Wow! What an inspiring day. Thank you Makers of the East Bay Mini Maker Faire! Your creativity and curiosity is profound, fun, and thoroughly entertaining.
As an organizing group (almost entirely made of parent volunteers of Park Day School), we really feel like we hit our stride this year. Logistics, permits, equipment, volunteer organization… It all came together to enable us to share this day with 170+ makers and 5000+ attendees.
So many people and organizations make this event happen that it’s hard to single out thanks. At the risk of making an omission, we pay tribute to:
- Makers. You are it. There wouldn’t be anything to talk about if you didn’t make.
- Park Day School staff, parents, teachers and community. This is an entirely volunteer-run event, and hands-down you all worked unbelievably hard to make it happen and run so smoothly. Thank you for being so game, for spending all of your time and energy, and for sharing Park’s incredible campus as a venue.
- Studio One Arts Center for joining up with us and for activating their front yard, ceramics, glass and jewlery studios.
- MAKE Magazine and O’Reilly Media for having the vision to share (and license) Maker Faire to community organizations. Read MAKE Magazine. Maker Shed for bringing kits and cool stuff to the faire.
- The MAKE interns and Lighthouse Community Charter School students Javier Gonzalez, Oscar Martinez and
Juan Carlos Montes for running our Learn to Solder booth.
- Several Individuals from outside the school community supported the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in a big way. Katy Bell for stage managing the Music Stage. Scheffer Ely for helping with set-up. Tricia McGillis for web design.
- And thanks again to our sponsors (see right). Special props to Ranahan Production Services for all the production gear, and Aidells Sausages and ACME bread for making the maker lunch happen.
We’ll be sending out surveys to makers and attendees in the next few days—we’d like to hear your feedback so that 2013 can be even more fabulous. And we’d love to see your photos and videos (please tag with #ebmakerfaire); post them via Twitter and Facebook.
Phew. Smile. See you next year!