Maker communities abound online, but local meet ups offer ample opportunity to collaborate in-person. While there are loads of Maker Faire events around the world, Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 promises a bevy of awesome events, panels, and workshops and more. Bay Area Maker Faire hits the San Mateo County Event Center Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19.
What is Maker Faire Bay Area 2019?Bay Area Maker Faire 2019 features over 500 exhibits and eight stages. It's a conglomeration of makers from all walks of life. While many associate the maker space with do-it-yourself tech, there's a mix of arts and crafts, science, art, engineering, and more. Likewise, content varies topically with performances, workshops and how-tos, and panels for high-level overviews with a conceptual slant, to in-depth workshops for a hyper-specific focus.
Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 details:
What: Maker Faire Bay Area 2019
Where: San Mateo County Event Center
When: May 17-19 Friday 1pm—5pm, Saturday 10am—7pm, Sunday 10am—6pm
Full schedule here
Bay Area Maker Faire 2019 Panels, Workshops, and MoreThe slew of content at the forthcoming Bay Area Maker Faire is vast, bordering on overwhelming. On the workshops side, you'll find hands-on experience with building and coding robot cars, tutorials on how to create solar whirlygigs, handcrafting soft circuits, and a smattering of other technical classes. You can learn to solder, use breadboards, and about rocket launching. Panels cover general topics, such as a fireside chat with Jules Pieri of The Grommet on how we make stuff, and taking care of your eyes in a digital age. Further, there's an environmental track with an emphasis on climate protection, such as a discussion of sustainable energy. A talk dubbed "Environmentalists and makers: a call to action," promises much in the way of learning.
Buzzing topics such as drones, VR, and RC cars benefit from tons of coverage too. However, the maker community isn't merely relegated to tech. As such, you'll find all sorts of DIYing around the 2019 Bay Area Maker Faire. Kendal Sager weighs in on backyard beekeeping, and Christine Knobel gets creative with kombucha in "Kombucha: From your kitchen to your cosplay and clothing." I highly recommend hitting up this panel, as a regular booch maker myself. Moreover, Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 hosts several arts and crafts events such as a cosplay contest, knitting and crocheting, plus gemstone polishing. Many arts and crafts ventures, especially cosplay, intersect beautifully with the DIY tech space. A few of our awesome community members, including Amie Double D (Amie DD) dabble in cosplay, like Amie's rad Princess Hilda Zelda staff.
New Tech and Thought LeadershipAs is to be expected, new tech proves central to Maker Faire San Francisco content. Expect talks on the future of 3D printing, the state of Arduino, cloud solutions such as Quick Base, and of course the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be in attendance, and Beatbox Instruments teaches makers how to make beats. Renowned maker Helen Leigh provides insight into music tech hacking. Estefannie from Estefannie Explains it All will be at 2019 Bay Area Maker Faire.
If you're in the area, or even if you aren't, Bay Area Maker Faire 2019 offers tons of neat learning for makers of all varieties and skill levels. Whether you're more into chainmail and crocheting, or maker boards and microcontrollers, there's sure to be a panel or workshop for you. Electromaker will be onsite covering Maker Faire Bay Area 2019, so follow us @electromakerIO on Twitter, @electromaker_IO on Instagram, and Electromaker.io on Facebook. You can also follow Senior Editor Moe Long on Twitter and Instagram for live coverage.