At the present time I am working on a large-scale StratML report and found out about a technology event in our area called the Maker Faire. Needing a break, my wife and I popped on the 7 train to Queens on a lovely Sunday afternoon. I really had no idea what to expect because events like these have a great range. From mundane ballooning events in New Jersey to really cool ones in the Bay Area. The event was not only fun, but of value. It was really about two concurrent events, one inside and one outside.
I managed to walk around and see some neat things in the New York Hall of Science from the vendors inside. However, the real deal was sitting-in on the A.J. Jacobs and Clive Thompson presentations. Not only were these presentations “Spot-On” in the delivery department, but they also provided the attendee with valuable information. Mr. Jacobs’s segment was titled “Experiment Your Way to a Better Life” and he really showed some neat things done with 3-D printing. Mr. Thompson’s segment was titled “The New Literacies” and focused on how we have progressed from text to modern forms of communication. These presentations were not only very informative, but also quite enjoyable. Wonderful stuff.
It was a picture perfect day in Queens and being outside was the plan. Vendors were aplenty, and they ranged from Microsoft to NASA. With 1960’s rockets towering overhead, the atmosphere was upbeat and very pleasant. The big draw of the day was 3-D printing, which was promoted by various vendors throughout. From plates to pocketbooks, many interesting items were on display. What can be done on these machines is absolutely amazing, and worth a look.
What is really cool about technology is that it covers such as vast space. Case in point: Working on an open, machine-readable format report in the morning, and playing with a 3-printer in the afternoon. This year I have been fortunate to have spent some time at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and attend some very interesting technology events. The Maker Faire in Queens was one of those events, which provokes the thought process, and gets the gears going.