Maker Faire Bay Area — 2011: A Maker Space Odyssey

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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We’re thrilled by how things are shaping up for this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area. This year’s theme will be:

2011: A Maker Space Odyssey — From Maker Space to Outer Space

Some highlights for 2011, so far, include:

Returning Favorites:
– MakerBot 3D printing area
– MakerShed Learn to Solder Area
– Arc Attack – Musical Tesla Coils
– Flaming Lotus Girls with Three Mutopia Pods
– Lil Ju Ju Pinball Museum
– FIRST Tech Challenge & FIRST Lego League
– R2 D2 Astromech Droids
– Land Sharks – RC controlled neon creatures
– Twin Towers 19′ Tesla Coils
– Young Maker Projects
– Make and Launch Compressed Air Rockets
– Interactive Sculpture Garden by Posables
– Makerspace and Hackerspace

Flaming Lotus Girls, Maker Fair Bay Area, 2010. Image by twelves.

New Makers and Activities:
– Chariot Races (organized by Madagascar Institute)
– DIY Kit makers, including:
       NASA/Make: Space challenge
       Open hardware electronic kits
       DIY Kits for kids, by kids
       Algae kits to grow your our spirulina superfood
       Cheese-making kits
– “Race and Shoot” games from SF Model Yacht club
– Stanford Solar Car Project
– Bug in a book workshop – From MAKE Volume 16, the Spy Tech issue
– Fresh-pressed Sunflower Oil

Want to learn more about Maker Faire? Meet the Maker Faire team and fellow makers? Learn about our volunteer program? Tour the new TechShop San Francisco? We are holding a Maker Faire Town Hall on Tuesday, 3/15 at 7pm at the new TechShop San Francisco location. This is a perfect chance to get your questions answered and prepare for Maker Faire Bay Area 2011. To register to attend, and get more information, check out our EventBrite announcement.

Applications are available at: Call For Makers (Extended to March 21st!)

We can’t wait for this always-inspiring event and we hope we’ll see you there!