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Get swept up in the movement at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014

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In its nine year history, Maker Faire has grown from local sensation to international celebration fostering innovation, creativity and education. The brain child of Make Magazine, Maker Faire was once a gathering of enthusiastic tinkerers and craftsmen that blossomed into a Maker movement that includes 100 Faires in 2013 reaching over 1.5 million attendees worldwide.

The Faire opens at the San Mateo County Event Center Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at advance pricing.

The Maker movement, as explored in the documentary Maker, reveals, “It’s the web generation meets the real world.”

“We want to hack this physical world in a way we’ve been used to hacking computers.”

“Makers are not simply hobbyists. In many cases we have people who are prototyping the next generation of product.”

Director Mu-Ming Tsai, known for inspiring audiences with the film Design & Thinking, explores the ideas, tools, and personalities driving the Maker movement and its impact on society, culture and the U.S. economy.

In a recent press release, Dale Dougherty, CEO and founder of Maker Media acknowledged “the disruptive effects, practical insights, and impact the Maker movement is having across a broad spectrum, from local and global manufacturing, to design, workforce development, and education, as well as creative culture.”

Creative, resourceful and curious, Makers are developing projects that reimagine how they can interact with the world around them. Faire attendees have the opportunity to explore the latest developments in Arduino and Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, sustainable living, and "How To Crowdfund Your Hardware Project?"

Tech/art/music lovers can appreciate local Kunal Dovedy’s 2,000 pound installation the Turbinophone. Dovedy transformed a jet engine into an interactive musical instrument telling Mission Local, “I want one in every city in the country.” He went on to say they can be used to bring communities together, adding, “You really can do what you want to do in life. I know the stuff I am doing in my life is going to help the people around me a lot. I don’t know how, but it’s going to help.”

If fashion is more your scene, Project Runway's Season 12 runner-up and San Mateo native Alexandria von Bromssen returns to Maker with her up-cycled line of clothing modeled by members of Camp Couture. "It’s very eclectic, but it’s all monsters related. You’ll see some gowns. You’ll get some glitter, some fur, some paper," she told SF Gate.

Whether attending solo, plus one, or children in tow, download the printed program guide, or get the app for your smartphone.

The Event Center is massive, the grounds immense. Over 300 makers gather in the Expo & Fiesta Hall, Meeting Pavilion, Maker Shed, Show Barn, tents and booths ready to present, interact and engage. Wing it and risk missing event highlights such as the life size mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos fountain, pedal car races, ArcAttack with Tesla Coils, Game of Drones, and let’s not forget the gift of soldering.

Make the event your own. Get swept up in the Maker movement.

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