23 Editors’ Choice Winners from the World Maker Faire in New York

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At every Maker Faire, it is the joy of the Make: staff to hand out ribbons for our favorite things. These are the projects that really stand out, they always have a crowd around them. It is an honor to win a blue ribbon and any Maker that does should display it proudly. We have blue ribbons for “Editor’s Pick” and red ribbons for “Excellence in Education.”

There’s no specific criteria to earn a ribbon. Editors just watch and see who is popular with the crowd, and who is showing off impressive things. It’s a gut feeling, though sometimes the decision is made easy by the gasps of awe and wonder of those walking by.

From all of the staff, there are many ribbons awarded. Some booths get multiple ribbons, having earned them from multiple members of the Make: family.

Here is a collection, just a few of the lucky recipients, to show off the variety and diversity in who gets chosen.

3d kitbash
3DKitbash: World’s Best 3D-Printable Toys and Test Kits!

These 3D printed toys are always a hit. Not only are they well designed for 3D printing, they’re full of personality and life.

Kamigami a phone controlled robot kit available on Kickstarter in October.

Skittering too and fro, these little monsters are a fantastic mix of papercraft and radio controlled toy.

PinBox a cardboard pinball machine.

Simple and complex at the same time, making a cardboard pinball looks almost as fun as playing one!

Bio Bus driving science education

Education on the go, the bio bus is a roving lab providing the perfect atmosphere for learning.

Cult Classics Racing team and the car Gigatron

Who needs humans in race cars? Not this team. Their autonomous racer was a huge hit in the power racing series.

Darien High School Fuel Cell Program
Darien High School Fuel Cell Program

A driveable example of a fuel cell vehicle, built by high schoolers.

Aaron Kuffner’s Gamelatron

A resounding success, the Gamelatron was widely sought out as a “secret” chill out spot.

Grace Andrews_NYSCI Cardboard
Grace Andrews from NYSCI at their cardboard creations booth.

Building with cardboard may very well be one of the most important lessons any maker can learn. The New York Hall Of Science provided the tools, the makers provided the results.

High School Electric Car
High School Electric Car

When you give a group of highschoolers a VW, they give you back an electric car.


Drums and horns were pumping around the Faire thanks to Honk NYC, a street band group out of New York.

Jingwen Zhu_Dressing Everything
Jingwen Zhu’s project Dressing Everything

Display the status of anything from lights embedded in your clothing.

Kaleidoscope Enrichment
Kaleidoscope Enrichment

Fantastic science lessons full of energy and fun.

Makeree is a cell phone app that allows you to learn to be a Maker through their kits.

Snap a picture of a circuit on your desk and simulate and troubleshoot on your phone.

Mech Horse
Mechanical Horse, a kinetic art masterpiece

This life sized mechanical wonder simulates the galloping motion of a horse.

Kurt Coble’s P.A.M. Band (Partially Artificial Musicians)

A cacophony of sound and wires, this musical contraption was belting out music non-stop.

KitRex cardboard dancing Dinosaurs

Googly-eyed cardboard dinosaurs are always welcome at Maker Faire!

Gijs van Bon’s Skryf machine writes poems with sand

Quiet and easily overlooked on its own, this bot leaves a message made of sand behind as it goes. The message was poetic and beautiful, even as the sand was scattered in the wind.


Measuring brainwaves and having fun.

Power Tool Drag Racing

Tools aren’t only for work, strap them on some wheels and have some fun!

Sally Byers_Thredwithch Light _ Fabric
Sally Byers’ Threadwitch Light and Fabric

Light and fabric play on these wonderful hand made creations.

Scrap Kins

The things around us are made of parts. As those parts get old, making them into art might just be better than putting them in the landfill.

Steam Wagon
Steam Wagon

Learn about Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math in the STEAM wagon.

Steven Hanania with The Wizard of Fun Puppet

Mechanical junk surrounds us. Rip apart that old VCR and find all the parts you need for an animatronic puppet.

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