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The Maker Faire banner in front of the New York Hall of Science will greet all visitors as they enter the fair.

The gates to World Maker Faire New York don’t open until 10am on Saturday, but already the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and surrounding grounds are buzzing with beeping forklifts, tractor trailers, and tent construction crews getting ready for the biggest maker event on the East Coast.

This is the fourth World Maker Faire and this year there are more makers scheduled to show their stuff and attendance is expected to be much greater, too. To accommodate the growth, the fair has expanded into an adjacent park between the Queens Zoo and NYSCI.

Also new this year will be two homemade 3D scanner projects and the winner of the Road to Maker Faire Challenge, a homemade 3D printer called the Deep Imager 5. The fair will also exhibit some of the finalists of New York Top Maker competition, including Tangeez, an interactive game of stackable LEDs that was featured at last year’s fair.

In the midst of this activity, the Hardware Innovation Workshop is happening inside NYSCI today. The one-day conference allows makers to mingle and learn about the state of hardware innovation.  Follow the live stream broadcast here.

Of course that’s just a tiny fraction of the action as the weekend nears. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at  the preparation as we get ready for showtime Saturday:

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Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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