In San Mateo California some of the best tech talent in the Bay Area showed out for what shaped up to be one of the most innovative and large scale maker faire of its kind in the area. The price of admission for the event was on par with some pretty high forms of entertainment, even by Bay Area standards, but if you are interested in the scene and you have networking potential this is the Mecca of the makers world. Unlike similar faires of this kind that specialize in more specific applications such as more artistic or engineering or computer based displays, but this was different in that it had a little bit of everything. From large fire breathing metal dragons, to drone racing video games there were many different ways people displayed there talent, but what was common to all was that they were passion projects that were extremely fun.
The Maker Movement is kind of a culture of industrious DIY people who can set up shop anywhere from their homes to garages or the increasing popular maker spaces. This event has drawn many all the way back since 2006, but only now the maker faire getting the huge turnouts we see today.
“We’ve created a new fanged county fair, but instead of pigs and pies people are bringing rockets and robots.” said Sherry Huss a founding member and that is kind of the point of the whole experience. In so far as it gives people the opportunity to display their muse and inspire as well as be inspired for the fruits of their labor. More over, a central core ideal to the makers movement is the notion that you make things both open and you be open yourself. It is kind of an unprecedented American scene in so far as people industrious and ingenious en devours are being in large part give up for the eyes of the world to see and progress for no other reason than a superior product, and the free flow exchange of ideas.
“Seeing countless faces turn from curiosity into fascination was heartwarming experience for us. Indeed makers young and old novice and experienced broadened their horizons.” Said one of the organizers. That is the theme that was inspiring about the event is that each year since its beginning the event has grown and it is attracting younger and younger visitors. What this is doing in terms of design is going to be an increasingly leap forward in a few years time when the totality of interest will coincide with the sheer number of contributors to the movements and design avenues.
What this points to a theme that this is not a fleeting fad, rather it is a fundamentally different way the talent of engineering world are coming together and offering up their services and talent for the betterment of their respective fields. We are now seeing that these devours are beginning to pour large sums of money into these events as a kind of early elegance forming which is brilliant from a market perspective.