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Maker Faire

April 25, 2013 16:52 ET

Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 Speaker Line Up to Feature Innovators, Thought Leaders, Artisans, and Young Makers

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 25, 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, will deliver a weekend full of opportunities to learn and be inspired by some of the leading movers and makers of the maker movement. Whether attendees want to get insights from experts in the field of 3D printing and microcontrollers, updates from "founding fathers" of computing and gaming, or are interested in hearing how the maker mindset impacts education and the classroom, there will be an abundance of presentations, sessions, and hands-on forums to take their maker needs to the next level.

"We have organized a program that includes some of the most influential leaders as well as new innovators -- from Nobel Prize laureates to inspired young makers -- that are making significant impacts on the maker movement," said Dale Dougherty, president and CEO, of Maker Media. "I'm personally just delighted at the many opportunities our attendees will have to learn and make at the event."

The Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 program consists of speakers and interviews across ten stages on both May 18 and May 19. From well-known thought leaders on the Center Stage, to panels on emerging trends on the Make: Live stage, to how-to workshops on Arduino and RaspberryPi on the Circuit Board stage, to hands-on homesteader skills at the HOMEGROWN Village Workshop, Maker Faire is ready to engage both the minds and hands of attendees.

Highlights of this year's Center Stage presentation program include:

Saturday, May 18:

11:00 am: Brit Morin, founder and CEO of Brit + Co. and San Francisco-based entrepreneur, will speak about "Making for a Living." Morin will share how she found her passion for making and combined tech and creativity to turn it into a life-long career.

12:30 pm: Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, will present on "CAD for Kids."

1:30 pm: Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino project, will give audiences an update via his talk, "The State of Arduino."

3:00 pm: Sean Riley, master rigger, engineering enthusiast, and star of National Geographic Channel's "World's Toughest Fixes." Riley will enlighten audiences on the invisible importance of heavy machinery and the virtues of fixing.

3:30 pm: Eben Upton, creator of the revolutionary, low-cost RaspberryPi computer. Upton will discuss the future of RaspberryPi and its charitable mission to engage children in making.

4:00 pm: Jimmie DiResta, New York-based master maker, designer, and artist. DiResta will discuss the details of producing his online video series, "DIRESTA," and the unusual and compelling approach of telling a how-to-make story with no words, only the moving image.

6:30 pm: Veronica Belmont, co-host of Revision3's popular technology show, "Tekzilla." Belmont will host "DIY Consumer Tech!," a panel/competition where three makers will show off their DIY versions of popular consumer technology gadgets.

Sunday, May 19:

10:30 am: David Lang, maker, writer, and co-founder of OpenROV. A few years ago, Lang had no experience making and now he's working on underwater robots and running a small maker business. Attendees will be inspired by his "Zero to Maker" story.

11:00 am: Adam Savage, industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator and co-host of the Discovery Channel's series "Myth Busters" and "Unchained Reaction." Savage will share with the crowds his love of making and why we should all embrace the maker mindset. (Location: Coke Zero & Mentos Stage, West Lot.)

11:30 am: Gregg Maryniak, chairman of the X Prize Foundation. Maryniak will share the history of the X PRIZE and how the original Ansari X PRIZE challenged the world's top makers and innovators.

1:00 pm: Arno Penzias, Nobel Prize laureate in physics. Penzias will explain the origin of the universe and how to tie a perfectly symmetrical tie, which "nobody ever does."

1:30 pm: Chris Anderson, author, entrepreneur, and co-founder and CEO of 3DRobotics, a drone manufacturing company. Anderson will speak about "Farm Drones: Feed the World, Save the Environment, Try Very Hard Not to Become Self-Aware."

2:00 pm: Dale Dougherty, president and CEO of Maker Media, interviews Charles Hull, co-founder and CTO of 3D Systems. Dougherty and Hull will discuss the origins of the 3D printing industry and Hull's perspective on advanced research efforts in digital and additive manufacturing.

3:00 pm: Mark Setrakian, animatronics expert and chief roboticist of Syfy network's "Robot Combat League." Setrakian will provide an inside look at the tools, the materials, and the process of creating twelve different 8-foot tall hydraulic fighting machines for this popular television show.

3:30 pm: Dr. Dawn Wendell, engineer, maker, and assistant director of admissions at MIT. Wendell will share advice on how to talk about maker projects in the college admissions process in her talk, "When Makers Apply to College."

In addition to the presentations on the various stages, leading the hands-on learning opportunities at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 is the Learn to Solder area hosted by returning Goldsmith Sponsor, RadioShack Corporation. "RadioShack is thrilled to be back at the event to meet young makers and teach them the basics of soldering. The chance to connect with young makers who are excited about making keeps bringing RadioShack back for more. We look forward to meeting new makers, and seeing the many new innovations and inventions Maker Faire has to offer. We invite all attendees to stop by RadioShack's Learn to Solder area to check out the fun," Amy Shineman, director of consumer and product marketing for RadioShack.

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, Zazzle; Silversmith: Atmel, Chevy, Cognizant, Esurance, Ford, NVIDIA, Roblox; Coppersmith: 3D Robotics, ASUS, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, GeekDad, Google, ShopBot Tools, Sifteo, 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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