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Startup Weekend: Bay Area Makers at the Tech

Startup Weekend

Ohh, maker and startup fans and anyone with a great idea should show up this weekend at the Tech Museum of Innovation! On July 11-13 they’re hosting an awesome event called “Startup Weekend: Bay Area Makers at the Tech” This will be a creative event where individuals who want to get started founding and launching a successful venture will have an opportunity to make it a reality.

Friday evening participants will present their pitches for a hardware startup. On Saturday they’ll form teams and alliances to make their dream come true and the Tech and it’s partners will be providing equipment like 3-D printers and laser cutters to make it happen.

Silicon valley tech leaders will judge the entries and give the teams feedback and conclude with a grand showcase of the week’s work on Sunday evening.

Startup Weekend: Bay Area Makers, supported by Google for Entrepreneurs, is dedicated to helping individuals build their networks, learn new skills, and launch a startup while creating a product, prototype, and presentation. Startup Weekend has events in more than 100 countries and 580 cities worldwide.


WHAT: Startup Weekend: Bay Area Makers. An intense event where teams create an innovative product over the weekend and launch a real startup.

WHEN: Startup Showcase: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Full event: July 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to July 13, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Tech, 201 S. Market St. San Jose, CA

Maker Faire 2009, May 30-31

Maker Faire

One of the best festivals in the Bay Area is the Maker Faire (World’s Largest DIY Festival) and it’s happening next weekend, May 30 and 31st.

Now in it’s fourth year, Maker Faire has grown not only in size (it now spans the entire San Mateo County fairgrounds now) but also in popularity. The first two years it was rather easy to park at the main parking lot outside the East entrance to the fairgrounds. Last year traffic was backed up for MILES on the freeway just getting to the place. Not to mention, once you were there, you had to drive a bit farther to dedicated parking lots/garages elsewhere and ride an old school bus (free) to the fairgrounds. I think it’s awesome that this service is provided and goes to show just how wonderful this event truly is.

If you’re a Maker Faire virgin, what should you expect? Team Maker Faire boils it down to the categories of: Arts & Crafts, Science & Engineering, Robotics & Rockets, Sustainability, Fun For Kids, and Music & Fire. There is something for everyone. Bring Mom and Dad, bring your college buddies, meet up with your coworkers, or just come by yourself. Regardless, everyone will have something up their alley to watch, listen, or participate in.

Throughout the two days, special guests will be performing or speaking. One that will be no doubt popular – Adam Savage of Mythbusters will be speaking on Saturday (2pm, MAKE Main Stage 2) on “Colossal Failures”.

In the Arts & Crafts world at Maker Faire, if you’re into that sort of thing, there will be plenty at hand. Bazaar Bizarre (a fave of mine) will have a selection of indie designer and crafters on hand selling their wares. Swap-O-Rama-Rama is returning so if you’re into sewing be sure to bring a bag of unwanted clothes and your creativity. Donate the clothes and pick out some new ones and create a new outfit on-site. I checked it out the first year and noticed there were several sewing machines, screen printing machines, and all sorts of other resources (including fellow crafters) there for all your hand-making needs.

Sculptures, working-machines, fire-breathing iron contraptions — the festival showcases so many amazing creations.

The details:
Maker Faire 2009
San Mateo County Expo Center
Saturday: 10a-8p, Sunday: 10a-6p

Weekend and Day-Pass tickets are available. Note that while discounted tickets are no longer available via the website, there are over 75 locations in the Bay Area that offer discounted tickets. Don’t hesitate to check them out!

For more details and a program you can download, visit

Maker Faire 2009 Auditions on Sunday, March 8th

Maker Faire
The Maker Faire is coming around again this year and this weekend is your chance to have your project at Maker Faire 2009.

The fourth annual Maker Faire’s theme is Re-Make America and it “will showcase individual creativity and grassroots innovation in the largest festival devoted to DIY culture and technology in the country.” Personally, I’m a big fan and have been to the previous three, sometimes going both days because there is just so much to see.

So what are they looking for?

“We’re looking for anyone who has something fun to share, something they’ve made with their hands,” explains Dale Dougherty, Publisher & Editor of MAKE magazine. “It can be practical or impractical–it could be something simple like a creative costume or maybe some handmade jewelry. Or it could be something wild like a bike with ten wheels, or a dog-powered lawn mower. Whatever it is, the more creative and imaginative, the better!”

Creepy spider robot

So if you are a Maker and would like to share your innovations with others at one of the year’s best events, bring your project downtown on Sunday March 8th.

* When: Sunday, March 8th, 2009 (noon – 4pm)
* Where: The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113-2008
(408) 795.6225
* Admission: FREE
* Contact for Auditions: Sherry Huss, (707) 827-7074 or

[More Maker Faire audition details here]

Also – if you’d just like to stop by the Tech Museum, Sunday March 8th’s admission is FREE, as part of the Free Second Sundays Program.

Build, CRAFT, hack, play, MAKE #3!

Mark your calendars on May 3rd and 4th! It’s time for the Maker Faire!
Maker Faire
If you’re not aware:

“Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.”

The MF is packed with amazing projects, hands-on events, performances, music, and shopping! Bazaar Bizarre is one of my favorite parts of the faire. This year there are 72 Crafters! “A smorgasbord of handmade items, many cleverly made with recycled materials. Something for everyone—jewelry, toys, lotions, art, glass, fiber arts, ceramics, handbags, baby items, even crafting supplies.”

Last year was a blast:

From unique musical guests… To Eepybird and their Coke+Mentos show…
band member sprinkler action

Some odd outdoor contraptions… (you run in the hamster wheel and it would cause the finger to pick the boogie)
The Disgusting Spectacle

And more and more and more. Check out the zillions of photos on Flickr if you need more proof that you will have an awesome time.

Weekend Passes – $20 (kids), $30 (students), $50 (adults)
Daily Passes: $10 (kids), $15 (students), $25 (adults)

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