Maker Movement Trailblazers and Emerging Leaders Headline 10th Anniversary Maker Faire Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 07, 2015) - Maker Faire Bay Area 2015, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, today announced the speaker and presentation roster for its 10th anniversary event, slated for Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA. The line-up for this special edition of Maker Faire, which commemorates a decade of Making, embraces the forerunners of the Maker Movement. This year's Faire also highlights emerging leaders who are helping to drive the movement to the next level, a group that includes a 33 percent increase in the number of leading female Makers across a variety of fields. Highlights include:

  • Chris Anderson, author, entrepreneur, and CEO of 3D Robotics, will examine the what's next in the Maker Movement.
     
  • Danielle Applestone, CEO of San Francisco's Other Machine Company, will discuss the Othermill project and the 400-person crew coming together to make it.
     
  • Dale Dougherty, co-founder of Maker Faire and executive chairman of Maker Media, will reflect back on ten years of Maker Faire.
     
  • Brit Morin, CEO of Brit & Co., will talk about the future of the homeMAKER.
     
  • Carol Reiley, robotics researcher, inventor, and CEO of Squishybotz, will share her insights on the future of robotics.
     
  • Eben Upton, CEO and founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, will take a look back at the first four years of Raspberry Pi and discuss where things are headed for the organization.
     
  • Niki Werkheiser, NASA's '3D Printing in Zero-G' Project Manager, will share about 3D printing in space, how it affects space exploration, and why it's so important to the future of sustainable human exploration of the universe.

The entire program of speakers and presentations can be found at: http://makerfaire.com/bay-area-2015/schedule/, including the schedule for all sessions.

"The tenth anniversary event is such a special time for the Maker Movement and for Maker Faire, and the voices featured in our program this year reflect that significance," said Dale Dougherty, executive chairman of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire. "From exciting, new leaders such as Danielle Applestone, David Lang, and Eric Stackpole to our partners from the early days, including Chris Anderson, Lenore Edman, EepyBird, Massimo Banzi, and others, the program illustrates the path of the Maker Movement and where it's headed. We're just thrilled to have these visionaries, innovators, and change-makers with us at the tenth anniversary of Maker Faire Bay Area and to share them with our attendees."

As with all of Maker Faire Bay Area, the presentations will be organized in ways that enable attendees to get the most from the program offerings and continue learning about how to integrate making into their lives no matter their skill level, age, or ability. There will be 200-plus presentations across 12 stages throughout the venue showcasing areas of interest such as electronics, science, DIY, education and making with kids, wearables and tech fashion, food making and homesteading, and technology and culture. There will be many opportunities to gain inspiration from leaders of the Maker Movement as well as get hands-on and learn to make a variety of projects.

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass Brings "Making with Kids" to Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 Program

Returning Goldsmith Sponsor and Maker Movement leader, Autodesk will be a key partner in the Faire's tenth anniversary celebration. Autodesk CEO Carl Bass loves to make stuff, especially with his kids. He'll share new Maker tools, techniques, and projects for kids, teachers, and parents in his presentation on "Making with Kids."

Autodesk's participation in Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 will also include the opportunity for Faire-goers to get hands-on with a variety of Autodesk tools, such as Tinkerplay, Tinkercad, and Instructables, designed for kids of all ages who want to play, create, and tinker. Autodesk will have a variety of interactive projects in which to engage Maker Faire attendees including a 13-foot-tall fighting robot, aptly named MegaBot, that will shoot cannonball-size paintballs at a car, as well as the winner of the Autodesk/MegaBot design challenge contest. MegaBot represents the future of sports entertainment with giant fighting robots. Makers of types, skill levels, and ages will be able to learn the basics of robotics from Autodesk and MegaBot by learning basic CAD modeling as well as circuitry programing with 123D.

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 131 Faires in 2014 alone and has reached over 2.3 million attendees globally since it launched in San Mateo, CA, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first  Make: magazine in 2005. The ninth annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 1,100 makers and 130,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 830-plus Makers and 85,000 attendees. Atlanta, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Silver Springs, San Diego, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Newscastle (UK), Berlin, Hannover, Trondheim, Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo, Singapore, and Shenzhen host our "featured" larger-scale Maker Faires, and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires inspire and ignite creative communities everywhere around the United States and internationally. 

Located in San Francisco, CA,  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. Maker Media is based in San Francisco, and has offices in Sebastopol, CA and at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, with special access on Friday, May 15, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA. Friday, 1 pm to 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $17.50 - $40.00; ages 3 and under are free. http://www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://mfba2015.eventbrite.com.

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 Sponsors
Presenting: Intel; Goldsmith: Autodesk, DFRobot, Google, Italian Trade Agency, Sprout by HP; Silversmith: Air France, Atmel, Cognizant, Dremel, Microsoft, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, ROBLOX, SketchUp, TechShop.

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