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Maker Faire NYC 2013

Maker Faire is NYCs version of CES meets Burning Man. Once a year in September it invades corona Queens for an entire weekend.

The Maker movement like the hacker movement is expanding. They are similar but the those in the maker movement play well with people and things and not just interface with computers as many software hackers do best.

Maker Faire is always too much but that is just the way it is. Perhaps one day we can clone ourselves and see it all. This is our best attempt to try and recap all which was going on. Best bet is for you to go yourself, Next year’s NYC Maker Fairs is XXXXX, check the Maker Faire websites as there are XXX Maker Faires worldwide.

The Maker Faire spirit continues dailty in NYC at places like eyebeam, dorkbot and numerous meetups.

Mark DeVinck from Lehigh Engineering School presented a short but important talk about creativity. How we are breeding creativity out of learning by how we speak to children. He maintains creativity cannot be taught but we can bring creativity back in our lives. EXAMPLE

We saw our friend Ben Heck from the Ben Heck show. Is he creative or what, creating his own job by building stuff and its at www.benheck.com Give it a watch.

My dream is that Maker Faires will bring back shop, chemistry, creativity and all those things which are missing from todays schools. Today students learn facts about old dead white men, the world is so much bigger, there is gym, there will always be gym, but the creativity the art, the design, the shop, all those things which help creativity are gone, Maker Faire brings them back. Perhaps Maker Faire can permutate the school systems offering students a more creative and better education. Students need teamwork from the brain not from upper and lower body strength as thats the future.

Making the Case for Making in Schools     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Why can’t school be more like a Maker Faire? The answer is: it can. Learn how to advocate for making in your school from the authors of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.”

Sylvia Martinez

Co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom; president of the non-profit Generation YES; maker; mom; electrical engineer

Gary Stager, Constructing Modern Knowledge

Veteran teacher-educator and speaker who has taught making in the classroom for more than 30 years.

Children Are Teaching Adults to Make Again     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Making is becoming a mainstream practice and maker spaces are now populating institutions like schools and libraries. As a result, kids are taking a break from their screens to get their hands dirty and create – something adults often neglect.

Ayah Bdeir

Founder and CEO, littleBits

Bigshot: The Digital Camera for Education     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Hear the story of Bigshot, a DIY digital camera kit, that was developed at Columbia University and is now a commercial product. Inventor Shree Nayar will review the motivation behind the camera, the design process and the online educational experience.

Shree K. Nayar

Founder, Kimera, LLC

Making Space: NASA’s Call to Action for Makers     WATCH ON-DEMAND

NASA’s grand challenge: find all asteroid threats to human population and know what to do about them. Unlike traditional missions, this grand challenge represents a new way of doing business for NASA and a call to action for Makers.

Mason Peck

Chief Technologist, NASA

Solving World Challenges Through Making – The Hard Truths     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Artist/designer/educator Benedetta Piantella will share an introduction to some of her past and current projects in Africa, as well as the lessons learned and hurdles met in building projects focused on solving humanitarian challenges worldwide.

Benedetta Piantella

Developer, Professor, Consultant


The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner     WATCH ON-DEMAND

World Maker Faire is the US debut of the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. Whether you’re an expert in 3D modeling or just getting started, CEO Bre Pettis will show how the MakerBot Digitizer helps you create clean, 3D-printable designs much faster than you could by hand.

Bre Pettis

Founder & CEO, MakerBot

John Maeda: The Art of Critical Making     WATCH ON-DEMAND

We are all hungry for authenticity in the expressions we encounter. Many of us hope to change the world-or another person’s perspective-with the things we make. This talk explores how RISD’s critical making helps bring us closer.

John Maeda

President, Rhode Island School of Design

The Future is What We Choose to Make     WATCH ON-DEMAND

People often ask about the future. What will it look like? Former DARPA Director, now SVP at Motorola Mobility, a Google company, Regina Dugan believes that we can’t predict the future… but we can choose to build it.

Regina Dugan

Senior Vice President, Motorola Mobility LLC

The State of Arduino     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Learn about the latest developments in Arduino open-source microcontroller from Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino Project.

Massimo Banzi

Co-founder of the Arduino project

Hacking the Un-Hackable: Making the World Interactive     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Living plants that control music, using human bodies to transmit sound, touch screens on water and 3D printed interactive eyes, virtual objects that you can feel with you hands in free air and many more things we invent at Disney Research.

Ivan Poupyrev

Principle Research Scientist, Disney Research Pittsburgh

The New York World’s Fairs: 75 Years of Making Tomorrow     WATCH ON-DEMAND

The NY World’s Fairs of 1939/1964 defined the future for 75 years. We’ll look back (with rare footage) and look forward to recognizing this anniversary as a celebration of maker cities, our maker future and a more sustainable world of tomorrow.

