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Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Brings "Maker Week" to San Mateo, CA, May 12-18

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 -- Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth. This annual Bay Area gathering brings together makers, innovators, hobbyists, DIY-ers, thought leaders, tinkerers, and experts at the San Mateo Event Center. "Maker Week," leading up to Maker Faire Bay Area, is packed with exciting events and opportunities throughout the Bay Area that celebrate the core values of the maker movement: ingenuity, creativity, and a DIY spirit at a location that makers of every age and skill level can see, learn, do, and explore.

"As the maker movement grows, Maker Faire is here to support the needs of makers to gather, network, and learn from each other," said Sherry Huss, co-founder of Maker Faire and vice president of Maker Media. "That's what Maker Week is all about. From the Teacher Meetup that will help teachers jumpstart their efforts of making in the classroom to MakerCon where makers can learn from other makers how to get their projects off the ground and into the production process. We're thrilled to bring these opportunities to the entire Bay Area maker community and provide them with the platform to get the information and inspiration they want to take their making to the next level."

In addition, the San Mateo City Council and Board of Supervisors for the County of San Mateo have officially proclaimed May 17 and May 18 to be "Maker Weekend" as part of the City of San Mateo's "Innovation Week."

The following activities are taking place throughout the Bay Area during Maker Week:

May 12 - 16:

  • Visionary Heroes/Innovation Week -- Dale Dougherty, CEO of Maker Media, will receive the award on behalf of Maker Faire from Tim Draper of Draper University.
    Information: This year The EDGE honors Maker Faire.
    Private Event

May 13 - 14:

  • MakerCon
    Information: MakerCon is a conference by and for the leaders of the maker movement. The maker movement is providing new insights into local and global manufacturing, design, workforce development, education and creative culture. MakerCon will provide valuable, practical insights into the impact of the maker movement on science, business, and technology.
    Tuesday, May 13: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm; Wednesday, May 14: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Location: Oracle Conference Center
    Registration: http://makercon2014.com/

May 14:

May 15:

  • TechShop Open House
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Location: Tech Shop, 926 Howard St, San Francisco
    Open Event -- Space is limited
    http://techshop.ws/
  • Smart Design Book Signing: Leo, the Maker Prince with author, maker, and thought leader Carla Diana
    Information: A family-friendly "maker" book signing, including fun activities for all ages.
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Location: Smart Design, 640 Bryant Street, San Francisco
    Invitation Only
  • Autodesk & Instructables Open House
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9 / Embarcadero, San Francisco
    Open Event - Space is limited; RSVP required
    RSVP: sarah.orourke@autodesk.com
  • Kickstarter Maker Meetup
    Information: Join Kickstarter staff and fellow creators at this Maker Meetup for drinks, snacks, and conversation to celebrate the Kickstarter maker community.
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Location: Oddjob, 1337 Mission Street, San Francisco
    Open Event - Space is limited; RSVP required
    RSVP: http://bit.ly/KickstarterMakerMeetup
  • Making Possibilities Workshop by Maker Education Initiative
    Information: The Maker Education Initiative is delighted to host the first annual Making Possibilities Workshop for educators on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Intel's Headquarters in Silicon Valley. This free, daylong workshop will bring together more than 100 carefully selected educators who want to implement making into their classrooms and youth serving organizations.
    Location: Intel's Headquarters, Silicon Valley, CA.
    Invitation Only
    http://makered.org/making-possibilities
  • How to Make a Makerspace Workshop
    Information: The popular one-day workshop presented by Artisan's Asylum and MAKE will return to the San Mateo Event Center the week of Maker Faire. Over the course of the day business models, permitting and insurance, community building, and the particular challenges of incorporating education and/or business incubation into the mission of a makerspace will be discussed. This won't be a spectators' event: attendees should be prepared to share their story, ask questions, look at numbers, and make decisions.
    For those interested in launching a makerspace; space is limited
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Location: Maker Faire - Meeting Pavilion at the San Mateo Event Center
    Registration: http://bit.ly/mfba14-makerspace-workshop
  • Teacher Meetup, including Arduino Workshop
    Information: For any educators interested in learning more about how to integrate making into their classrooms, schools, or communities.
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: San Mateo Event Center
    Open to all local teachers; sign up for Maker Faire Educator Newsletter for more information
    RSVP: mfba14-educatormeetup.eventbrite.com

May 16:

  • Maker Faire Producers' Program
    Information: A workshop for current and prospective participants in the Mini Maker Faire Licensing Program. Workshop will include opportunities to meet with Make: magazine and Maker Faire staff, mingle with fellow producers, and dive a little deeper into topics related to producing a Mini Maker Faire.
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Location: Maker Faire - Meeting Pavilion at the San Mateo Event Center
    Registration: http://bit.ly/MakerFaireProducersMeeting
  • Maker Connections: Behind-the-Scenes Virtual Field Trip
    Information: Join the team for the last two of this season's Maker Connections, a series of live video sessions connecting classrooms with inspirational Makers leading up to Maker Faire Bay Area 2014.
    10:30 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location & Registration: http://makerconnections.com
    For teachers and students
  • Pitch Your Prototype:
    Information: Seven makers selected from a field of over 20 submissions present their exciting ideas for innovative products, devices, or solutions. Make: contributing editor Matt Richardson and Make: MakerPro Newsletter editor DC Denison co-host the event. Join the fun and see if you agree with the judges when they select the winner and recipient of a $5,000 cash prize.
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Location: Maker Faire - Meeting Pavilion at the San Mateo Event Center
    Invitation Only - For registered Maker Faire Makers

May 17 - 18:

  • Maker Faire Bay Area 2014: The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth!
    Saturday, May 17: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Sunday, May 18: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Location: San Mateo Event Center
    Ticket Purchase (through May 16): http://makerfairebayarea2014.eventbrite.com

May 1 - 31:

Tickets are on sale now for Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 at http://makerfairebayarea2014.eventbrite.com at advance pricing. Advance ticket sales ($17.50 - $32.50 for a full day pass) take place between March 17 and May 16. Tickets can also be purchased on-site at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17 and 18, 2014 ($25.00 - $40.00 for a full day pass).

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Maker Faire celebrated 100 Faires in 2013 alone and has reached over 1.5 million attendees globally since it launched in San Mateo, California, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first MAKE Magazine in 2005. The eighth annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 950 makers and 120,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Rome, Oslo, Newcastle (UK), Tokyo and Shenzhen host our "featured" Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires inspire and ignite creative communities everywhere around the United States and internationally.

Located in Sebastopol, California, Maker Media has been widely credited with jumpstarting the worldwide Maker Movement, which has been a transforming force in innovation, culture, and education. In addition to publishing MAKE Magazine and producing Maker Faire, Maker Media develops "getting started" kits and books it sells through its Maker Shed store as well as other retail channels.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $17.50 - $40.00; ages 3 and under are free. www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://makerfairebayarea2014.eventbrite.com.

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Goldsmith and Silversmith sponsors include: Goldsmith: Intel, Oracle, RadioShack; Silversmith: Atmel, Autodesk, Cognizant, Ford, NASA, Roblox.

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