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.

EVENT & HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY CELEBRATION

YOU, Your COLLEAGUES and INDUSTRY ASSOCIATES Are INVITED TO

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The Premier “Razzle Dazzle” Presented by  Event City and Broadway Studios 

This event is a Showcase and Mini-Expo for the Events & Creative Industries. These industries and their vertical markets will all be represented by the Event City Network as they prepare for their Live Launch.

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The industries represented are:

Special Events, Meeting Planning, Hospitality, Travel

ART, Music, Motion Picture and Entertainment 

The Premier Razzle Dazzle is on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012  —  5:00pm – 10:00pm 

BROADWAY STUDIOS VENUE
435 Broadway at Montgomery, North Beach, San Francisco, 94133

A Fine Selection of Complimentary

Appetizers and Delicious Samples from top Northern California Caterers

Wine Tasting, Live Music, Entertainers, Variety Performers

Artists, Aerials, Comedians, and more…

Live Performances by

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The Houserockers

KFOX Last Band Standing Winners

Voted the Best Dance Cover Band in the Bay Area


SPONSORED CATERERS

Tango Fusion Bistro & Tapas Bar –  Red Pepper

Hot Italian Pizza  –  Michi Catering  –  Deelish Carribean Cuisine

New Ganges Indian Cuisine  –  Beaver Creek Vineyards

SPONSORS

Broadway Studios  –  Event City  –  HouseRockers

Scott Production Services – Arroz Records

Balloons By Design  –  RadioSlot  –  ArtRockx

Urban Diversion  –  SF Sailing Company

Please go here to register 

To inquire about Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities at this or future Razzle Dazzles please Email us.

Virgin America Appoints New VP of Marketing

Virgin America Airline Appoints New VP of Marketing

Virgin America, California-based airline told Event City that they have appointed Luanne Calvert as its vice president of marketing.

Luanne Calvert New VP Marketing for Virgin America

Luanne Calvert New VP Marketing For Virgin America

Calvert will take the place of Porter Gale who left Virgin earlier in 2011 to pursue other opportunities.

Calvert will lead the airline’s Brand and Online Marketing, In-flight Content and Loyalty teams.

She will play a leading role in developing the Virgin America brand as the airline continues to grow into new markets across North America.

Calvert comes to Virgin America with an impressive array of successful companies as a leading digital marketing strategist and online consultant with Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy’s (LVMH) Fendi and Moleskine brands in Italy as well as Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Netflix and Ebay. Calvert served as creative director at Google, where she managed the brand globally and developed campaigns to bring Google products directly to consumer and business audiences — including Google Checkout, Google Apps, iGoogle and Google Maps.

Virgin America, known for its use of social media and edgy marketing campaigns, has been successful at conveying the idea that the company provides an entertaining and comfortable way to travel.

Calvert said her approach to marketing and advertising steers away from use of traditional vehicles like TV and billboard advertising. She prefers using other avenues – like social media or events – to draw in customers.

The airline, based in Burlingame, flies to 14 cities, increasing to 16 by the end of the year. The company said sales grew to $724 million last year, a 32 percent improvement over 2009.

Virgin America is planning the first major renovation of its in-flight offerings. The move holds big implications for the airline, which has attracted a strong following among travelers who say they are drawn to amenities like power plugs at every seat, a wide array of video games and even techno music in the bathrooms.

Travelers won’t see the changes until 2012, executives said. We wish Ms. Calvert the best of success for her and Virgin America in the coming years!

Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Event City Premier Magazine

Special Events Tradeshow in San Jose May 12

Bring your business cards and brochures. Balls if you juggle, a guitar if you play and a trick or three up your sleeve if you are a magical performer, but whatever and whoever you are, if you are involved in the Special Events Industry this is the place to be on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Here’s a Special Event for the Special Events Industry, and Event City’s Premier magazine will be there covering the show. The event takes place in the southern Silicon Valley at a venue known for being “The Center for Business and Events”, CLUB AUTO SPORT. The company’s slogan, “Where so many businesses are driven to success”, is a great location for parties and special events of all types. A beautiful showroom with the potential for so many different types of projects and special events!

The event is being hosted by the Encore Company, a Wedding Fair producer from the San Jose California area, they are also producing this premier event. You can register for free at their website or by clicking on this registration link.

