In 2014, there were 131 Maker Faires around the world. In addition to Maker Faire Bay Area and Maker Faire New York, I visited perhaps a dozen other Faires, from Oslo to Tokyo. At the end of last year, I started to go through the photos I had taken and organize them into a slideshow. Then I began looking at photos from many other Maker Faires, and I had the idea of creating a yearbook (some high school extracurricular skills came back to me) that would show the scope and variety of Maker Faires around the world. I was proud to look at the many different instances of Maker Faire, and seeing how much they shared in common. Yet each one has its own unique cultural context.
The Maker Faire Yearbook organizes the Faires in chronological order — from January to December 2014. I don’t have photos from every Maker Faire in 2014. However, the Yearbook is already about 150 pages as is. I hope you enjoy seeing Maker Faire in different countries, from Norway to South Africa, and in different venues, from libraries and science centers to town plazas and historic buildings. Mostly, though, I hope you see in the faces of makers the joy and wonder of coming together to celebrate what we are capable of creating, hacking and making.
Special thanks go to Maker Faire producers for the many, many hours they put in to organize the events, and the many volunteers who pitched in to help. I also want to thank our partners, such as the New York Hall of Science, the Henry Ford Museum, Science City in Kansas City, and many others who share our mission to create and develop more makers. I want to also thank our Maker Faire team at Maker Media that cares so much about this event and spreading it around the world.
Finally, Maker Faire is all about the makers, who share their creative and technical talents and amazing projects with all of us. Together, we are reaching more people, especially the young, and inspiring each of them to become part of the Maker Movement.
Please share the Yearbook with family, friends and makers in your community.