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September 18, 2013 19:25 ET

"Maker Week" Proclaimed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg September 16-20 as New York City Prepares for World Maker Faire September 21 & 22

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 18, 2013) - World Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, and New York Hall of Science, are thrilled to be bringing World Maker Faire back to the citizens of New York for a fresh and fantastic showing of maker exuberance. Declared once again September 18, 2013 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the entire week of World Maker Faire is "Maker Week." 

Maker Week stands for all of what Maker Faire values: ingenuity, creativity, and a DIY spirit in a space that makers of every age and skill level can see, learn, do, and explore. Maker Week will continue to propel the maker movement forward by assembling the community of innovators, scientists, artists, food makers, tinkerers, crafters, and engineers who thrive on sharing their passion for making with others.

The following activities are taking place throughout Maker Week and New York City to bring makers together:

  • Saturday, September 14: littleBits Global Makeathon, New York, NY
    The littleBits Global Makeathon is the world's largest physical and virtual littleBits workshop. littleBits is bringing together makers from around the world for one day to bring their own cities to life. Join littleBits, with your Bits, your crafts, and your tools and Make Something that Does Something!

  • Wednesday, September 18: MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
    MAKE magazine will host for a one-day workshop for maker pros. This unprecedented opportunity to network with fellow maker pros will give makers learn tips and hints, best practices, and avenues to successfully navigate the transition to maker pro. Co-hosts Dale Dougherty, Travis Good, and Haytham Elhawary join leaders at the forefront of the maker movement -- early pioneers who paved the road for others to benefit from their experience, both successes and pitfalls.

  • Thursday, September 19: 12th NY Hardware Start-Up Meet-up, New York, NY
    A follow-up to the Hardware Innovation Workshop, the NY Hardware Start-Up Meetup will feature hardware superstars such as Andrew "Bunnie" Huang, Jeff McAlvay, James "Laen" Neal, and David Lang.

  • Thursday, September 19: Education Day at World Maker Faire New York, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
    Over 750 students get a sneak peek tour of Maker Faire as it's being set up for the weekend. Students meet and interact with selected makers, participate in maker activities, see maker performances, and get a glimpse of the setup process for this large-scale event over the course of a tour of the fairgrounds. The goal of Maker Faire Education Day is to ignite the maker in young people and show them all they can do in the world of making.

  • Thursday, September 19: Educator Meet-Up and Arduino Workshops, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
    The Educator Meet-up brings together fellow educators for hands-on activities and projects to try out, dive into, and take back into the classroom, tours of the grounds as they're being set up for the Maker Faire, opportunities for mingling and idea-sharing, and conversations with Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media, and Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. Also offered will be two special hands-on Arduino workshops, led by a member of Arduino.

  • Friday, September 20: Atmel Analyst Panel: The Maker Community and Education, Atmel will host a public media/industry analyst panel on the maker community and education. Members of the panel include Atmel's Reza Kazerounian, CEO of Arduino Massimo Banzi, Atmel maker and Hexbug guru Bob Martin, Atmel Community Manager and University Liaison Sylvie Barak, university engineer professor Annmarie Thomas, 12-year old CEO and maker Quinn (QTechKnow), and MAKE Books Senior Editor Brian Jepson. The panel will be moderated by Windell H. Oskay of Evil Mad Scientists.

  • Friday, September 20: Make a Makerspace Workshop, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
    Artisan's Asylum and MAKE will deliver an intensive one-day workshop with the goal of helping makers through the process of setting up, characterizing, and planning out the stages of developing their own makerspace.

  • Saturday, September 21: Bike Ride to Maker Faire, Long Island City, Queens, NY
    Fellow maker cyclists will ride to World Maker Faire from Long Island City, Queens, at 10:15 am, from the Dutch Kills Green at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge. Riders get free parking at the bike valet, plus a collector's patch and entry into a raffle for prizes.

  • Saturday, September 21: World Maker Faire New York, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
    Open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, the fourth annual World Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.

  • Sunday, September 22: World Maker Faire New York, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
    Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on September 22

In addition to the activities planned during Maker Week and over the weekend, World Maker Faire is proud to have KiX Cereal as the first-time sponsor of the Nerdy Derby. The Nerdy Derby is a no-rules, miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby. As part of their sponsorship, the KiX team is providing all of the materials for kids to build their mini racecars. KiX Cereal believes that today's clever kids are tomorrow's big problem solvers and are proud to take part in this year's event and support kids' maker ambitions.

Tickets are on sale now for World Maker Faire New York 2013 at http://makerfairenyc.eventbrite.com. Tickets range in price from $10-$35 for a full day pass. Faire visitors can purchase tickets online between now and September 20, 2013, at online advance prices. Tickets can also be purchased at World Maker Faire New York 2013 on September 21 and September 22, 2013.

Maker Faire
Created by the editors of MAKE magazine, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in May 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in just four years and expects over 600 makers and 70,000 attendees this September. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, and Tokyo are the home of "featured" 2013 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world. For more information about Maker Faire, visit makerfaire.com.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, World Maker Faire New York 2013 runs Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22, at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY, 11368. Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $10-$35; ages 2 and under are free. Visit http://www.makerfaire.com for all the details. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://makerfaire2013.eventbrite.com/

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World Maker Faire Sponsors
World Maker Faire New York 2013 sponsors include: Title Sponsor: Disney; Goldsmith Sponsors: KiX Cereal, RadioShack, Zazzle; Silversmith Sponsors: Atmel, Cognizant, Esurance, Ford, MakerBot, Microsoft, Motorola -- A Google Company, PurinaONE, SketchUp, Time Warner Cable; Coppersmith Sponsors: ASUS, Autodesk, Chobani, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, GeekDad, Kraftwurks, littleBits, Shapeways, ShopBot Tools, Vex Robotics.

New York Hall of Science
The New York Hall of Science presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations and design spaces that explain science, technology, engineering and math. A visit to NYSCI is a hands-on, energetic educational experience where you can indulge your curiosity and nurture your creativity. NYSCI offers professional development for teachers, produces curricula and resources for classrooms, and studies how technology, gaming and play affect how we learn. NYSCI was founded at the 1964-65 World's Fair and has evolved into New York's center for interactive science serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year.

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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