Maker Authors, Maker Faire

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Maker Authors, Maker Faire


Maker Faire New York takes over the World’s Fair Grounds  for the fifth time this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 20-21, and this year it features something crazy, wild, and new: Authors.

With a Make: DIY tent dedicated to highlighting our writers — from Make: Book authors to makezine staffers and editors, both current and former — Maker Faire this year raises a dedicated piece of canvas (the tent itself) to the illuminating power of the written word.

If you’re planning to attend Maker Faire New York, this appearance list of authors should go into your calendar; if you’re not able to attend, consider the cool 50% discount on offer right now for all ebook editions.

Schedule, Saturday, Sept. 21- Sunday, Sept. 22

Saturday, 11am. Mike Barela, Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket.

Now out as an Early Release ebook, in which you get the immediate content even before the book is completed and then an updated version upon completion, GSW Trinket introduces the smallest, least expensive Arduino available to date. Mike Barela is on Adafruit’s documentation team and is thoroughly versed in the uses of this microcontroller meant to be the best choice when you don’t want to use a full Arduino for just one project.

Saturday, 11:30am; Sunday, 3pm. Alan Rothschild, Inventing a Better Mousetrap. Working models were required by the patent office until the 1880s. Alan, who co-owns the Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum, reimagines these historic, and often fascinating, arcana in a thoroughly modern manner, using 3D printing and even LEGOs to represent the cyclic energy of our industrial revolutions.

Saturday, 12pm; Sunday, 3:30pm. Gareth Branwyn, Borg Like Me. Recent Make: magazine executive editor, Gareth here collects 30-plus years of great essays on popular and fringe cultures, weaving reflections on art, technology, sexuality, and DIY into a vibrant, moving mosaic.

Saturday: Project, 12:30pm; talk, 3pm. Sunday: Project, 11am; talk, 1:15pm. Kate Hartman, Make: Wearable Electronics. Your clothes already say a lot about you, but what if they could actually speak? Or sing? Or change colors? Wearable electronics are increasingly sensical for our IoT world and increasingly easy to hack and make for yourself. As well as discussing her book, Kate will be creating clothes onsite and might just host that fashion show we’ve been bugging her to put on.

Saturday, 1:15pm. AnnMarie Thomas, Making Makers. How do makers get made? AnnMarie delves into the lives of prominent makers to learn what elements of their childhoods might have encouraged them to the creative lives they live as adults. (There are some adults who perhaps cried just a little when reading these illuminating reminiscences.)

Saturday, 1:45pm; Sunday, 4:30pm. Kathy Ceceri, Making Simple Robots. Written for parents and educators who are interested in the Maker movement but perhaps unsure of how to get involved, Making Simple Robots takes the reader step-by-step through such current innovations in STEM as 3D printing, Arduino-powered microcontrollers and other simple electronics and, of course, extremely simple robots. If you can sew and use a hot glue gun, Kathy counsels, you’re ready to move more deeply into the world of making.

Saturday, 2:30pm; Sunday, 12:45pm. Brian David Johnson, 21st Century Robot: The Dr. Simon Egerton Stories Intel’s futurist-in-residence, Brian’s job is to imagine the world 15 years into the future. That world involves artificial intelligence and these stories examine that intersection with a particular emphasis on personal robots—ambulatory, 3D-printed objects controlled by apps just like your smart phone, but which can do such tasks as deliver medicine to your parents or rock your baby’s cradle.

Saturday, 4pm; Sunday, 11:45am. David Lang, Zero to Maker. When David Lang lost his job, he realized that he didn’t know how to do a single thing with his hands. Inspired by a visit to Maker Faire Bay Area, David decided to challenge himself to become a maker of things and see how his life changed. Today, he is the co-founder of an open source underwater robotics company and a staunch advocate of and participant in citizen science. To merely note that his life did change would be to commit a gross understatement.

Saturday, 5pm; Sunday, 2:30pm. Carla Diana, LEO the Maker Prince. Perhaps the first book about 3D printing written just for kids, LEO the Maker Prince follows the wonderfully illustrated adventures of a walking, talking 3D printer who befriends an accountant named Carla. Through her adventures with LEO, she learns how to create a richer artistic life for herself. A wonderful conceit of the book is that designs for all of the book’s characters can be found on Thingiverse and freely downloaded and 3D-printed by readers, who are welcome to mod the designs as they see fit.

Saturday, 5:30pm. Sandy Antunes, DIY Comm and Control for Amateur Space.  Learn to use shared radio space to uplink commands and download data as the far reaches of the universe increasingly come closer to all of us.

Sunday, 12:15pm. Adam Kemp, Makerspace Workbench. A tech magnet high school teacher who helped his students send a satellite into outer space with NASA last year, Adam discusses how the Maker movement can — and should be — an integral part of the educational experience.

Sunday, 2pm. Michael Margolis, Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot. Author of this perennial best-seller, Michael makes the sometimes confusing world of microcontrollers and robotics strangely seamless. He’ll set up and explain how he created some of our hottest kits to aid entry to the increasingly accessible world of robots.

Make: Books help you discover your place in the Maker Movement by explicating the tools you need to get there. Come meet the writers who lay it all out!

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