SEBASTOPOL, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/13 -- Maker Faire, the world's premier DIY (Do-It-Yourself) event, will be held at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA, on Saturday, May 18 from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, May 19 from 10am to 6pm.
Following the most successful and largest Faire yet in 2012 with over 110,000 attendees and 900 makers, Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 will continue to shine the spotlight on the relevance of the maker movement and the growing DIY community. Maker Faire will bring makers together with attendees excited about creating, building, playing, and learning to share and show their incredible inventions, hobbies, products, and DIY mentality.
"We love being in the Bay Area. With the inherent entrepreneurial mindset here, it's a magnet for makers and a wonderful audience ready to soak up the creativity that Maker Faire brings," said Sherry Huss, vice president of Maker Media. "We are excited to kick off the Maker Faire season at the San Mateo Event Center and expect another fantastic event."
On February 7, 2013, Maker Faire was honored with the San Mateo Mayor's Award by Mayor David Lim. Mayor Lim recognized the Faire's significant positive impact on the Bay Area community, and beyond, and also shared a personal story about the importance of Maker Faire to his 7-year-old daughter, a regular attendee. Maker Faire also received special acknowledgement from Congresswoman Jackie Speier, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and both houses of the state legislature.
Tickets are currently on sale to the public at a special Early Bird price through March 15. Tickets can be purchased via the Maker Faire website, http://makerfaire.com. Early bird pricing ($10 - $25) ends at midnight Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, March 15; advanced ticket sales ($15 - $30) take place between March 16 and May 17. Tickets will be available on-site ($20 - $35).
The Call for Makers is now open until the end of this week, March 15. Maker Faire is looking for amazing work of all kinds and from makers of all ages -- anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together!) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Makers may submit their entry as a maker, performer, speaker, or sponsor. Visit the Maker Faire website, http://makerfaire.com, click on How to Participate.
The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 165,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2012, with 44% of attendees being first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family event, the vast majority attend with children. In 2013, over 60 community-driven Mini Maker Faires are expected around the world, including Tokyo and Rome. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit http://www.makerfaire.com.
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $10-$35; ages 3 and under are free. www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://makerfaire2013.eventbrite.com/
#MakerFaire 2013 Where People Show what they are Making and Share what they are Learning May 18-19 in San Mateo, CA. www.makerfaire.com
Maker Faire Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 sponsors include: Goldsmith: Autodesk, Intel, Radioshack; Silversmith: Atmel; Coppersmith: 3D Robotics, ASUS Computer Int., ATOMS-Express, Delta Faucet, ShopBot Tools.
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.
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