Mayor Bloomberg Touts Impact of Maker Faire and Makers on NYC

Mayor Bloomberg Touts Impact of Maker Faire and Makers on NYC
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At the conclusion of yesterday’s Hardware Innovation Workshop, the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg once again declared the entire week “Maker Week.”

In addition to naming the winner of New York’s Next Top Maker competition, a representative of the mayor’s office presented Dale Dougherty, Maker Media CEO; and Sherry Huss, Maker Media vice president, with a proclamation in recognition of Maker Faire and its impact on New York City’s maker movement. The Mayor presented a similar proclamation last year.

“As the old sold goes, if you can make it here,” Bloomberg wrote in the proclamation, “you can make it anywhere and I join you in applauding the all the makers who continue to tinker, take risks, try new things and introduce their ideas first to New York City and then the world.”

Maker Week stands for all of what Maker Faire values: ingenuity, creativity, and a DIY spirit in a space that makers of every age and skill level can see, learn, do, and explore.

In addition to World Maker Faire New York this weekend, the following activities are taking place throughout New York City to bring makers together during Maker Week:

  • Today, Sept. 19: 12th NY Hardware Start-Up Meet-up, New York, NY
    A follow-up to the Hardware Innovation Workshop, the NY Hardware Start-Up Meetup will feature hardware superstars such as Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, Jeff McAlvay, James “Laen” Neal, and David Lang.
  • Friday, Sept. 20: Atmel Analyst Panel: The Maker Community and Education, Atmel will host a public media/industry analyst panel on the maker community and education. Members of the panel include Atmel’s Reza Kazerounian, CEO of Arduino Massimo Banzi, Atmel maker and Hexbug guru Bob Martin, Atmel Community Manager and University Liaison Sylvie Barak, university engineer professor Annmarie Thomas, 12-year old CEO and maker Quinn (QTechKnow), and MAKE Books Senior Editor Brian Jepson. The panel will be moderated by Windell H. Oskay of Evil Mad Scientists.
  • Friday, Sept. 20: Make a Makerspace Workshop, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
    Artisan’s Asylum and MAKE will deliver an intensive one-day workshop with the goal of helping makers through the process of setting up, characterizing, and planning out the stages of developing their own makerspace.
  • Saturday, Sept. 21: Bike Ride to Maker Faire, Long Island City, Queens, NY
    Fellow maker cyclists will ride to World Maker Faire from Long Island City, Queens, at 10:15 am, from the Dutch Kills Green at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge. Riders get free parking at the bike valet, plus a collector’s patch and entry into a raffle for prizes.
  • Saturday, Sept. 14: littleBits Global Makeathon, New York, NY
    The littleBits Global Makeathon is the world’s largest physical and virtual littleBits workshop. littleBits is bringing together makers from around the world for one day to bring their own cities to life. Join littleBits, with your Bits, your crafts, and your tools and Make Something that Does Something!

10 thoughts on “Mayor Bloomberg Touts Impact of Maker Faire and Makers on NYC

  1. Briefcase Mitch says:

    I dislike Bloomberg a great deal.

    1. Edward says:

      How about Maker Comedy/Humor?

      Shoppingbag Mitch,

      Sorry, Bloomberg’s not Stalin.

  2. Henry says:

    Honestly, a mayor who doesn’t want you drinking large sodas probably doesn’t want you playing with hot soldering irons or band saws…

    1. Stett Holbrook says:

      From what I know about the mayor’s experience as an electrical engineering student at Johns Hopkins, I’d say the opposite is true.

      1. Henry says:

        Bloomberg is well known for failing to adhere to his strict rules, this is because he believes he’s better than the people over whom he attempts to lord.

        Therefore implying that if the mayor does X he must let everyone else do it is wrong.

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Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

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