The Maker Faire is an excellent educational opportunity, & fun too. At the student rate of $15 for 10 hours on Saturday [10A-8p] it's a much better value hour/$ than UC Berkeley tuition.
I went last year & learned a lot, & met many interesting people. I'm going again tomorrow.
Email me if you'd like to carpool from Berkeley tomorrow, Saturday. Leaving about 9AM. :)
Read these two pages:
Day Tickets On-site
Adult (21 and over) $25.00
Student (13 to 20) $15.00
Weekend Tickets On-site
Adult (21 and over) $50.00
Student (13 to 20) $30.00
Discounted Maker Faire One Day Tickets will be available at various locations through out Bay Area cities starting in April. Save $5 per ticket, avoid lines onsite and support your local community by visiting Maker Faire partner locations up through the event for your Maker Faire tickets!
Whole Foods: Berkeley
Group Discount: Groups of 10 or larger must register and purchase tickets online at the Maker Faire website makerfairetickets.com
. Their tickets must be purchased at the same time to take advantage of this offer and use the following code - MFGROUP. This 35% discount cannot be combined with any other offer.
Giovanni note: I don't know if there's enough time to arrange this, but email me if you are interested & if I get 10 emails I'll reply to everyone.
Is do-it-yourself culture going mainstream?
Just ask the tens of thousands of people who are expected to cram into the San Mateo County fairgrounds this weekend for the fifth annual Maker Faire Bay Area. They’ll munch on corndogs and funnel cakes, swill $8 plastic cups of beer, and watch as artists, hobbyists and tinkerers show off their creations of steel, electronics, fabric and fire.
makerfaireMaker Faire — sort of a combination science fair / county fair, with a hefty dose of Burning Man thrown in — has been happening once a year in this suburb on the outskirts of Silicon Valley since 2006. The first Faire drew about 20,000 attendees and 200 exhibits, and both of those figures doubled the following year. Now, with 70,000 attendees expected and exactly 600 exhibits, the Maker Faire is starting to feel a little, well, crowded.
===== SOME THINGS THAT CAUGHT MY EYE:
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM The Gomer Hendrix Experience
the Gomer Hendrix Band
2:00 PM - 2:20 PM Arts as the Engine in STEM Education
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Butter Making--You Gotta Shake It to Make It
Babette, Jared & Isabella Pareira
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Molecular Gastronomy
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Open Source Hardware
2:30 PM - 2:50 PM Holishift: Moving From Tinkering to World Changing
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Build a Robot, Be a Rock Star: RoboGames
2:30 PM - 2:55 PM 3D Printing with MakerBot
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM Making Cigar Box Guitars
4:00 PM - 4:25 PM Rogue Engineering Skills: Lockpicking 101
The Open Organization Of Lockpickers (TOOOL)
5:00 PM - 5:20 PM Autonomous Quad-Copter Drones!
Chris Anderson, Jordi Munoz
5:30 PM - 5:55 PM Easy Programming of Arduinos using Modkit
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Man vs Lightning - on Tesla stage
Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP), UC Santa Cruz SCIPP
Natural History of Danger - Tinker Your Way Out of This 2.0
Center Stage Saturday 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SUNDAY SETI@home and Citizen Science
Dan Werthimer (Well, you can see DanW at Berkeley occasionally:)
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Corpus Callosum - on Solar Stage
Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage will be speaking at 2 p.m. on Saturday. He’s a dynamic presenter, and a folk hero to the DIY crowd, so this should be a fun event.
Remember that Diet Coke and Mentos fountain video from a couple of years ago? The guys that created the video, Eepybird, will be recreating their show at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, and at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Ford is using Maker Faire to announce their latest automotive technology platform and talk about how your gadgets can interface with it. Ford R&D engineering executive K. Venkatesh Prasad will be talking about “Automakers 2.0″ at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Pop band OK Go will give a performance on Sunday evening. The group’s amazing Rube Goldberg video debuted earlier this year, and their show will probably involve some gadgety, DIY surprises from exhibitors at the show.
An example of the kind of people who present at MakerFaire:
Maker Faire Bay Area 2010
SuperSession: Hacking The Future Topic(s): Engineering
* SuperSession: Hacking the Future
Center Stage Saturday 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
What would you do if you could see the future? Not just one or two years out but 5, 10 or even 20 years out. Hacking the future requires the ability to dream, to visualize and to create, using a full range of creative tools, models and concepts. Come see Phil McKinney, CTO of HP’s Personal Systems Group and contributing columnist at Forbes, reveal concepts and prototypes never before shown outside the walls of HP. This family friendly session is a futurist’s view of what the world will look like. Be inspired to create and do amazing!
Web site: none
About the Maker(s)
Phil McKinney is vice president and chief technology officer for HP’s Personal Systems Group (PSG). In this role, he is responsible for long-range strategic planning and research and development (R&D) for all of the company’s PC product lines, including mobile devices, notebooks, desktops and workstations. In addition, McKinney drives wireless and mobility strategic direction across all HP product lines as well as HP’s involvement in industry-standards bodies, ergonomics and accessibility. Previously, McKinney served as vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for HP’s Communication, Media and Entertainment business, responsible for executive CTO relationships with customers, long-range strategy, and R&D for HP’s largest industry-vertical business segment. Before joining HP, McKinney was senior vice president and founding chief information officer for Teligent, a global provider of fixed-wireless services. At Teligent, he led strategy development, IT infrastructure and global operations, managing a team of more than 1,000. Prior to joining Teligent, McKinney held senior executive positions at Computer Sciences Corporation, where he directed communications industry consulting engagements worldwide and oversaw the division that provided mission-critical system outsourcing for more than 165 wireless and broadband service providers worldwide. McKinney serves on the board of directors for Signafor Inc. and the innovation board for Roche Diagnostics. He also serves as president of the Institute for Innovation and Information Productivity (IIIP) and on the executive board of the Santa Clara County Council for the Boy Scouts of America. McKinney’s blog and podcast on creativity and innovation, www.killerinnovations.com
, has been ranked by “CIO Insights” among the top must-listen podcasts.