A Maker Faire is about celebrating learning and doing – not the finished and perfect end product. It’s a place to share what we’re learning with others, and celebrate the fun and freedom of being an amateur.
Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration coming to Oakland on Sunday, October 24, 2010. It will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.
Maker Faire started back in 2005 as a spin-off of Make Magazine. The original Maker Faire entertains about 90,000 visitors in San Mateo over a weekend at the end of every May. Maker Faires have now happened appeared in Austin, Detroit and New York City. Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States, including events in Ann Arbor, Sebastopol, Aspen, Kansas City, and Boston.
The East Bay Mini Maker Faire will follow the big Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering, but will be smaller in scale and will showcase the wonders of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have Park Day School as its host and sponsor. Park Day School has just expanded its campus to 4 beautiful acres snuggled behind Oakland Technical High School in the Temescal district, and is opening its doors of this secret wonder to the greater East Bay for the Mini Maker Faire.
Follow the development of the East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Twitter@ebmakerfaire, as well as on its Facebook fan page.
And if you are (or know) a Maker or Crafter or Performer, please apply now to participate in the first annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire!
Call for Makers
The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is looking for makers, performers, crafters and food vendors for our event on October 24th. If you intend to sell merchandise, the cost is $100; otherwise there is no fee to participate.
What is a Call for Makers? Basically it’s an invitation to come show and share your stuff at the event. We ask you to fill out a simple form telling us about what you’d like to show at the Faire, so we know who you are and we can keep track all of you, and we’ll choose as many as we can fit to exhibit on October 24th.
A Maker Faire is about celebrating learning and doing – not the finished and perfect end product. It’s a place to share what we’re learning with others, andcelebrate the fun and freedom of being an amateur. Don’t be shy — come and share!
Call for Makers officially opens June 1, and closes August 31. Don’t wait to let us know you want to participate – it’s a short form, just go ahead and apply today.