It’s Thursday and we’re still feeling residual magic from Sunday’s 6th annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Images and video and social media tell some of the story: there was an incredible range of compelling content; a million different individual experiences; and a fantastically warm, community vibe. (Check out our full – and growing – photo set on Flickr. NOTE: if you have great pix or video, PLEASE share with us via firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Our 2015 show was the largest yet, with 7,000 people attending and 199 exhibits / performances / talks & workshops—plus 23 food and drink vendors.
Perhaps the most important metric though, was the number of new makers at the show: 50% of the makers had never exhibited previously at East Bay Mini Maker Faire. That is an inspiring factor & indicator for a show in its 6th year, and points to the ongoing evolution and expansion of the Maker Movement in the East Bay.
We want to especially thank our many Makers for giving up their day (and days prior in preparation!) to share their work with all of us. A Maker Faire is nothing without them.
Also our Volunteers — the 150+ parents from, the event’s organizer, Park Day School, who either worked in advance or during the show to make it all “go.”
We also offer DEEP THANKS to our 2015 Sponsors:
Google, Blue Shield of CA, Trackers Bay Area, Sprout by HP, Kudo3D, UC Berkeley, ADT, PlayWell TEK, Seeed Studios, The Gate, City of Oakland, Brushstrokes, Camp510, East Bay Express, Parent’s Press, and LanSharks.
Finally, thank you Attendees! You appreciate and celebrate the lifelong learner, the curious ones, and we thank you for your vote of support for Making and creativity. We hope you had a blast & see you next year!
P.S. Besides our Flickr set, here is some other great media reminiscing:
Contra Costa Times: East Bay Mini Maker Faire Has Decidedly Circus Feel
El Disco Lyft’s little vid of our Dark Room: https://www.facebook.com/100004198872922/videos/555300767953214/