2015 Maker Faire Bay Area – Raffle Winners

initialstate at makerfaireHoly batman!

Last weekend was the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area. Originating as a small hobbyist event, Maker Faire has since grown into the kind of place where companies turn pro and showcase their products.

We couldn’t miss an opportunity to take part in the fun!

With 140,000+ attendees this year, Maker Faire certainly lived up to its moniker as The Greatest Show & Tell On Earth.

Launching Tiles

Once we made the decision to launch our new website and new Tiles application at the event, there was no turning back. We were ecstatic with the engagement we received!

Over the last several months, we heard from our 1500+ Beta users that they’d like to see summary and snapshot views of their data from different signals within their dataset. Basically, an awesome and snazzy dashboard that makes it really easy to see what’s going on, in real-time, from streaming data sets.

tiles application

Instead of starting with a blank page and forcing a user to create a dashboard, we create a functional dashboard automatically based on the incoming data. Instant gratification, instant wow-factor. Tiles not only serves as a dashboard but also as a report (see what happened last week, yesterday, …) and as a workspace (every tile is an interactive data visualization). Tiles is beyond awesome.

Thanks to Scott Sullivan of Adaptive Path for listing Initial State as one of his top four Maker Fair companies that he is most excited about. Virtual high five to you, sir.

Raffle Winners

At the end of each day of Maker Faire, our team raffled off some really fun maker gear:

GrovePi+ Starter Kit

From their website:

There are more than 1.6 million Raspberry Pi’s in the wild. People are using it for all sort of wonderful stuff: from web monitored coffee pots to Bitcoin mining rigs to cluster computing. The Raspberry Pi’s are powerful and pack a lot of punch for a $35 credit card sized computer. People are building projects beyond our wildest imagination.

We believe that code is powerful. We also believe that combining the power of code with the ability to easily use electronic sensors and devices could be revolutionary.

The challenge for anyone starting out with an embedded system, whether a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino or anything, is usually that the majority of the people are scared of electronics. Bringing ideas to life in an electronics project requires soldering electronics, debugging circuits and hoping that it somehow works.

We believe that the electronics should also be like code. The way you can simply import a library and use it in your code; sensors should be the same and people should spend more of there time building cool things rather than trying to get the electronics working.

With this idea in mind, we have created the GrovePi, making it an easy way to hack together circuits, sensors, linux computing, the web, and just about anything else you can think of.

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit

An exclusive kit from that includes everything you need to get up and running within minutes in the exciting world of Raspberry Pi! Comes with the new Raspberry Pi 2 – Model B and a slew of accessories.

grovepi and canakit raspberry pi 2

Congratulations to our raffle winners, who each took home both a GrovePi+ Starter Kit and a CanaKit Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit ($175 value for both items). We’re happy to spread the maker love!

Raffle Winners

  • Sophie Ray Levine
  • David Bogdonoff
  • Deepak Subramanian

We’ll reach out to you via email to coordinate.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at Maker Faire! Already looking forward to the next one.

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