SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - June 13, 2016) - Maker Faire Bay Area 2016, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, brought together the largest gathering of makers, and making enthusiasts, in the U.S. during May 20-22, at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA. With 150,000 people converging over three days for a grand celebration of the Maker Movement, Maker Faire Bay Area has proven it's the place to be to learn about all things making. The excitement from the weekend is still palpable as attendees, makers, media, and Maker Movement supporters continue to feel the impact of such a dynamic event.
"Maker Faire is making the Maker Movement accessible to everyone," said Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire. "Regardless of whether someone is just starting out, has expertise with a particular skill or area, or just wants to observe and appreciate what others are doing, Maker Faire is the place to come and be included, get support and feedback, and enjoy the spirit of the movement. It's a special gathering and we're so pleased to create the setting for this magic to happen."
Highlights from Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 include:
- Announcements about products and new developments from Makers at the Faire included the release of the new Make: Getting Started with Science Journal Kit with Google sold by Maker Media retail partner Barnes & Noble; Printrbot, released its latest 3D printer -- the Simple; and GE, along with Make: and Hackster.io, launched the Lights for Life Challenge.
- 150,000 attendees visited the event
- U.S. attendees came from 49 states; others represented 58 countries from around the world
- 37% of attendees were first-time visitors to the Faire
- Maker Faire hosted its second FRIDAY@Makerfaire for Schools program with over 4,000 students in attendance:
- Kindergarten through college students with a large portion coming from elementary and middle schools
- Bay Area schools as well as schools from other parts of California and outside the state
- Schools included public, independent, charter, and homeschool groups as well as afterschool and camp programs, with students from all different backgrounds
- Scholarships were provided to several Bay Area schools with student populations requiring support to attend Maker Faire
- LinkedIn, Roboterra, and ThingLogix sponsored support for some schools to attend Maker Faire
- 1,300 Maker projects were represented including performances and attractions
- 500 Maker entries included hands-on activities for attendees
- 20% of Makers were first-time exhibitors
- International Makers were represented in 55 exhibits around the Faire
- Over 200 presentations across 8 stages were held with leaders of the Maker Movement
- Maker Faire continues its sustainability program as it remains a core value across the Faire from set-up through to tear-down and involving Makers, Faire organizers, and attendees. Data points from the sustainability program include:
- Total waste diversion rate of 80%
- 5.98 tons total waste was diverted to recycling
- 5.67 tons of waste collected for compost
- 1,250 lbs. of materials were donated for reuse
- 1.6 tons of cooking oil was collected to be turned into biofuel
- 50 volunteers supported the program over the weekend
Maker Faire Bay Area will be back in 2017 during Friday through Sunday, May 19-21, in San Mateo, CA, at the San Mateo Event Center.
About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and 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 will celebrate 190 Faires in 2016 in 35 countries around the world. The 11th annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 1,300 Makers and 150,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the East Coast flagship event, has grown in five years to 930+ Makers and 95,000 attendees.
Located in San Francisco, 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.
National Maker Faire will take place at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC, on Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19, 2016. World Maker Faire New York 2016 is slated for Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. Save the dates for Maker Faire Bay Area 2017 at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA, on Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2017. Find a Maker Faire near you at http://makerfaire.com/map. More information about Maker Faire can be found at http://www.makerfaire.com.
Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Intel, Barnes & Noble; Goldsmith: Arduino, Arrow Electronics, Department of Energy, Google, Microsoft; Silversmith: Atmel, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Cypress Semiconductor, Jack Link's, Makeblock, Qualcomm.