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October 25, 2016 09:53 ET

World Maker Faire Wraps 7th Annual Flagship Event in New York to Fantastic Reviews

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - October 25, 2016) - World Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, celebrated its 7th annual event, October 1 & 2, 2016, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY. Ninety-five thousand people from the New York area and beyond convened over the weekend to share in the magic of the Maker Movement, confirming that World Maker Faire is the place on the East Coast to experience making first hand and take in the abundance of inspiration and motivation that is prevalent at the Faire.

"Maker Faire brings the future into full view for all of us," said Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire. "Whether it's in the classroom, a makerspace, or a corporation, making leads us to innovate and advance. It excites us about the potentials, allowing us to focus on the possibilities. Maker Faire brings those possibilities together, putting the future on display for all to see, with the hundreds of projects Makers share with everyone at the Faire. Maker Faire is a special place that spotlights what lies ahead, and gathers the enthusiasm and encouragement necessary for moving forward."

World Maker Faire New York's highlights include:

  • News from Faire sponsors included:
    • Arduino.cc and Arduino.org coming together;
    • the unveiling of Kickstarter's Future FabLab including Wazer, Mayku, and Mr. Beam III;
    • GE's Lights for Life Challenge winners announcement;
    • the release of Maker Faire co-founder, Dale Dougherty's, book, "Free to Make";
    • Prusa Research's new i3 Mk2 and upgrade kit that provides an inexpensive way to use up to four different colors or materials on a single extruder 3D printer;
    • Avnet's release of Makersource.io;
    • and, Bernzomatic's new grant program offering Makers opportunities to improve their communities
  • 95,000 attendees visited the event
  • U.S. attendees came from 48 states; others represented 42 countries from around the world
  • 54% of attendees were first-time visitors to the Faire
  • 950 Maker entries were represented including presentations, performances, and attractions
  • Over half the entries included hands-on activities for attendees
  • 153 Makers were first-time participants
  • International Makers were represented in 44 exhibits around the Faire
  • 6 Stages with 189 leaders of the Maker Movement talking about a wide range of fun, important and relevant topics
  • Maker Faire's sustainability program is a core value of the brand and continues to be a key element of each Faire, at all levels of participation. Data points from the sustainability program include:
    • Total waste diversion rate of 74%;
    • 7.8 tons total waste was diverted to recycling;
    • 2.12 tons of waste collected for compost;
    • 1.6 tons of materials were donated for reuse;
    • 684 lbs. of cooking oil was collected to be turned into biofuel;
    • a new record of 100 volunteers supporting this program over the weekend!

A video recap of World Maker Faire New York 2016 can be viewed here.

In addition, the second Make: Education Forum was held on Friday, September 30, at the New York Hall of Science. A collaboration between Maker Media, MakerEd, and the New York Hall of Science, the Make: Education Forum brought together educators, makerspace organizers, librarians, local and federal state department representatives, and youth organizations who have developed models and platforms to serve bringing the Maker Movement into all levels of education. A full house of formal and informal education professionals who are tasked with creating project-based learning programs for kids that support general STEM areas enjoyed the opportunity to learn more, network with, and be inspired by mentors who are paving the way for bringing these changes into classrooms. The presentations from the Make: Education Forum can be found here.

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and 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 will celebrate 190 Faires in 2016 in 35 countries around the world. The 11th annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 1,300 Makers and 150,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the East Coast flagship event, has grown in seven years to 950 Makers and 95,000 attendees.

Maker Media seeks to create positive change in the world by inspiring and empowering everyone to become a Maker. Through our signature brand, Maker Faire, we have the largest event network that engages Makers around the world and under our Make: publishing brand, we produce Make: magazine, the how-to "bible" of the Maker movement, along with websites, books, and kits. Founded in 2005, and headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media caters to a universe of more than 25 million Makers across its properties.

Calendar Editors
Save the dates for Maker Faire Bay Area 2017 at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA, on Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2017. Find a Maker Faire in over 185 locations around the world in 2016 at http://makerfaire.com/map. More information about Maker Faire can be found a http://www.makerfaire.com.

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World Maker Faire New York 2016 Sponsors
World Maker Faire New York 2016 Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Barnes & Noble; Goldsmith: Google, Intel; Silversmith: Bernzomatic, Cognizant Technologies, Cypress Semiconductor, Forth by Local Motors, Makeblock, MakerSource, Microchip Technology Inc., National Aeronautics and Space Administration, RadioShack.

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