Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth

Maker Faire 2014 NYC“The Maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age.”

— The New York Times

If I were to tell you that there’s a forward-looking gathering for DIY technology enthusiasts, hobbyists, tinkerers, engineers, science clubs, students, artists, and commercial exhibitors, is that something you might be interested in?

Huzzah! You’re in luck!

Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth. The event launched in 2006 in the Bay Area and has since grown into a worldwide movement. In 2013, a record 195,000 people attended the two flagship events in the Bay Area and in New York City, and 95 independently-produced “Mini” and “Featured Maker” Faires took place in cities like Santiago, Rome, Oslo and Tokyo.

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At the Maker Faire, folks explore new forms and technologies, showcasing what they’ve built and sharing what they’ve learned as makers. The innovation spans science, engineering, art, performance, and craft.

While the DIY movement  has historically taken place in garages, workshops, or on kitchen tables, Maker Faire is helping innovators to come together and celebrate their enthusiasm for the maker movement. Check out the below video to get a sense of what the event is like.

The organizers of Maker Faire, Maker Media, publish MAKE magazine and offer DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through it’s online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

On September 20th and 21st in New York, Maker Media celebrates it’s 5th Annual World Maker Faire.

Learn more about the event here.

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