Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Mayor Bloomberg’s “Maker Week” Proclamation

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Mayor Bloomberg’s “Maker Week” Proclamation


Office of the Mayor
City of New York

Whereas: I was a ham radio operator when I was a kid. After I studied engineering, got fired from the only job I ever had, and acted on a crazy idea to start my own company, I found myself soldering capacitors in a garage and still working on our prototype model in the back seat of a cab on the way to our first demonstration. Planning, building, tinkering, ripping up the plans, starting from scratch and rebuilding—such a process can be frustrating, of course, but it can also be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.

Whereas: New York City has long been known for its creativity, ingenuity, and can-do spirit, which is why we are happy to celebrate “Maker Week.” Participants have the chance to attend an Open Hardware Summit and a US Hackerspace Tour Event. On Saturday and Sunday, at the World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, guests can check out the creations of the makers who have traveled from far and wide to present their rockets, robots, and electronics, just to name a few. And it is not only tech geeks who are here—there are plenty of food and music geeks on hand as well, presenting artisanal foods and the live entertainment that make the Faire fun for families and people of all ages.

Whereas: Learning and trying new things are key to everyone’s personal development. They are also important in the life of a city. New York is thrilled that leading universities have agreed to build new applied sciences campuses on Roosevelt Island and in downtown Brooklyn, as these institutions will help us remain a global capital of science and technology. The successes our city has enjoyed had to start somewhere, and many of us have dreamed big dreams in garages, laboratories, or in the classroom of an inspiring teacher. “Maker Week” is a terrific opportunity to celebrate all these dreams, and to look forward to more of them coming true with the help of a little talent and a lot of perseverance and hard work.

Now therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of the city of New York, in recognition of this wonderful event, and in appreciation of all the makers and doers who have made it here, do hereby proclaim September 24th–30th, 2012 in the city of New York as:

“Maker Week”

Mayor R. Bloomberg

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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