Club Auto Sport hosts a unique business model with the idea of building an in-house network of commerce. It is a vibrant, vital business community that accelerates growth through a built-in marketplace. A unique commercial condominium facilty for sale or lease from a single executive office suite to 8,000 sq.ft or more.

The stunning 10,000 sq. ft. Event Center at Club Auto Sport is a perfect venue for a variety of social, charitable, political, or corporate functions — from your company’s holiday party to a major event or a private gathering of friends for a special occasion. Whether your interest is cars, cabernets or camaraderie with those who shape the valley, Club Auto Sport is your destination.

Event City has never covered an event at Club Auto Sport, and this Editor has not had the privilege  of attending a function there either, so expect my raw coverage of what this event location will offer to our Events & Creative Industry audience.

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

Ad Tech Visits San Francisco Next Week

Ad Tech, touted as the largest gathering of Digital Marketers in the world will be in San Francisco at the Moscone Center April 11-13, 2011 this year. Each year for the last couple of years Event City has covered Ad Tech from a general sense of the show. This year, as we launch we will look at Ad Tech through the eyes of you our loyal readers and members. Looking for advantages, opportunities and general information that could benefit you and your business endeavors.
We hope to find a great deal of business opportunities for you. Ad Tech takes place all over the world in these locations:

BEIJING, LONDON, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, SHANGHAI, SINGAPORE, SYDNEY and TOKYO

Some tidbits about Ad Tech:

Bringing together digital marketers and advertisers for more than 14 years and reaching buyers and sellers with 10 annual events across the globe.

Ad Tech’s exhibition hall affords participating vendors unparalleled opportunities to reach brand advertisers, agencies, publishers and key members of the trade media.

The exhibit hall itself features technologies and software and services employed in the world of digital marketing today, including:
Advertising Networks, Mobile, Ad Servers, Portals, Affiliates, Publishers, Creative Services, Research, Email Marketing, Search Engine Marketers, Rich Media, Search Engine Optimization, Media Planning and Buying, Software, Metrics/Analytics, Viral Marketing

One of the companies involved in this world is OpenX, the world’s leading independent provider of digital ad technology, enables businesses to maximize their revenue by combining ad serving technology with one of the top ad exchanges. Major publishers like Groupon, Excite Japan, and France Telecom/Orange have selected OpenX to power their advertising businesses. OpenX ad serving products are used by 200,000 websites in 100 countries and serve over 350 billion ads monthly. OpenX Market reaches over 400 million monthly unique users globally.

Look for more information on OpenX and other superior companies to help you move into the world of digital marketing.

By Nolan Apostle & Danny Hewlett
Contributing Editor/Producer
Photographer/Reporter
Event City Premier Magazine
Events & Creative Industry Blogazines

OH DAMN HERE COMES NAMM

After a glistening birds eye view of the Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas, our crew hobbled over to beautiful and sunny Anaheim California to take in the NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchandise). Opening up tomorrow, January 13th, 2011, this year’s NAMM promises many more markets to attend this growing show, and a unique and eclectic collection of music industry related products.

Many of you have asked us what is NAMM, and over the last couple of months I’ve given you the cut and dry version – which is pretty much a bunch of people selling music merchandise.  But in reality, the NAMM Show, is a lot more than just that. NAMM is the largest, most important music products showcased in the world (see the NAMM Show Directory), drawing people from more than 100 countries. They come here to check out the latest musical products, meet business associates, work on strategic alliances and pretty much, cut deals! And this year NAMM invited even more diverse markets to attend the show, creating more support for music making and the industry as a whole.

NAMM has been in existence for more than a century! Yes, in fact this is its 110th year anniversary. Founded in 1901, NAMM has been the engine driving the music products industry, enabling both large and small businesses to maximize productivity and reduce the costs of doing business. With more than 9,000 Members in the United States and 100+ other countries, NAMM is ultimately dedicated to expanding the market and giving people of all ages the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of making music. For those of you wanting more information about NAMM you can reach them at the information below.

NAMM Headquarters
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 438-8001
info@namm.org

Of course, keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground for more astounding news and products in the coming weeks on the Event City different Blogs and Magazines.

