October 6, 2008

Maker Faire Returns to Austin! DIY Makers, Progressive Techies, Old-Fashioned and Indie Crafters, Mad Scientists, Quirky Musicians, and Many More Gather to Celebrate the Maker Movement

"At first blush...this festival, sponsored by Make magazine, is a gathering place of pyromaniacs and noise junkies, the multiply pierced and the extensively tattooed. But wander a while, and the showy surface gives way to a wondrous thing: the gathering of folks from all walks of life who blend science, technology, craft and art to make things goofy and grand."
— New York Times
Sebastopol, CA—The world's premiere DIY (Do-It-Yourself) event will be back in Austin on October 18th and 19th for round two. Last year, over 20,000 people from across the state, nation and beyond invaded Austin, Texas for the city's first Maker Faire. This year, the event is coming back to the Travis County Expo Center and organizers are already expecting double the attendance and over 400 Makers are scheduled to show off their inventions from robots to crafts to food and more.

Put together by Make Magazine and Craft Magazine, Maker Faire celebrates things people create themselves—from electronic gizmos that would make James Bond jealous, to "slow made" foods and homemade clothes that would make Martha Stewart swoon. The event is a non-stop "wow-fest" where surprises and inspiration are as ubiquitous as the festival air.

"At the surface, Maker Faire is a fun event for people of all ages," explained Event Director Sherry Huss. "But more than just a weekend of creative entertainment, we want people to leave feeling inspired—that they too can create things, express themselves, and engage the world around them. Our goal is to resuscitate the spirit of American creativity and innovation!"

Along with hundreds of Makers displaying their unique creations, specific event highlights from this year's Austin Maker Faire will include RoboGames, rocket making and launching, Edible Austin's Food Maker Pavilion, exciting new alternative vehicles and a sustainable village. EepyBird will be showing off its new Diet Coke and Mentos Mega Fountains and Maker Faire favorite, the Life-Sized Mouse Trap is not to be missed. There will be Maker Music, a fantastic evening program including fire arts on Saturday, and special speakers throughout the weekend including Col. Joe Kittinger, "The Man Who Fell to Earth—Skydiving from 30,000 Feet;" Dr. Gary Marcus, a cognitive neuroscientist at New York University and author of "Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind;" Patrick Buckley, The Hungry Scientist; Benderella, Circuit Bending, Biology and travels to India; and so much more.

Many more headlining activities will be added in the weeks ahead.

Preliminary event sponsors include Hyundai Motor Company, Microsoft.NET Micro Framework, Google, Make: Television, CLIF BAR & Co, Geek Squad, Freelancers Union, ShopBot Tools, Inc., Singer Sewing Co, Yahoo! and Whole Foods Market.

The Details:

WHEN: Saturday, October 18th: 10am - 10pm
Sunday, October 19th: 10am - 6pm

WHERE: Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Ln. Austin, TX

TICKETS: Advance ticket prices available at Whole Foods Market Downtown and Austin Children's Museum until October 17th. Full price Tickets available online at www.makerfairetickets.com or at Travis County Expo Center the weekend of Maker Faire.

Advance Purchase Price
   Single Day Weekend Pass Single Day
Adult $20.00 $40.00 $25.00
Student (13 to 21) $10.00 $20.00 $15.00
Youth (4 to 12) $5.00 $10.00 $10.00
Kids (3 & under)

Here's a sampling of what you can expect to see:







MUSIC: Over 20 bands from Austin and beyond represent a wide range of musical tastes all within the DIY realm will be performing. Throughout the weekend, Maker Faire attendees can expect to hear a plethora of musical sounds including vaudeville pop, 80s funk, Latin rock, experimental electronica, gypsy punk, sideshow shanty tunes, reggae, orchestral pop, a circus punk marching band and more:



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