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For everyone who’s been picked last for kickball and first for lab, your time has come. I just went to my first Maker Faire in San Mateo last Saturday and was totally blown away. I’m declaring it the most exciting event for geeks in the world.

The vast array of geekerie included everything from laser harps to tesla coils to computer-driven embroidery to finger puppets to robots that fight to the death. There were tons of hands-on workshops for all ages and, of course, the usual high-calorie foods. I even got a sick eating a banana split funnel cake.

All this took place in 10 expo areas, each with it’s own theme. It’s impossible to see everything, because you could spend all day in just one area.

If you missed this last weekend’s Maker Faire, check out the next one in Austin, Texas on Oct 18th and 19th.

I’m still exhausted, and since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are some photos:

Maker Faire 2008

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10 Comments

  • M.Christian

    gravatarMay 5, 2008
    12:43 pm

    I might be … no, I definitely AM a cranky-guy but I hated the fair this year. Last year, and the year before that, it was definitely a place by and for geeks, nerds and makers. This year, though, there was way too many rug-rats (and their damned strollers), clueless (and rude) day-trippers, and far too many corporate sponsors. Next year I’m staying home.

  • kadavy

    gravatarMay 5, 2008
    2:40 pm

    It’s funny, with all of those big, complex projects at the fair, by far the most memorable and coolest thing I saw there was The Paper Airplane Guy: http://snipr.com/279xu

    Definitely check him out. He had great presentation skills and really knew his aerodynamics. Who would think that you could do something so interesting with a sheet of paper!?

  • Sara

    gravatarMay 9, 2008
    9:59 pm

    I’ve been to it all three years in San Mateo, and while many of the exhibits were repeats, I still didn’t get a chance to see everything I wanted to! From your pictures, it looks like you saw the half of the Faire I didn’t manage to see. Here’s my writeup and pictures of the other half: http://blog.amethistle.com/2008/05/more-inspiration-maker-faire-in-san.html

  • Marina

    gravatarMay 16, 2008
    3:29 am

    looks really fun… I hope they’ll come in Europe in some near future… ;-))

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