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The Maker Faire was a huge success. Over 20,000 people came to the faire and had a great time. Maker Faire was the biggest science faire type of a thing to ever to have been put on. With hands-on activities and events, attendees learned how to make everything from paper airplanes to robots. Workshops and presenters inspired thousands of people to go home and do more of what people do best – make things!

The makers, exhibits, and workshops were fantastic. Shortly after the Maker Faire ended, I caught up with Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of Make and he had this to say about how Maker Faire went.

One of the most powerful things about the Maker Faire was connecting with makers. I strongly believe that the forces of innovation and invention are getting stronger in the world. With Maker Faire, the maker revolution has begun. Make is much bigger than a magazine, it is a community. We’ve all had the experience of creating something or fixing something and enjoyed the deep sense of satisfaction and pride that goes along with the feeling of creating something. This feeling was infectuous at the Maker Faire.

As of this weekend, I’m officially the media maker/video guy for make Make and I shot interviews with as many makers as I could. I have 9 hours of tape to edit! As a video podcaster, I’m proud of the media making makers who promptly went home and uploaded their video up to the internet with the tags: makerfaireand makerfaire2006. I’ve already watched fencing robots, perpetual pinball, cartwheeling robots, and a giant robot giraffe.

f you made video at the Maker Faire, you gotta share it! Upload it and then drop a note into the comments of this post and point everyone to it!

If you’ve shot photographs at the Maker Faire, make sure to tag them with makerfaire or makerfaire2006! If not, you can live vicariously through the videos and photographs!

Another media hightlight of the Maker Faire, was the Maker Movie Festival. I’ll post a list of all the submissions soon!

Image courtesy of Jacob Applebaum