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.

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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.

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

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.

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

New Wirlball Model Debuts at Film Industry Event

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What a great event! Event City is very happy to have been invited to this exclusive industry party. We will certainly be back next year!!  PICTURES TO COME SOON!

Event City Network to Offer WIRLBALL – Lighted Caps and SOFTWARE

Event City Products and the Marketplace Channel, Event City Emporium, which is currently in Alpha Test at their COOL PRODUCTS Site will feature the Wirlball and the Electro Caps as new products being introduced in the USA.

You can now sign up for the Company’s Beta Test at their main site – EVENT CITY.NET which will commence soon, or even contact them directly via their New WEB PHONE featured on their Creative Magazine.

“We hope to offer many different solutions for our Members, to help them learn more about technology, and to allow them to become more efficient and successful in their everyday business affairs”, exclaims Nolan Apostle, Founder & CEO of the Event City Network.

The company will commence their Beta launch in the Summer of 2008 and besides launching their Website Portal for the Events & Creative Industries, they also expect to offer a strong Software product for businesses who are serious about Planning Parties, Events, Meetings, Conferences, even Special Functions to Major Shows.

The company’s software will work partially as a back-end for the Event City Network, it will also be a powerful tool for planners who do everything from small events, meetings, or private parties all the way up the ladder to major Tradeshow Producers, Concert Promoters, Special Event Planners, even Festival Managers and Movie Industry Personnel. The initial software offer will most likely be a licensing deal which Event City Members can purchase with certain features and benefits depending on their objectives. Members will also receive a discount on purchase of the software product.

“We look forward to launching new products for our Members, it is exciting to be able to introduce them to new and unique merchandise they will use for their projects and to create a better overall ROI”, says Jeff Patino, Product Manager of the Halloween and Special Effects division. The company will also announce very soon some Strategic Alliances, special deals and promotions that are in the works.