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March 18, 2014 15:10 ET

Maker Faire Kicks Off 2014 in the Bay Area Celebrating the "Year of the Maker" With 9th Annual Event, May 17 & 18

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 18, 2014) - Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, will be back in the Bay Area to celebrate the "Year of the Maker" at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA, on Saturday, May 17, from 10am to 8pm and Sunday, May 18, from 10am to 6pm. The maker movement has reached new heights over the last year, impacting the way people are learning, creating, sharing, and collaborating on hobby projects, new inventions, and product enhancements. Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 will showcase this electric enthusiasm for making and bring together the community that exemplifies the maker spirit.

"A lot has happened since we were in town for Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 -- and a lot of Maker Faires have happened. We launched 100 Maker Faires around the world last year and over 530,000 people experienced those Faires," said Sherry Huss, co-founder of Maker Faire and vice president at Maker Media. "The maker movement has reached a whole new level and we're very excited to be back in the Bay Area to share first-hand the movement's success with the audience there."

The Bay Area Faire is the where the platform for makers launched just nine years ago and a gauge each year of where the maker movement is headed. This year's event will celebrate makers and how far the maker movement has come, shining a spotlight on the creative, inventive, and resourceful individuals who personify humans at their very best -- the makers.

"Twenty thirteen was a huge year for the maker movement. Makers are impacting society in major ways -- education and how people, especially children, are learning about making; how products are developed and manufactured; how ideas are coming to market; and much more. It's clear 2014 is the breakout year for makers around the world and we are so happy to celebrate it, bringing that energy and that thrust to Maker Faire Bay Area for all to experience," said Dale Dougherty, president of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire.

Tickets are on sale now for Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 at http://makerfairebayarea2014.eventbrite.com at advance pricing. Advance ticket sales ($17.50 - $32.50 for a full day pass) take place between March 17 and May 16. Tickets can also be purchased on-site at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17 and 18, 2014 ($25.00 - $40.00 for a full day pass).

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Maker Faire celebrated 100 Faires in 2013 alone and has reached over 1.5 million attendees globally since it launched in San Mateo, California, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first MAKE Magazine in 2005. The eighth annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 950 makers and 120,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Rome, Oslo, Newcastle (UK), Tokyo and Shenzhen host our "featured" Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires inspire and ignite creative communities everywhere around the United States and internationally.

Located in Sebastopol, California, Maker Media has been widely credited with jumpstarting the worldwide Maker Movement, which has been a transforming force in innovation, culture, and education. In addition to publishing MAKE Magazine and producing Maker Faire, Maker Media develops "getting started" kits and books it sells through its Maker Shed store as well as other retail channels.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $17.50 - $40.00; ages 3 and under are free. www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://makerfairebayarea2014.eventbrite.com.

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Goldsmith and Silversmith sponsors include: Goldsmith: Intel, RadioShack; Silversmith: Autodesk, Cognizant, MakerBot, Roblox.