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May 15, 2013 14:31 ET

Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 Announces May 13-19 as Maker Week in San Mateo County

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2013) -  Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, to be held on May 18 and 19 at the San Mateo County Event Center, is proud to announce "Maker Week" in San Mateo County, May 13-19. The maker movement will be shared throughout the Bay Area as the eighth annual Maker Faire descends on San Mateo County. Faire goers will come to explore, engage, learn, and get their make on with over 900 makers, 12 stages with over 300 presentations, and much more. 

Maker Week highlights include:

  • Hardware Innovation Workshop -- May 14 & 15 at the College of San Mateo
    The Hardware Innovation Workshop is designed for makers in business trying to figure out how to navigate the ecosystem -- from fundraising to strategic partners to manufacturing options. This MAKE event also shines the spotlight on the most interesting and innovative tools and technology, platforms and projects, and devices and designs based on open hardware. Details and registration for the event can be found here:

  • Hardware Innovation Workshop Master Class with Bunnie Huang -- May 14: A Special Workshop on Advanced Manufacturing
    Aimed at makers making the jump to pro and needing guidance about manufacturing options from small scale to large, this new session is a deep dive into the new manufacturing arena, both domestically and abroad. A prelude to the broader topics of the Hardware Innovation Workshop which cover all aspects of the maker business ecosystem, the workshop is presented and hosted by Bunnie Huang, a maker's maker. Bunnie is co-founder of Chumby and an authority on manufacturing and getting products to market. He will lead a panel discussion that will focus on the mindset and documentation needed to enter the world of professional contract manufacturing. Bunnie's talk will distill a wealth of information on the business side of making. This event is sold out.

  • Maker Faire's 5th Annual Education Day sponsored by Intel -- May 16, 11am-2pm: Education Day is a unique field trip experience for Bay Area K-12 students and teachers to get a "backstage preview" and visit some of the Maker Faire exhibits and makers as the event is being set up. There will be over 2000 children this year. Details on the day are available here:

  • Maker Faire's 5th Annual Educator Meet-up -- May 16, 4pm-7pm: This afternoon session, hosted by the education team of Maker Media, is devoted entirely to educators. There is a full slate of fun, hands-on activities and projects meant to get teachers making, take things home, refine their skills, share project and curriculum ideas, and learn about what other educators are doing with their students and in their classrooms. More details and registration available here:

  • Maker Faire Media Press Briefing -- May 16: Hosted by Dale Dougherty, founder, CEO and president of Maker Media, this press briefing will discuss how new tools and technologies, crowd funding, and collaboration are enabling makers to transform entire industries, change educators' approach to hands-on learning, and inspiring makers of all ages all over the world. The briefing will provide an inside look at the Maker Movement, from the maker business ecosystem to the witty and inspired designs and devices on display throughout Maker Faire. For more information or an invitation email

  • How to Make a Makerspace -- May 17: This offering is for those in the process of starting or growing a makerspace. Artisan's Asylum and MAKE are holding an intensive one-day workshop bringing organizers from some of the leading makerspaces across the country to share their experiences and answer your questions. Over the course of the day they will discuss business models, permitting and insurance, community-building and the particular challenges of incorporating education and/or business incubation into a maker's mission. This won't be a spectator's event: attendees must be prepared to tell their story, ask questions, look at numbers, and make decisions. To register for this event go here:

  • How to Make a Maker Faire Workshop @ Maker Faire Bay Area -- May 17: A workshop for current and future Mini Maker Faire Producers. Breakout session and conversation topics will include: strategy around how to grow events in quality and scale and learn from the other producer's experiences; how to maximize press, marketing, and social media efforts via sponsorships, partners, schools, makers; maker outreach and relationships, and how to best leverage and grow them; how to keep Maker Faire safe but still bring the more "dangerous" content to the Faire; and how to produce hands-on activities. This workshop will cover production and how to get the most out of your budget and teams. To attend this workshop, register here:

  • Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 -- May 18 & 19: A weekend extravaganza of DIY spirit, innovation, inventiveness, and ingenuity around almost any topic you can think of -- music, fire arts, robotics, crafts, engineering, arts, electronics, healthcare, cyclery, steampunk, food, sustainability, and more. Tickets are available for sale now and on-site: Here are a handful of some unique parts of the event this year sure to delight attendees of all ages:
    • Underwater ROVs: Attendees can get some first-hand experience with underwater robots that roam the sea for science and adventure.
    • HOMEGROWN Village: HOMEGROWN Village is all about sharing every aspect of food making: farming and gardening, harvesting, cooking, and eating. 
    • Lock Picking Workshop: Attendees can tinker with locks and tools and become proficient with the lock-picking skills they've only seen in the movies. Presented by TOOOL -- The Open Organization of Lockpickers.
    • Bazarr Bizaare: All handmade items for sale by a vast collection of designers and artists. Find something for your home, your closet, gifts, décor, and more.
    • Power Racing: Toyota, a Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 Goldsmith Sponsor, is proud to bring the Power Racing event to life. The Power Racing series features small teams from all over the country that create working electric vehicles and race them on a specially designed track. Toyota will also host the following activities to further connect with people who share enthusiasm for do-it-yourself and engineering projects, technology and innovation:
      • RAV4 EV: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV will be on display, giving attendees the chance to check out the world's first electric crossover SUV. 
      • Bike-Powered Slot Car Track: Toyota will offer attendees the opportunity to compete for prizes while challenging friends to a race on a custom-built, bicycle-powered electric slot car track. As one person controls the slot car, another generates energy by cycling as fast as he or she can. 
      • The Maker Lounge: Toyota will provide a comfortable lounge space, complete with Wi-Fi and power outlets. RAV4 EV Executive Program Manager Sheldon Brown will be available to answer questions about the RAV4 EV. Attendees will have exclusive access to Sheldon Brown to learn about the development of the RAV4 EV and ask technical questions about this innovative vehicle.

And, as always, Maker Faire will show the latest and greatest from the worlds of RaspberryPi, Arduino, 3D printing, and more.

With the growing popularity of Maker Faire each year, it's crucial for attendees to make a plan for how to get to the event. The Maker Faire website details alternative transportation options including free parking and shuttle service, train and city bus routes/stops, cycling to the event and bike valet parking, etc. All details can be found here:

Maker Faire
The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 165,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires, in the Bay Area and New York, in 2012 with 44% of attendees being first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family event, the vast majority attend with children. In 2013, over 60 community-driven Mini Maker Faires are expected around the world, including Tokyo and Rome. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $10-$35; ages 3 and under are free. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes:

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Maker Faire Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 sponsors include: Goldsmith: Autodesk, Intel Corp., RadioShack, Toyota, Zazzle; Silversmith: Atmel, Chevy, Cognizant, Esurance, Ford, NVIDIA, Roblox; Coppersmith: 3D Robotics, ASUS, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, GeekDad, Google, Lego Mindstorms, Motorola, ShopBot Tools, Sifteo Cubes, SketchUp, TechShop, Vex Robotics.

Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.

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