If you live in or around Atlanta, Georgia, or will be there on the weekend of October 4th and 5th, you should consider attending Maker Faire Atlanta. It will take place in downtown Decatur, and parking and other information on attending the event can be found here.
If you’re wondering what will be there, an enormous list of organizations and people displaying their projects can be found here. Additionally, I’ll be there on Saturday, taking photographs, and hopefully meeting as many people as possible. Or you can come on the fifth if you’d rather avoid me!
As for a tiny sampling of what will be displayed there (seriously, check out the “Maker’s” page above), “Klapthor’s Universal Robots” really caught my eye with the cool “retrofuturistic-styled” robot pottery that the artist makes. As he puts it, these robots are made as “a rusty but sturdy reminder of what it was like to be excited about limitless possibilities.”
This seems especially appropriate for an event like this, as I would be surprised if most of the adults that will attend weren’t inspired by fictional robots like this. Hopefully we will continue to reach for technology so far beyond the cutting edge that it inspires the next generation to continue pushing the edge! I’d like to think that Maker Faires like this one help with that ideal.
I’ll be looking forward to seeing these clay ‘bots and the other excellent projects displayed. If you happen to see me wandering around with a camera, be sure to say “hi!”