Nolan Apostle
Editor in Chief/Producer
Event City Creative Magazine

MPI Hosts Event & Meeting Planners Conference-Tradeshow

By Event City Creative Magazines
Nolan Apostle – Contributing Editor
Cheryl Boyd – Writer, Photographer
Danny Hewlett – Reporter, Photographer

MPINCC’s (Meeting Professional International Northern California Chapter) is hosting its Annual Conference & Expo as a full day event this Thursday, January 21st, 2010.  It will feature multiple workshops, a luncheon and expo plus a networking reception. Year after year the event grows and is highly respected by the attendees and exhibitors alike.

This is also a great opportunity to learn about the MPI organization and how important it is as a serious Planner or business person in these industries to become part of this Association.

The Event City Creative Magazine teams have covered this event for numerous years and have witnessed the growth and professional quality of production and creative endeavors. As we begin our live launch process we will cover more and more of these events and bring you a great deal of information specifically showcasing the features and benefits for those of your in these industries.

We look forward to seeing you at the show.  Below please find the list of Exhibitors currently listed who will be participating in this event.  If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event please visit the Sponsor and Exhibitor Links below.

Attendee Registration Info:
Click Here for attendee registration.

Hotel Info:
The W San Francisco, sponsoring hotel partner for the MPINCC 22nd Annual Conference & Expo, is pleased to offer a free libation in the bar with any reservation booked. Negotiated room rates are $169 single, $189 double. Cut-off date is Monday, January 18, 2010, 5:00 p.m. PST.

W San Francisco * 181 3rd Street * San Francisco, CA 94103. For online reservations use the following link: W Reservations.
Click here for map & directions.

Sponsorship Info:
Annual Conference & Expo Sponsorship Info: Click here for sponsorship info.

Exhibitor Registration Info:
For additional information and to register for booth space, Click Here.

 

Click here to see the live floorplan and who is exhibiting in 2010.

Exhibitor List for the 2010 Show
Anaheim & Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau * ARIA Resort & Casino * AT&T Park * Atlantis, Paradise Hotel * Barcelo Hotels & Resorts * Bardessono * Bellagio * Bently Reserve * C/O Paris Las Vegas * Canadian Tourism Commission * Carey San Francisco * Carmel Valley Ranch * Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa * Certain Software, Inc. * Cirque du Soleil * Crowne Plaza Concord * Destination DC * Destination Mexico * Disney Resort Destinations – Disneyland Resort * Elite Meetings International * Extranomical Adventures Inc. * Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, Posadas * Fontainebleau Resorts Miami Beach * Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts * Freedom Bakery & Confections * Freeman * Gateway Limousines * Gaylord Hotels * Grand America Hotel * Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau * Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau * Harrah’s Entertainment * Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau * Hilton Sonoma Wine Country * Hilton Worldwide * hinton+grusich * Holiday Inn Civic Center * Hotel Nikko * Hyatt Hotels & Resorts * Innovative Entertainment * Jakedog Productions * Joie de Vivre Hotels: Hotel Kabuki * Kimpton Hotels * KLS Resorts * LA Inc. The Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau * Loews Hotels * Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau * Madison Avenue Signs * Maggiano’s Little Italy * Mammoth Mountain Ski Area * Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino * Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group * Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau * Marriott International * MGM Grand Hotel * Millennium Hotels & Resorts * Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau * Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa * Mosaic Global Transportation * MPI Northern California Chapter * New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau * Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau * NYC & Company * Oceano Hotel & Spa Halfmoon Bay * Omni Hotels * Orange Photography * Palm Event Center/Casa Real * Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities CVA * Paradise Point Resort & Spa * Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau * Peppermill Resort Spa Casino * Plan Elements * Plan-It Interactive * Portola Hotel & Spa * Rock the Stars * RockResorts, Vail Collection * Renaissance Clubsport Hotel * Rosewood Hotels & Resorts * Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau * San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau * San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau * San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau * San Francisco Helicopters LLC * San Francisco Private Dining Venues * San Mateo County – Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau * Santa Clara Convention & Visitors Bureau * Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk * Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau * Seaport Hotel * Seascape Beach Resort * Silverado Resort * Simon Pearce Glass * Sonoma County Tourism Bureau * SupperShuttle International * Syncopate * The Carneros Inn * The Grand Del Mar * The Mirage * The Presidio Trust * The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company * ThinkREG Event Registration * Tuolume Visitors Bureau * Universal Orlando Resort * Vancouver Convention & Visitors Bureau * Visalia Convention & Visitors Bureau * Visit Berkeley, Convention & Visitors Bureau * Wynn Las Vegas * Yosemite Park Hotels & Tenaya Lodge