Press Release: May 19, 2008
If You MAKE It, They Will Come--O'Reilly Media Alert: Maker Faire attracts an incredible 65,000 attendees
"The appeal of trying a little science at home has put the Maker Faire at the center of a movement of tinkerers and backyard experimenters."|
Sebastopol, CA—Earlier this month, an astonishing 65,000 people from all across the country (and beyond) came to the San Francisco Bay Area to celebrate the worlds premier event for DIY (Do It Yourself) creativityMaker Faire! Organized by Make Magazine and Craft Magazine, Maker Faire celebrates things people create themselvesfrom electronic gizmos that would make James Bond jealous, to slow made foods and homemade clothes that would make Martha Stewart swoon.
Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon.com
The next Maker Faire will take place October 18 & 19 at the Travis County Fairgrounds in Austin, TX. In 2009, Maker Faire may expand to even more locations. Makers are everywhere, in every city across America and the world, explained Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire. We want to tap into these communities, to showcase what people are making, and, in the end, to encourage and inspire even more people to become Makers.
While still the ultimate playground for hackers and geeks, Maker Faire is bringing the inventive and fascinating world of DIY into the mainstream. Were amazed at how fast this has grown, said Event Director Sherry Huss. Maker Faire has clearly struck a nerve in American culture. Were reaching 7 year olds, 70 year olds, and everyone in between.
The New York Times
To speak with a representative from Maker Faire, please contact Mark Ballard at 212-255-8455 or Mark@rosengrouppr.com.
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