Maker Faires’ Greatest Hits, 2014 Edition

Maker Faires’ Greatest Hits, 2014 Edition


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.

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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.

You can view the Maker Faire 2014 Yearbook as a (silent) movie. Or you can download it as a PDF, below (110 MB):
Maker Faire 2014 Silent Video Yearbook
Maker Faire 2014 PDF Yearbook

Please share the Yearbook with family, friends and makers in your community.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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