SAN MATEO, Calif. Ė Itís a movement. It involves lots of robots and LEDs. Itís noisy. People dress weird and drive weird vehicles. Itís good for kids and engineers of all ages.
Thatís my first impression of Maker Faire, the circus for do-it-yourselfers which comes to Silicon Valley once a year and increasingly shows up at other venues around the world. Think of it as Burning Man without a burning man and a whole lot more Legos.
I took my very first tour of the event this year. Hereís a sampler of who and what I saw beyond the rollout of Arduino Yun and an interview with Massimo Banzi and crew which I wrote about in a separate story.
Green is a big theme including at the bike-powered music stage.
Correction: I counted only 11 major Maker Faires (not dozens), but there are 61 mini-Maker Faires in 2013.
The largest Maker Faire is the original Bay Area event, and they had around 120k people this year.
Here are the cities with major Maker Faires:
Kansas City (KS)
Fort Wayne Regional (IN)
World New York (NYC)
Bay Area (San Mateo, CA)
There are dozens of major Maker Faire events in major cities (Bay Area, New York, Detroit, Rome...) and mini-Maker Faires in smaller cities.
Here's a list of the upcoming Faires:
I count 50 upcoming Faires this year.