Maker Awareness Billboard Campaign

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may have been surprised to have spied some your favorite maker orgs in a not so familiar place this weekend — billboards. That’s right, billboards. Conceived by Mitch Altman of Noisebridge as a way to draw awareness to the vibrant Bay Area maker community, and the awesome resources available to its makers, inventors, and educators, the “Invent” campaign hit the skylines of San Francisco and San Jose this week. The campaign is a collaborative between five Bay Area companies: MAKE, Noisebirdge, TechShop, Hacker DOJO, and The Tech Museum, along with the generous assistance of CBS Outdoor.

Want to check one out? San Francisco locations so far:

Geary Blvd & Spruce
So. Van Ness & 15th
10th St. & Howard

San Jose locations:

Tully & Story
Coleman Ave before you enter downtown SJ

Want to help us grow the campaign? Contributions are warmly accepted. In fact, TechShop has agreed to match every dollar of the first $25,000 raised. If you’d like to learn more, and to contribute, please visit Invent Bay Area/

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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 man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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