Maker Faire Bay Area “Call for Makers”

Maker Faire

CALL FOR MAKERS is now open for Maker Faire Bay Area!

February 9, 2012

Dear Friend of Maker Faire,

The “Call for Makers” is now open for Maker Faire Bay Area.

You have requested to be notified when we open our Call for Makers process and we would like to invite you to submit your application for the 7th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area.

If you are interested in applying for World Maker Faire New York we will notify you when we open the Call for Makers in May.

Maker Faire Bay Area

Produced by the folks who bring you MAKE magazine, Maker Faire celebrates things people create themselves — from rockets and robots, to DIY science and technology, to sustainable foods and upcycled clothes.

Maker Faire invites Makers to submit projects for this years 7th annual festival.  More than 700 Makers and Maker organizations will participate and showcase their projects. The festival is expected to draw over 100,000 attendees from across the state, the country, and around the world.


Saturday, May 19th – 10AM – 8PM
Sunday, May 20th – 10AM – 6PM


San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA

The first step to participating in Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about you and your project.

Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups such as hobbyist clubs, schools and organizations.

Please provide a short description of what you make and what you will actually bring to Maker Faire.

Plan to link to a photograph or video of what you make.

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

Here are just some suggested ideas for topics and areas that we’re looking for:

Student Projects — Robotics — Design — Space Projects — Music Performance and Participation — Personal Fabrication including — 3D Printers and CNC Mill — Textile Arts and Crafts — Hacker and Maker Space Projects — Hands-On Activities — Home Energy Monitoring — Rockets and RC Toys — Sustainability/Sustainable Living — Green Tech — Radios — Vintage Computers and Game Systems — Electronics — Electric Vehicles — Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects — Food and Beverage Makers — Puppets — Kites — Bicycles — Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.) — Unusual Tools or Machines — How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.) — Art Cars — Large Scale Art Projects and more…

Call for Makers Application and Information can be found at the following link:

Please enter early so we can reserve space for your exhibit. 

Entry Close Date: March 20, 2011

If you are not already a subscriber to MAKE magazine, please continue to support the Maker movement and take advantage of the special Maker discount available to participating Makers – it is 50% off of the subscription price, so you can get a full year of MAKE magazine for only $17.50 (and, if you are a subscriber – use the code below to extend your subscription at this price).

Use code M9CMK when ordering to get your special discount at the following link:

And don’t forget — follow @MakerFaire on twitter and visit Maker Faire on Facebook and become a fan!

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We are really looking forward to Maker Faire this year and are excited to receive your application with more information about your project. If you have any questions, please email

And, if there are others in your community that you believe should be participating, please feel free to share this information with them.

Thank you for your support and looking forward to seeing you at Maker Faire!


Sherry Huss

Maker In Chief
Maker Media


Name This Six-Legged Walker Toy

These videos have been making the viral rounds today. They’re a sneak peek and a draft promo video for a six-legged robotic toy in development at Wow! Stuff in the UK. And the toy is definitely a wow. The R/C walker has interchangeable weapon heads that fire foam darts, ping pong balls, poker chip-like disks, and the toys have interchangeable armor that flies off when hit by other walkers.

The developers are looking for a name for the toy and ideas for armor designs and customization pieces. They’ll be giving away one of the toys for the name they choose and for any designs they use. I love this toy designer’s child-like enthusiasm. We have to get him to Maker Faire!

Name Our Toy


How-To: Sharpen a Chisel (When You’re Serious About It)

“Spirit is the sword and experience the sharpening stone.” – Arab Proverb

This moment of zen brought to you by Instructables user carlbass. [Thanks, Carl!]



NEWS FROM THE FUTURE – Drones Over U.S. Get OK By Congress

Pt 353-2

Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress Washington Times:

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s … a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.

The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders theFederal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.

Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.

See my previous article with drone predictions “Predictions For 2012 – Add Yours!”. And post up the comments, drones for all over the US skies?


Kit Guide Kudos


A MAKE reader named Aaron emailed me today and wrote:


I picked up the Make Special Issue: Ultimate Kit Guide today. After gleefully devouring its packed pages, I felt that it was important to thank your team for putting together such a wonderful collection of items. What I appreciate most is the distilled simplicity of it. Web searches are often overwhelming and while pouring through an items forum can be revealing, they usually lack a quality evaluation of the items. The personal commentary of the reviewers is priceless as it helps to cut through the hype and/or lack of information associated with many kits, and gets to the heart of what I as a reader am interested in. Thanks again for going the extra mile.



Thanks so much for the email, Aaron. I’m so glad you like the issue and gave us feedback. You response is exactly what we were hoping to achieve with the guide, so this is great news!

And be sure to check out Make: Kit Reviews, our online kit review guide.


Maui Makers Featured on TV Show

Self Made in Hawaii” is a cable tv show on Hawaii’s OC16. The producer, Jess Craven, came to the last meeting of 2011 (Dec 29th) and filmed some interviews, builds, etc. He did a fantastic job of shooting and editing.… After a month or so on cable, the full show will be available on the web site. Jess has kindly edited our segment into an easily linked Vimeo upload for your immediate viewing pleasure….

[via EMSL]


“The Ultimate Breadboard” Prototyping Station

Austrian Claudio Zachl Werbegrafik has a blog called The Amateur Engineer, and a YouTube channel with a regular show he’s been running every two weeks for a little over a year, now. In this episode, he shows off his drool-inducing Ultimate Breadboard prototyping station, mothered by necessity in a complex ongoing project to build his own oscilloscope, for which off-the-shelf breadboards proved inadequate. [via Hack a Day]


New in the Maker Shed: Female to Female and Male to Female Jumper Wires.

While they are not the most fascinating product, the Maker Shed’s new jumper wires are really handy for prototyping. The female to female version is perfect if you need to attach a male pin to another male pin and is great for making extensions with regular jumper wires.  The male to female version also works as an extension but lets you plug sensors, modules, and individual components directly into female headers or into a breadboard. Every electronic tinkerer needs a set of these in their arsenal! They are also available in a bundle containing both versions.


Pneumatic Lego Arm

This impressive creation, by YouTube user sumthinelse5790, displays the entire range of motion of the human hand. So amazing! [Via Tinkernology]


Printable Pest Control

Kiwi programmer and farmer John Hart of Lifeboat Farm has been experimenting with using his RepRap to produce mechanical pest control devices so he can leave off the chemical pesticides. Shown above, fused-filament butterfly decoys, spotted with a marker and mounted on stalks of plastic filament in the garden:

The stalks are quite flexible so the butterflies bob about in the wind. They look pretty realistic to me, but more importantly I’ve seen white butterflies hovering around, then leaving without touching down, all this week. Time will tell if any have the courage to sneak in to lay eggs.

The model is available as Thing #6685 by Vik Olliver. John has also developed an interesting printable flytrap, though I haven’t seen the physibles for that one posted anywhere, yet. [Thanks, Tim!]


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