Contributing Editor Event City Premier Magazine

Nine years ago in sunny San Mateo California, what is now the edge of the ever expanding Silicon Valley, the birth of a new concept, an event for those who “Make”, almost a hobby of an idea in the making, the original Maker Faire was born on April 22, 2006. Now as we prepare for the 10th year of the Maker Faire, the event has grown to immense proportions. Since the launch of Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 with about 20,000 in attendance the event has grown to over 100 independently-produced Mini and Featured Maker Faires around the world, including various major international cities such as Tokyo, Rome, Santiago, and Oslo. This year’s Faire in San Mateo reached well over the breaking point of 150,000 attendees over the two day weekend. Arthur Habbit, a local residence from San Carlos, California said this of the Faire, “No matter how many people come to this event it is the most mellow crowd I have seen anywhere, even beats Disneyland’s crowds, hands down!” As diverse and exciting as this event has become, it is not without it’s share of problems, right now, what to do with an incredible swelling audience. It seems as if this incredible, expanding festival of invention and creativity is thriving like an anthill running out of earth to place its growing population and the precious gem of a venue, the San Mateo Fairgrounds, which has become the ultimate location for this Maker Faire event. Not only is the audience of attendees busting at the Event Center’s seams, so does the collection of Makers who everyone comes to see.

The event has gone from a simple group of “Maker Geeks” with some die-hard fans or curious folks, to a massive, worldwide, something for everyone movement. It’s popularity has reached the White House with the President of the United States issuing a proclamation for “National Day of Making”. President proudly presented the proclamation, “I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 18, 2014, as National Day of Making.” See the Presidents proclamation here.  

On this day the White House will host the White House version of a Maker Faire. It has invited makers from all over the United States inviting them to attend and participate as a maker, volunteer, attendee, anyone can get involved in the maker movement.

Makers everywhere are rejoicing to this huge push for a massively growing audience of inventors, entrepreneurs, tinkerers, crafters and many more. Dennis Shelgren, a maker from Campo Seco, California, is working on a new technology solar solution for both individuals as well as enterprise solutions. He is the co-founder of a new Maker Group located jointly and supported by both Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties.

So why the White House? What is the reason behind President’s Obama push for a White House Maker Faire? Maybe a piece of the answer to that question is here at the White House Blog where you’ll find an interview by Phil Larson, ‎Senior Advisor to the President for Space and Innovation, he interviews Dale Dougherty, CEO of Maker Media, founders of the Maker Faire. It could also be this young inventor’s ideas and inspirational spirit to “Make”!

The President is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire on the grounds of the White House and it will feature Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life. The rise of the Maker Movement represents a huge opportunity for the United States. Nationwide, new tools for democratized production are boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in manufacturing, in the same way that the Internet and cloud computing have lowered the barriers to entry for digital startups, creating the foundation for new products and processes that can help to revitalize American manufacturing.

San Mateo County Fair is Alive and Well After 36 Years

Image of the Band WAR.

Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

The San Mateo County Fair this year has the motto of “Where Tradition Meets Innovation”and will feature an incredible array of Technology products in the main hall with an emphasis on Kid’s Education. The Technology and Do It Yourself (DIY) exhibits are back from a successful run at last years fair. Kids get hands on experience with innovative new concepts and devices such as 3-D printers and software to help them learn how to program and create their own original computer games. The Do it Yourself environment can be an excellent opportunity for kids to experiment and learn new how to create. Additionally there were exhibits by 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA), painting, fine art, cooking and healthy eating were just part of the fun.



One of the companies exhibiting in the Technology area is We Cam, a new player in the Social Media communications space. WeCam wecamGangis a social video calling app that lets you connect directly to your friends, family and colleagues or your social media peeps such as on Faceb ook, Twitter and Google+. “We Cam is really cool” says Arthur English a visiting student from London attending the event, “you get your friends to use the app it can be a toy or a tool to help you in your daily life or just mess around a bit”.  The App also allows you to conduct smart “people” searches to discover other like-minded people on WeCam. Visit them at their booth at the fair and receive a chance to win an iPod during the show. While we were there two people won!


The FREE Concert series is running the entire length of the Fair from June 7th through Sunday June 15th. One of the Event City favorite bands at the fair this year is WAR. The band has been playing steadily for the last 45 years as one of the premier talents coming from the SF Bay Area. See WAR at the San Mateo County Fair this year. This years talent boasts a stunning variety of world-class musical entertainment and live performances which you can find the entire lineup of Entertainment here. Additionally there is all of the fun festival food, local and traditional contests, and a “Ferris Wheeling” carnival. The Fair will run for nine days and will be attended by over 130,000 guests.

The San Mateo County Event Center is the host of the San Mateo County Fair, which will be held June 7-15, 2014. Visit the web site here for regular updates, contest rules, entertainment schedules, promotions, giveaways and sponsorship information.