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.


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