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February 24, 2015 14:09 ET

Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 Marks a Decade of Making in May

Intel Announced as 'Presenting Sponsor' of Bay Area Event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 24, 2015) - Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, celebrates its 10th annual event in the Bay Area on May 16-17. This event marks an important milestone in the Maker Movement and the shift in how we see ourselves and move about the world: we are all makers, changing the way we learn, create, and see the future.

"The Maker Movement is no longer a niche idea but a mainstream, everyday mindset. People have made the shift to seeing themselves as DIYers and creators, where anything is possible," said Dale Dougherty, founder and executive chairman of Maker Media, and co-founder of Maker Faire. "Whether it's upcycling a discarded household item into a more useful object or developing a crowdfunded project that changes the way we all create, people are making the change. It's exciting! And it's making an impact in people's lives that we haven't seen for quite some time."

Maker Faire has experienced significant continued growth for each of its 10 years. From the number of Faires now taking place around the world -- 151 events are already planned for 2015 -- to the increasing number of people attending those Faires -- a 47% increase from 2013 to 2014 -- Maker Faire has proven itself to be the place for makers of all kinds and levels to gather. As a result of this momentum, Fortune 500 companies are increasingly eager to join the movement.

Intel Announced as Maker Faire Bay Area 'Presenting Sponsor'

Maker Faire is proud to share that long-time Maker Faire Bay Area partner, Intel, will be the Presenting Sponsor. Intel's involvement in the Maker Movement, and the Bay Area event in particular, has been steadfast. Intel takes pride in its history, beginning with some of the earliest tinkerers in Silicon Valley, and in its efforts to forge a better future. Delivering technologies that empower and inspire makers of all ages to learn, to invent, and to carry on the legacy of DIY innovation is core to Intel's values. Taking their partnership to this new level only further solidifies Intel's commitment to the Maker Movement and their support of the Bay Area maker community.

Early Bird Discount on Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 Tickets Ends February 28

Tickets to Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 are on sale now with the early bird discount in effect through Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11:59 pm PST. The early bird discount offers the best savings available on ticket prices. Attendees are encouraged to make advance plans and secure their tickets now. Tickets with the early bird discount range between $25-$55 for weekend passes and $15-$30 for single day passes. Ticket prices go up at 12:00 am PST, Sunday, March 1, 2015.

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 131 Faires in 2014 alone and has reached over 1.5 million attendees globally since it launched in San Mateo, CA, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first Make: magazine in 2005. The ninth annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 1,100 makers and 130,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 830-plus makers and 85,000 attendees. Atlanta, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Orlando, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Newcastle (UK), Tokyo, Trondheim, Silver Spring and Shenzhen host our "featured" Maker Faires (200-plus makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires inspire and ignite creative communities everywhere around the United States and internationally.

Located in San Francisco, CA, 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 2015 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, with special invite-only access on Friday, May 15, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA. Friday, 1 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $17.50 - $40.00; ages 3 and under are free. http://www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: https://mfba2015.eventbrite.com.

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 Sponsors: Presenting: Intel; Goldsmith: Autodesk, DFRobot, Italian Trade Agency, Sprout by HP; Silversmith: Atmel, Cognizant, Dremel, NVIDIA, ROBLOX.

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