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Maker Faire: Freaks, geeks and entrepreneurs Fortune Small Business article by Jessica Bruder…

They came by the thousands: rocket builders and knitting enthusiasts, weavers and welders, blacksmiths and bicyclemakers. They brought flamethrowers, catapults and a two-story robot that spat Ping-Pong balls. They taught visitors how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and how to turn old socks into plush monsters.

Welcome to the weird world of Maker Faire, a giant melting pot of science geeks, do-it-yourselfers and entrepreneurs. Since the event launched in San Mateo, Calif. in 2006, it has attracted a growing number of innovators seeking to catalyze their startup businesses… “They see small ways to change the world or change their lives,” says Dale Dougherty, publisher of Make magazine, which hosts the Faire. “They might make a million dollars, but that’s not their life’s goal.”

Maker Faire Bay Area, May 30 & 31 – 2009! Get tickets now!