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September 04, 2013 13:22 ET

World Maker Faire New York 2013's Program Line-up Highlights Thought Leaders, Experts, and Drivers of the Maker Movement Including Young Makers and Rising Innovators

First-Ever Make: 3D Printing Stage Debuts at World Maker Faire New York 2013 Featuring Leading Makers in Digital Fabrication

QUEENS, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 4, 2013) -  World Maker Faire New York, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, on September 21 and 22 at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens will feature a robust roster of maker movement notables. From discussions about emerging technologies to hands-on workshops to updates on the future of making, Faire attendees will have access to learning about -- and doing -- more to integrate the maker mindset into their own lives. 

The World Maker Faire New York 2013 program consists of presentations, interviews, how-to talks, and more, hosted between seven stages throughout the New York Hall of Science grounds. Debuting this year in New York for the first time at any Maker Faire is the Make: 3D Printing Stage featuring 34 sessions on the present and future of digital fabrication, materials, and making. The Make: Electronics Stage will showcase experts and innovators behind all leading microcontroller and robotics platforms. And the Innovation Stage, located in the NYSCI auditorium, offers deep-dive research and high-level perspectives from best-selling authors, educators, designers, historians, and maker entrepreneurs.

"Maker Faire is all about educating folks on the maker movement, igniting their own maker inclinations, and taking things to the next level. This year's event represents the diversity and excitement of the movement -- from everything about 3D printing to air rocket gliders to the Mason jar shaker kickstarter project, to an Arduino-powered fitness tracker -- we've got it all," said Dale Dougherty, president and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. "I'm personally thrilled to give World Maker Faire attendees first-hand access to these leaders and experts of making and the maker movement."

Program highlights for World Maker Faire New York 2013 include:

  • AJ Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author -- Experiment Your Way to a Better Life: Making doesn't just revolve around objects -- anyone can make, craft, or invent a better personality, sense of ethics, and new habits. AJ will discuss his various experiments, including Biblical Living and Extreme Health, and how they changed his life.

  • Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits -- Children Are Teaching Adults to Make Again: Making is becoming mainstream and maker spaces are popping up in places like schools and libraries. As a result, kids are getting their hands dirty and creating. Ayah will share her lessons learned and help adults build on this growing trend of kids getting back to making.

  • Bre Pettis, MakerBot CEO -- The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner: World Maker Faire is the U.S. debut of the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. Whether an expert in 3D modeling or just getting started, attendees can learn from Bre how the MakerBot Digitizer helps create clean, 3D-printable designs much faster than doing it by hand.

  • Carla Diana, artist, roboticist, and Smart Fellow from Smart Design -- The Rise of the Design Lab: Hacking and Making in a Professional Environment: Carla will discuss the triumphs and challenges of building the Smart Interaction Lab, a design lab engaged in experimentation and collaboration by interaction, at Smart Design.

  • Chip Wade, HGTV host of "Elbow Room" -- The 'At-Home' Maker: How to Build Innovation into Your Everyday Life: Chip will share with Faire-goers the lessons he's learned for building efficiency into the home via innovative thinking, processes, and projects.

  • David Lang, author, co-founder of OpenROV and MAKE contributing editor -- Zero to Maker -- Getting Up to Speed with the Maker Movement: David will discuss how he became a maker after losing his job, and how the experience helped him co-found OpenROV, a community and product line focused on undersea exploration. His new MAKE book, Zero to Maker, is a guide for others who want to get onboard the maker movement.

  • Doug Rushkoff, media theorist, writer, and graphic novelist -- The Industrial Age is Over: Welcome to the Maker Age: What comes after the Industrial Age? Not the digital age, but the Maker Age. Doug will show how to embrace the real-time landscape ahead.

  • Eben Upton, founder Raspberry Pi Foundation -- Raspberry Pi: Shiny New Toys: Eben will recap some of the neat stuff he's seen people do with the Pi over the last six months, show a demo of the new hardware-accelerated desktop environment, and talk about what's coming up next, including Pi's night-vision camera module, Pinoir.

  • Elissa Shevinsky, technologist, entrepreneur, and DIY enthusiast -- DIY Home Roasting Coffee: Elissa will deliver a caffeinated shot of DIY inspiration by demonstrating to attendees that roasting their own coffee is not only economical, it's awesome! She'll cover the basics of home roasting including affordable equipment to get started and tips on creating the perfect roast.

  • Jared Nielsen, co-founder of Dotot and The Hello World Program -- How To Make A Puppet Show The Open Source Way: Jared will teach attendees how to make their own puppet show. He'll discuss the joys and challenges of prototyping puppets, writing educational yet entertaining scripts, and using open source software to produce The Hello World Program.

  • John Maeda, president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) -- The Art of Critical Making: Hear from John how critical making helps achieve the authenticity we crave in our everyday encounters by changing someone's -- or the world's! -- perspective with the things we make.

  • Jose Gomez-Marquez, MIT's Little Devices Lab -- Medical Making for Health -- Around the World and at Home in America: Jose will discuss how "little devices" and maker nurses are saving lives around the world and here in the U.S.

  • Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino project -- The State of Arduino: Massimo will give audiences an update on all that's happening in the world of the Arduino microcontroller.

  • "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, resident scientist on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" -- When Science Goes Boom: "Science Bob" will be live and in-person at World Maker Faire enlightening children of all ages with several experiments, gadgets, and contraptions featured in his upcoming Nick & Tesla book series.

  • 3D Design Practice Panel featuring talented designers Kacie Hultgren of Pretty Small Things, Todd Blatt of Custom 3D Stuff, and Fred Kahl of Coney Island's Great Fredini, all featured in Matthew Griffin's upcoming MAKE book, Design and Modeling for 3D Printing (early release 09/13). Each designer will share their design practice: how they got started, how they develop their work, and what new tools and techniques they are learning. As always, there will be opportunities to learn more about 3D printing and design work elsewhere at this year's Faire.

All seven stages showcase inspired individuals -- makers -- who are engaged in their work, and practicing the baseline Maker Faire themes of creativity, invention, and resourcefulness.

Cognizant, a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, is proud to sponsor the Young Makers Pavilion as part of its Making the Future education initiative, which seeks to inspire young learners in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the arts by providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Young Makers and their instructors from Cognizant's Making the Future Afterschool and Summer Programs from across the U.S. will conduct workshops for children attending the Faire, demonstrating how children can "learn by making" through engaging them in fun hands-on projects such as electronics, programming, and 3D printing. Cognizant has funded over 35 afterschool and summer programs across the U.S. since Making the Future was first launched at the World Maker Faire in September 2011.

Full program information, presentation times and locations, speaker details and more can be found at: Live streaming will be available

Tickets are on sale now for World Maker Faire New York 2013 at 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 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

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 for all the details. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes:

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World Maker Faire Sponsors
World Maker Faire New York 2013 sponsors include: Title Sponsor: Disney; Goldsmith Sponsors: 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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