MAKER FAIRE 2014 –YEAR OF THE MAKER

By Nolan Apostle
Producer, Contributing Editor and Photographer
Event City Premier Magazine

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What is the Maker Faire?  At the Event City Creative several of us have been big Maker fans over the years and this reporter has attended almost every year since its inception in 2006. Although I’ve missed a couple of years due to personal reasons, my conviction and dedication to the Maker Faire – DIY (Do It Yourself) genre, and the immense amount of creative talent, positive attitudes and eclectic inventive ideas on display at this event – well simply put, as the Rolling Stones would say, “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away”. I would have to be laid out on a gurney to miss another Faire again.

To give you a fair definition of this eclectic festival of talent is a most difficult task, but one that we sure had fun defining. After talking with hundreds of Makers and attendees over the years we have come up with what we believe defines the Bay Area Maker Faire:

“A Creative’s Disneyland rolled into a

Futuristic Music Festival of the Arts & Sciences.”

Well that’s one definition of Maker Faire. The festival itself defines it as “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new”, whatever you might decide it is, Maker Faire is certainly a different type of edutaining, an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, inventors, crafters, educators, engineers, electronic wizards, science clubs, hobbyists, authors, artists, students, and even an interesting collection of commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come together at a Maker Faire event to show-off their wares, whatever they may be and to possibly help you learn more by sharing what they have learned.

Maker Faire launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 as a tiny display of DIY enthusiasts demonstrating their ideas, inventions and creative projects. The interest and excitement of this genre, if you can even label it a “genre”, has done nothing but spiral into an incredible adventure where one can see and most importantly, experience, the entire Maker community first hand in all its glory. Last year at the San Mateo (San Francisco Bay Area) Maker Faire the crowds were spectacular and truly as gigantic as some of the displays at the Faire itself – over 120,000 attendees showed up over the weekend to take in this grand event – and most of those we spoke with said they would be returning without a doubt as long as the Maker Faire existed!

Wow! Can one believe the incredible growth of an event that offers such a wide array of experiences with a general ticket price ranging from $17.50 to $60.00? The popularity of the Maker Faire expanded greatly over a short time and soon took over the entire San Mateo Events Center within a few years. Now almost a decade into the sprawling event its legions of aspiring makers, educators, moms, dads, sons and daughters and many others come to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 195,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2013, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. If you plan on going to the Faire here is some information to help you get there and around the San Mateo area. The Maker Faire is certainly family friendly – 50% attend the event with their children and many come from all parts of Northern California. Just last year alone there were 98 independently-produced Mini and Featured Maker Faires taking place around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Santiago, and Oslo.

This years Maker Faire is expected to be the largest Maker Faire to date! Could it reach 150,000? Why is it so popular? Could it be that the event is primarily designed to be forward-looking showcase for Makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But the Faire is not just for those involved in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

The Maker Faire is an exciting and extremely entertaining event filled with an extremely diverse audience, and a fascinating, fun, curious mix of people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with an audience that can be just as eclectic as the makers themselves. All of this could be the result of the popularity explosion of this event, and as it continues to grow it will continue to present a tremendous opportunity for everyone who visits the Maker Faire; opportunities to learn, to grow, to walk away feeling real good about yourself, about your abilities to go out there and to do “something” regardless of what it might be. Some say it is an event that can easily become one’s obsession, as far fetched as that might be, it is an event that really does allow you to feel real good about yourself. Once you attend a Maker Faire one thing is certain, whether you become addicted to the eclectic fun and creative and inspirational atmosphere or not, you will come to appreciate the 950+ Makers displaying their projects and not only walk away learning something new, but truly, you will feel much better about yourself and that alone will urge you to return the following year for a whole different, but certainly just as positive, experience!

Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media.  Maker Media publishes MAKE magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

The Maker Faire Official App is available for iPhone and Android devices. You can download it here.
Event City is the new online Community for the Events & Creative Industries supporting the talent and projects within the Special Events, Hospitality, Music, Entertainment, Film and all Inventors and the full spectrum of the Arts. The Event City Creative Magazine is the online publication supporting Event City and the Event City Network. Event City launches in Q4 2014.

Here is a Maker Faire Sneak Peak for you:

Makerspace on Wheels: Building the Hackmobile

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http://makezine.com/2014/05/06/makerspace-on-wheels-building-the-hackmobile/

The “Ultimate Maker Vehicle” is revealed at Maker Faire on Saturday, May 17th, 2014

 

The Hypnotic Grooves of the Sand Noise Device

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This is what you get when you combine a box of sand with a Microsoft Kinect, an overhead projector, and a series of illuminated pucks?

 

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Test Your Skills at the Game of Drones Aerial Sports Competition

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The Game of Drones is announcing the launch of our their official drone sports competition at the San Francisco Bay Area Maker Faire, on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. Check it out, this is pure, unadulaterated, MAKER FUN!!

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Game of Drones is excited to announce the launch of our official drone sports competition at Maker Faire Bay Area, taking place on May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The Aerial Action Sports League (AASL) aims to be the premiere drone sports competition, showcasing pilot skills, engineering prowess, and technology innovation through aerial combat, flying obstacle courses, and other fun drone games.

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More to come on the Event City Creative Magazine.

Photography by Nolan Apostle

Until we have a permanent location for the Nolan Apostle Photography Collection his images will appear at numerous locations on the Web, as well as Event City, and the Nolan Apostle Photography Facebook Fan Page. Photos from the Photography Collection of Nolan Apostle including some from the Way Back Machine, the Imagination Unlimited Photography days. Photos will be showcased here, usually before any other location on the web. See the links below to view the collection of photographs for each one.

Images are viewable in a smaller format online, if you would like to purchase larger, good to high quality prints for a nominal fee shoot us an email to make arrangements for your purchases. All captions are written by Nolan.

To receive updates, don’t forget to sign up as a FAN of Nolan Apostle Photography you might see some pictures of YOU on here too!

Johnny doing what he loves best, WIRLING in a Fun World USA Wirlball!

Johnny doing what he loves best, WIRLING in a Fun World USA WIRLBALL™!

Boxer Joe Gumina hanging out

Boxer Joe Gumina hanging out

Michelle & Tammy Gumina - How Sweet!!

Michelle & Tammy Gumina - How Sweet!!

Having fun at the Fox!

Having fun at the Fox!

Alan, our fearless retired leader.

Alan, our fearless retired leader.

Joe & Barbara being goofy; Yaaaaaayy!!

Joe & Barbara being goofy; Yaaaaaayy!!

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SF Mayor Gavin Newsom with Event City's AJ

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Gavin Newsom delivering a GREAT speech.

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Gavin on the drums, "Not bad Mr. Mayor"!

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Event City's, Felix Solomon, hanging out.

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Clay Summers, Event City's David Molinari & Charles Peterson, way back in the day.

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Journey's Steve Perry having fun.

My good ol' friend TK - Damn I miss him!

My good ol' friend TK - Damn I miss him!

Here are some new photos recently posted from the personal collection of Nolan Apostle Photography. We hope you enjoy them! There are plenty more to come.

The Gumina Family Holiday Party

Gavin Newsom’s Campaign Party on Pier 23

Scouting in Pacifica California Also available on the Event City GigaTribe location – request your Event City Official ALL ACCESS PASS once you become a Member of the Event City Network!

Fox Theater Grand Reopening

Imagination Unlimited Photography (Early photos from Nolan’s photography career)

We looking forward to seeing you on the Event City Network.

