SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 22, 2015) - The producers and organizers of Maker Faire announced the dates of the second annual MakerCon New York today. On September 24, 2015 the most influential leaders in technology, education, manufacturing, design and creative culture will gather at the New York Hall of Science from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to converge on ideas, insights and valuable discussions regarding the international impact of the Maker Movement. Intel and Cisco present this year's day-long event, with additional support for the "Evening of Innovation" provided by Sprout by HP.
"We're thrilled to have Cisco and Intel join us as lead sponsors for another year," said Sherry Huss, vice president of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire. "Their involvement in MakerCon indicates how important innovation, creativity and discovery are to their corporate goals, as well as overall support for the Maker Movement, which is incredibly exciting."
The format of the conference allows individuals to tap into thought leaders on their philosophies and idea on how to make things and get them to market. It's a meeting place for entrepreneurs who want to emerge in their prototypes for commercial retail, cultural and civic leaders driving Maker-focused initiatives and product developers inspired by the Maker Movement.
"MakerCon is a conference with an energy unlike any other," said Dale Dougherty, executive chairman and founder of Maker Media, founder and publisher of Make: and co-founder of Maker Faire. " It's an event that really highlights the successes of all types of Makers. MakerCon is the best place to find this all on display because attendees witness technology providers, leaders and local government agencies who are all supporting the growth of Maker culture and businesses in cities all over the world."
MakerCon is in conjunction with Maker Faire Week in New York, which begins September 21 and closes at World Maker Faire on September 27. In 2014, MakerCon featured 52 speakers; 10 keynotes; 42 sessions; four tracks; six major product announcements, and 20 startups. The one-day format, which is new for 2015, will focus on themes relevant to the Maker community, including the business of Making, manufacturing, education, health and robotics.
The event will also host the "Pitch Your Prototype" Challenge presented by Cornell University. Five finalists will have an opportunity to present their innovative product prototype before a select panel of judges and the winner be announced and awarded a $5,000 prize. The day will end with the "Evening of Innovation" and the MakerCon Showcase, which will feature nearly 25 exhibitors demonstrating innovative products and technologies.
Advance tickets are available for $295.00 until Friday September 18 and must be purchased online. For more information about attending MakerCon New York, the speaker lineup, session descriptions or to register, visit makercon.com. The schedule of events for Maker Faire Week and World Maker Faire can be found at makerfaire.com.
About 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. Headquartered in San Francisco, 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. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.