SOURCE: Maker Faire

April 23, 2015 15:25 ET

Maker Faire Bay Area Announces Makers Exhibiting at 10th Anniversary Event

1,200-Plus Makers to Showcase Innovative & Ingenious Projects

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - April 23, 2015) - Maker Faire Bay Area 2015, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, will bring together over 1,200 Makers to share their projects, passions for making, and experiences playing an integral role in the Maker Movement. Exhibiting at the 10th anniversary of Maker Faire Bay Area will be Makers who have been involved from the beginning as well as new Makers -- over 25% of all exhibitors -- who are joining them as pacesetters of the Maker Movement. These new Makers have been inspired by a decade of Makers who are leading the Maker Movement and showing the world that we are all makers, changing the way we learn, create, and see the future. The inspiration that fuels the passion in these Makers in turn excites society as a whole and positively impacts our changing world.

"When we launched Maker Faire in 2006, we wanted to bring the community together to meet Makers, to share and celebrate their projects, successes, and failures, and to show the world that everyone is a Maker," said Sherry Huss, vice president of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire. "Maker Faire has expanded in tandem with fast-growing movements such robotics, drones, computing, the DIY boom, wearables, IoT, 3D printing, space science, cars, sensors, mobile, and more. We've accomplished what we set out to do, and are thrilled to see the Faire, and the Maker Movement, grow and prosper around the world."

The event will continue to be curated in ways that give attendees the opportunity to unearth new projects and offerings from Makers, and better understand how the Maker Movement is impacting their own lives. The range of Makers included in this 10th anniversary event has broadened to include more young Makers, new groups of Makers, Makers representing more international communities, and more. Attendees will take in the amazing creations, products, inspiration, hobbies, innovations, and inventions covering an assortment of hot topics such 3D printing, kinetic sculptures, wearables, design, trends in food making, STEAM exposure for school-age kids, sustainability, microcontrollers, education, and much more.

The list of Makers exhibiting at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 can be found here: http://makerfaire.com/bay-area-2015/meet-the-makers/. Highlights from the exhibitor list include:

  • Aquatrope: A self-powered and electric, pedal-assisted mobile art sculpture. Created by Maker Richard Wilks, Aquatrope explores how profoundly society is intertwined with a vital resource, water. It makes a powerful statement with its beauty and holistic message about how water is crucial to our human existence and to the health and survival of the natural world.
  • The CoasterDad Project: Local Bay Area maker, Will Pemble, is bringing one of his world-famous, custom backyard roller coasters to the Faire. He'll be sharing with attendees his experience making the roller coaster and his love for physics, fun, and making.
  • Conductak: An electrically conductive sticky tack that is used to prototype circuits and mount components practically anywhere. At the Faire, attendees can use Conductak to create their other simple projects and test the usability of Conductak.
  • EarthMover: Made from excavators and excavator parts, EarthMover is a large sculpture of an ant, paying homage to the power and determination of ants. Several parts of the sculpture are kinetic and can be controlled by Faire goers.
  • FARMcurious: Educating, inspiring, and equipping people with an interest in re-connecting with where their food comes from and making their own artisan food from scratch. At the Faire, attendees can learn about cheese-making, fermenting, meat curing, and much more from the FARMcurious team.
  • Gocupi: A robot that draws on vertical surfaces. It's open-sourced, powered by a Raspberry Pi, has an Arduino-driven motor control board, uses the Go programming language, and produces beautifully detailed drawings on the fly.
  • InMoov: The first open source, 3D printed, life-size robot that can be replicated on any home 3D printer with a 12cm area. InMoov was conceived as a development platform for all Makers.
  • Light Play: An interactive hive of miniature delta robots made from 3D printed parts, which act as a mechanical prosthetic for enhancing self-expression.
  • Project Daffodil: An electronic pop-up book featuring princess engineers and electrical dragons that's embedded with simple circuits, introducing young girls to the world of engineering and teaching the basics of circuitry.
  • Rhino Redemption: Created by Reared in Steel, Rhino Redemption is a fire-breathing rhinoceros art car that stands 11 feet tall by almost 10 feet wide and is 28 feet long. It's fully equipped with hydraulic steering, a sound system, and LED lights.
  • Robot Resurrection: A towering 28-foot tall, human piloted, articulating sculpture made from 95% airplane parts. Complete with lighting and laser effects, Robot Resurrection is a spectacular creation that attendees will get to see first-hand at the Faire.
  • Terabite: The first one million-megapixel macro photograph and it can be viewed in person at the Faire. The Terabite was created from over 625,000 photographs and features an incredible mosaic.
  • Vidcode: Teaching teen girls computer programming by enabling them to customize videos with code. Participants can film stop motion animations, code their own effects, and then share it online.

In addition to the wide variety of Makers showcasing their projects, Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 will include a mix of attractions Faire goers have come to anticipate experiencing at the event. Some of the attractions include:

DFRobot, Goldsmith Sponsor, Highlights Drone Robot Innovations at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015

Another hot topic for this year's Faire is robotics. DFRobot, new Goldsmith Sponsor at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015, will be bringing their knowledge of robotics to share with attendees of all skill levels who are hungry to get hands-on experience with robotics. DFRobot will provide an intuitive, flexible, and powerful robot construction kit that is designed for both techies and newbies. With just minutes of assembling and programming, attendees can create their very own unique robot without any coding, and fully enjoy the advantages of open-source and cutting edge technologies such as 3D printing and Bluetooth low energy.​

DFRobot believes that the future is in robotics and that everyone can benefit from robotics. At the Faire they will be showing attendees how to identify their own challenges, solve new problems, motivate themselves to complete a project, work together, inspire others, and give advice and share with others.

As a world-leading robotics and open source hardware provider with a learning community catering to future creators, DFRobot creates innovative, user-friendly products that become the building blocks in all kinds of projects and foster a strong community of learners around it.

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 2.3 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, Pittsburgh, Silver Springs, San Diego, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Newscastle (UK), Berlin, Hannover, Trondheim, Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo, Singapore, and Shenzhen host our "featured" larger-scale Maker Faires, 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. Maker Media is based in San Francisco, and has offices in Sebastopol, CA and at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

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
Presenting: Intel; Goldsmith: Autodesk, DFRobot, Google, Italian Trade Agency, Sprout by HP; Silversmith: Air France, Atmel, Cognizant, Dremel, Microsoft, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, ROBLOX, SketchUp, TechShop.

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