Fox Theater Oakland Reopening Party

Nolan Apostle – Contributing Editor, Producer
Event City Creative Magazines
Event City BlogaZines
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Evening of the Fox Reopening

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What the Fox might of looked like back in the day

A musical stiltwalker enjoys a stroll by the Fox

A musical stiltwalker enjoys a stroll by the Fox

It’s been over a week since the big bash at the Oakland Fox Theater in Northern California and some of you have already sent us some nice emails about some of the photographs we have uploaded to several of our sites. You can see many of the FOX photos at my personal Facebook page and also at my new Facebook Photographic page. It will showcase a great deal of work from the days when I was a full time photographer, band manager and concert producer.

Many photographs from the Event City Creative Magazine will also be placed at various locations throughout our different websites. Please feel free to download the images for your personal use. If you would like to purchase a high quality image scan print, or higher quality photographs please contact us, we will be happy to help you with your order. Most of our photographs are available for sale including those from our Archived Collection – “Imagination Unlimited Productions“.  We offer great pricing on our images as well as our Full Color Printing Services.

Here’s some fun pictures for your perusal. Click on the image to see it’s full size.

A couple of "Flashers" from the past!

A couple of "Flashers" from the past!

Bruce Springsteen & E-Street Band at Superbowl XLIII

Bruce S & E-Street Band ROCK the Superbowl

Bruce S & E-Street Band ROCK the Superbowl

I had just turned on the TV late afternoon on Sunday to catch some of the Superbowl, and Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band were announced and Wow what a show it was!! They rocked to many favorites and the crowd did not let up at all. Fireworks lit up the sky in Tampa Bay tonight, and the crowd sung along to Born to Run and many other awesome Springsteen hits.

Watching Bruce and the E-Street Band perform today brings back many memories of my days in the Rock’n’Roll world. Bruce Springsteen, the BOSS, is the Robert De Niro of the Music Industry! Those in the movie biz know how nice, openly friendly and courteous, a real gentleman Mr. De Niro is; and not just to his friends and co-workers but everyone. One of the most powerful men in Hollywood and he’s a sweetheart!

I had the opportunity to work with Bruce Springsteen and company back in the 70’s and 80’s and they were all very professional, extremely well organized (something very rare back in those days for Rock’n’Rollers), and Bruce and the gang were just the nicest of them all. No egos flying every which way, no attitude, just good times and getting their job done with a flair to please the masses.

I’ll never forget the night I gave a ride to one of Bruce’s close friends who was attending his concert from out of town. It was very late, but I lived on the Peninsula and I was giving him a ride to Bruce’s parents house who also lived on the Peninsula.

When we got there everyone was just so tired. Bruce was sitting at the table across from his wife, his hand on his forehead, obviously extremely tired, and he looked up at me and said, “Hey, you sure look exhausted”. Here he was, just finished an exploding show, in his mom’s kitchen, and he still had it in him to say “hey” to someone he barely knew. Suffice it to say, I rested for about 15 minutes, got a few aspirins, said my good-byes, and got the biggest hug from Mama Springsteen, you would of thought I was one of her own!! I was told later she is that way with all of Bruce’s friends!!

At that moment I realized why Bruce is the beautiful guy that he is, why he chooses to have those kind of people around him, and after seeing him there exhausted, I realize he really is the “Working Man” that he so often signs about.

Back to the show — “IT’S BOSS TIME”,

Little Stevie belted out those words at the end of their set at Superbowl 43!! What an incredible show, you can’t help but feel good watching them play! Those of you that know me know I am not that big of a spectator sports fan, I’d rather be playing than watching, and as far as I am concerned, I just watched the Superbowl!!

May Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band live forever!!

Bruce Springsteen - "You can't help but feel good watching him"

Bruce Springsteen - "You can't help but feel good watching them play"

Nolan Apostle – Contributing Editor, Producer
Event City Creative Magazines
Event City BlogaZines
magazine@eventcity.net

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On April 17th, 2008 Bruce’s dear friend and keyboard player Danny Federici died after a 3 year battle with Melanoma. During the Superbowl they debuted a “Danny Fund PSA” and it can be seen at the Danny Federici Memorial Site. Please visit it now to learn more how you can help in this great cause. From everyone here at the Event City Network, our heartfelt condolences go out to Danny’s family, Bruce Springsteen, his entire band and management at Thrill Hill Productions and all of Danny’s friends.

