We Are Makers – A Talk

Curious about the Maker Movement and our need to make, create, tinker and experiment? Here is Dale Dougherty, the founder of Maker Magazine and one of the heralds of the Maker Movement, giving a TED talk in which he describes the importance of making and what makes us all makers.

 

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Making an Impression: Makers All Around

I thought if I tried this, it would explode.
I have three confessions to make: 1) I don’t know how to change a car tire, 2) it’s a miracle I know how to check for malware on my computer, and 3) I was exceptionally lucky to pass physics in high school (thanks, Mr. Teachworth, you really are a credit to your name). I see tinkerers and think, “It would probably explode if I tried that.”

So here I am, learning about Maker Faire and the “Maker Movement” that inspired it. Maker Faire is tricky enough to describe. Making robots? Cars? Soldering circuit boards? Making sparkly things? Who on earth am I to try and participate in all that or to try and articulate what the “Maker Movement” is?

But here’s the big secret I’m about to let you in on: we’re all makers.

We just haven’t realized it yet.

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Bike Tinkerers Wanted

We love to see bike hacks at Maker Faire. You may have seen a double decker or extended frame bike around town. Maybe at night you’ve seen bicycles lit with wondrous lights or been to an event with a wide variety of unique bikes. It’s great to see maker creativity applied to the standard two wheeler and we want to see great examples of this in Balboa Park in October.  Continue reading

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Maker Faire – Returning to San Diego!

Excited about Maker Faire? We are too! Here’s a peek at what you’ll see when the San Diego Maker Faire rolls into to Balboa Park on October 3rd and 4th.

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Close Encounter with the Giant Pod

Me and Scott fighting with tools

Ever seen a haunting, twelve-legged solar powered robot? Scott Parenteau’s “Walking Pod”, a moving geodesic dome brought from Sacramento to San Diego this past weekend, is captivating in construction and menacing in battle. Continue reading

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Learn More, Join us at a Meetup!

Learn more at Maker Faire MeetupsAfter today’s Maker Faire announcement by the Mayor we want to give you the opportunity to learn more. Over the next two weeks we’ll be holding a series of gatherings where you can meet local makers, learn more about Maker Faire and ask us questions. Check our meetup page for the latest details. Continue reading

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Call for Makers

Call for Makers

Makers can now apply to exhibit at San Diego Maker Faire!

Been working on a special project you’d love the world to see? Need a deadline to bring closure to a long-idle passion pursuit? Want to rally friends to co-create something wonderful to share? Now is the time to plan, apply, and get gears in motion. October 3 & 4 are just over three months away!

Learn more about the process and apply to exhibit at our Call for Makers page.

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Mayor Faulconer Announces Maker Faire!

Mayor Announces Maker Faire

In a way that thrilled audiences, today Mayor Faulconer and Council Member Gloria announced Maker Faire was coming to Balboa Park on October 3 and 4. Did they just walk to a podium and read a script? No, far from it! Continue reading

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Cupcake #1: Done!

Cupcake RideWe did it! After months of weekly sessions we’ve realized the fruits of our labor. Today we put the final touches on our first cupcake car and just in time for the Mayor’s announcement of Maker Faire. Watch our cupcake take a stroll.  Continue reading

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Making an Impression: Mind Blown

I was so excited by my first Maker Faire (San Mateo 2015) that I didn't take many pictures of myself. But there's always time to be a pirate captain!I didn’t think I would find myself gawking at a 28-foot tall, fire-breathing robot on Sunday afternoon. There I was, however… gawking. Actually Robot Resurrection is a human-piloted articulating sculpture, but I didn’t figure that out until I actually saw a man standing in its chest. I also didn’t think I would be cheering at drone battles, staring at a giant mecha shooting paintballs, soldering circuit boards, creating textile bookmarks, or being mind -blown by musical light displays, glassblowing, 3D printers and mechanical knitting machines.

“See?” My co-worker told me with a smile, “You really do have to see it to believe it.”

Yup, I kinda did.
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