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Featured at the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area.

Whenever a flagship Maker Faire ends there’s always a lulling period where the crew and staff decompress before slowly getting back online and catching up with the real world — even with everything one might have missed at Maker Faire. There’s the Maker Faire news stream here on the Make: blog, which I recommend reading to get a curated editorial view of the event. And of course there are the photo albums and galleries that get uploaded in the days and weeks following the event, to Facebook, Flickr, and other social outlets. I especially like to scroll through these to see what I missed from the unique vantage of fellow Makers.

In the case of Chuck Swiger, his vantage was especially unique as he was the lone winner of the PSoC Pioneer Challenge, a contest presented by Cypress Semiconductor and Arrow Electronics that awarded Chuck with $2,500 to travel with his PSoC 4 BLE project to San Mateo. His project, an eBicycle Battery Watchdog, was not transportable in its original form, and instead was rebuilt on site with a bike loaned by Talbots Cyclery in San Mateo (thanks Gary!).

Chuck's winning PSoC eBike build.

Swiger’s winning PSoC eBike build.

The project rebuilt on site at Maker Faire Bay Area.

The project rebuilt on site at Maker Faire Bay Area.

From West Virginia to the Bay Area and back, Swiger not only had a great time but extolled he’s “already dreaming of another Maker Faire.” We know the feeling!

It’s a whirlwind of a weekend event, so here is but a snapshot of Swiger’s experience of what was a very special 10th anniversary Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth:

From Chuck's first hopper flight to the descent into SFO.

From Swiger’s first hopper flight to the descent into SFO – that wheel is visible because Swiger was flying in a Bombardier Dash 8.

Chuck's arrival at the event center was accompanied with a sighting of the Internet Archive box truck.

Swiger’s arrival at the event center was accompanied by a sighting of the Internet Archive box truck.

Chuck's wife Wendy preparing the 'watchdog' illustration sign.

Swiger’s wife Wendy preparing the ‘watchdog’ illustration sign.

The completed 'watchdog' sign; click for a full-size version.

The completed ‘watchdog’ sign; click for a full-size version.

The famed Friday evening Paella Dinner for Makers.

The famed Friday evening Paella Dinner for Makers at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015.

And of course it’s always interesting to see the projects Makers are interested in. Here’s a sample of images taken by Swiger, which unsurprisingly includes a bunch of pedal-powered machines and contraptions (and robots!):

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Thanks for sharing your photos Chuck. We hope to see you at the next Maker Faire near you!

See more about building projects with the PSoC 4 BLE with Gagan Luthra from Cypress.

All of Swiger’s Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 photos are viewable on his website.