President Barack H. Obama History & Hope

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

On Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at 12:05pm EST Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America and the 1st African American President ever! Catch the Event City coverage at our Event City Creative Magazine.

All of us at the Event City Network, Event City Emporium and the Internet Organization are looking forward to the new administration of President Obama.

We are so thrilled to be able to live to see the dream of Martin Luther King come to pass. To see the Millions on site who witnessed this historic event. To listen to his eloquent but tough speech to the country and to the world, and to realize how he and his Cabinet will be rolling up their sleeves as soon as first thing tomorrow morning to get to the job at hand – CHANGE.

We will be there right along side our new President to do whatever we can do to help with our dream for Hope and the challenge of Change.

Nolan Apostle, Contributing Editor
Event City Creative Magazine/Event City BlogaZine

Planner’s Feast at CES & MacWorld

Where to go and What to do!?

By Nolan Apostle, Editor in Chief and
Danny Hewlett, Photographer & Camera Crew

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

As an Events and Creative Industry’s professional you will learn about the products and services we will find at, CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas and MacWorld Expo in San Francisco? Event City will focus on bringing you the latest in new technology and “outside the box” ideas for doing what you do.

We bring you solutions for problems that exist and those that may exist in the future. We help you prevent headaches as well through learning about key products and services to help you in your business. Not only will you see new products now, but our coverage will continue well past the actual Events themselves.

You could be an Event or Meeting Planner, Corporate Manager, Hospitality & Events specialist, Travel, Art, Entertainment, Music Food & Beverage or Film industry professional and we will constantly bring you the latest and greatest to help you succeed!

So now that you know our secret, here’s a few links for you to visit the Event City Magazine coverage of these two great shows.  Event City Creative Magazine and the Meeting City Online BlogaZine.

Jim Carrey Rolls into Premier of YES MAN in Hollywood

Jim Carrey Rolls in a Wirlball on the Red Carpet at the Fund-raising Premier of his new movie YES MAN in Hollywood. Jim proves to be one great Wirler!!
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When Jim Carrey entered his Premier for the movie YES MAN, and he came Rolling in a giant 10′ Inflatable ball, nobody knew what to call it. Even Jay Leno fumbled for words with Jim Carrey’s co-star Zooey Deschanel during her interview on his show, on Thursday evening, December 19th, 2008.

It is called the WIRLBALL, YES, W-I-R-L-B-A-L-L. Just say YES to WIRLING. It is the new extreme sportsball in America ready to rock and ROLL your Wirld!!

Jim Carrey Arriving at YES MAN Premier Rolling in a Wirlball

Jim Carrey Arriving at YES MAN Premier Rolling in a Wirlball

We are the manufacturer, designer, importer of this specially designed ball for the USA. We are the only company offering both sales and rentals and we can also offer a Warranty for these Extreme Sport Amusement Balls. We are also the only company with a BRAND (besides the New Zealand manufacturer) and a Plan.

Jim likes calling them the Orb. Some call it the Human Hamster or Bubble Ball! Someone tell Mr. Carrey and company it is called the WIRLBALL and it is coming to a city near you.

For complete details on it you can email us at wirlball@eventcity.net. To see Jim Rolling in the Wirlball visit the WIRLBALL MYSPACE and click on “View All Blog Entries“. You can also view it with additional information at a FACEBOOK Page.

If you have any images or footage please send info to us. We are launching a large online portal for the Events & Creative Industries and would be glad to reciprocate with credits and possibly other business.

We are currently looking for crew, staff, Sales Teams, Dealers and Distributors all across the country. We look forward to hearing from you. And don’t forget to go see Jim Carrey in YES MAN!!!

Wirlball USA
415.525.9198 – SF/Headquarters
818.209.1198 – LA Office