Peter Hirshberg

Chairman, re:imagine Group Pittsburgh

Raspberry Pi: Shiny New Toys!     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Eben will share some of the neat stuff they’ve seen people do with the Pi over the last six months, show a demo of their new hardware-accelerated desktop environment, and talk about what we’ve got coming up next – including their night-vision camera module, Pinoir.

Eben Upton

Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Low-Cost Neural Monitoring for Makers     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Bill Casebeer, a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, will discuss and demonstrate low-cost neural monitoring technologies that will allow makers and citizen-scientists to engage in serious neuroscience research.

William Casebeer

Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Making & Inspiring Science (Things Will Go Boom)     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Jimmy Kimmel Live’s resident science teacher, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder is on a mission to help make science come alive! His presentation would feature one or more of his experiments, gadgets and contraptions, and a Q&A with the audience.

Science Bob Pflugfelder

Resident Science Teacher, Jimmy Kimmel Live

Brain Hacking     WATCH ON-DEMAND

New understanding of the brain is launching us into the realm of sci-fi possibilities. We will talk about the brain’s wiring and ways in which it can be changed, either naturally through learning or artificially through cybernetic interfaces.

Lee von Kraus, PhD

Halo Neuroscience

Amol Sarva, PhD

Halo Neuroscience

David Pogue: Return of the Non-Scientist     WATCH ON-DEMAND

One year in the making. Six countries. 50 scientists. “Making Stuff 2,” David Pogue’s new NOVA series, debuts on Oct 15. NY Times columnist/NOVA host David Pogue offers a sneak preview–and some hilarious anecdotes, bloopers, and unreleased clips.

David Pogue

NY Times columnist/NOVA host

The Maker Movement Manifesto     WATCH ON-DEMAND

TechShop CEO Mark Hatch will read from his new book, “The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers.” Discussion to follow.

Mark Hatch

CEO, TechShop

When Makers Apply For College     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Learn how to talk about your Maker projects in the college admissions process from Engineer, Maker, and Assistant Director of Admissions at MIT Dr. Dawn Wendell.

Dr. Dawn Wendell


Experiment Your Way to a Better Life     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Crafting and making isn’t just for objects. You can also make/craft/invent a better personality, a stronger sense of ethics and new habits. I’ll talk about how my various experiments (Biblical Living, Extreme Health) changed me.

A.J. Jacobs

Author and experimenter

The New Literacies     WATCH ON-DEMAND

For years, paper and ink were only cheap and easy technologies that everyday people had to record our ideas, muse over them, and show them to others. But now we have a flurry of new modes to capture and share ideas: Video, photography, data, and 3D design and printing. What new types of expression and creativity are possible as we develop these “new literacies”? How do they change the way we think — and what we think about?

Clive Thompson

Contributing Editor, WIRED

Zero to Maker: Getting to Speed with the Maker Movement     WATCH ON-DEMAND

David Lang explains how he became a maker after losing his job, and how the experience helped him start OpenROV, a community and product line focused on undersea exploration. His book, Zero to Maker, is a guide for others who want to get involved.

David Lang

Co-Founder, OpenROV

Break: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT

Six Amazing Things about Making     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Mitch Resnick, co-inventor of Scratch, and David Gauntlett, author of ‘Making is Connecting’, each discuss three objects which show the power of making. They show that making is learning, fosters happiness, and is true social participation.

David Gauntlett

Professor, School of Media, Art and Design

University of Westminster, London, UK

Mitch Resnick

LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab

MakerNurse: The Stealth Ingenuity of Inventive Nurses     WATCH ON-DEMAND

How are DIY Medical Technologies accelerating the stealth ingenuity of nurses? Lori Melichar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Jose Gomez-Marquez of Little Devices at MIT will discuss the impact of inventive fabrication in health by nurses.

Jose Gomez-Marquez

Director of the Little Devices lab, MIT

Lori Melichar

Senior Economist, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Industrial Age is Over: Welcome to the Maker Age     WATCH ON-DEMAND

What comes after the Industrial Age? Not the digital age, but the Maker Age. The author of Present Shock shows us how to embrace the real-time landscape ahead.

Douglas Rushkoff

Author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

4:00 pm EDT

Making with Google Glass     WATCH ON-DEMAND

How can Google’s wearable computer be used as a tool for makers and what can you make with it?

Matt Richardson

Contributing Editor, MAKE magazine

Age of Context: The Future of Consumer Electronics     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Robert Scoble believes we are entering a new era: the age of context. It’s a freaky, contextual world he envisions in his keynote talk at NEXT Berlin 2013. Don’t be fooled by the hype: It’s way more than just Google Glasses.

Robert Scoble

Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace

The Rise of the Design Lab     WATCH ON-DEMAND

Carla Diana discusses the triumphs and challenges of building the Smart Interaction Lab at Smart Design. The lab promotes future-specting, open-ended exploration, builds community, and gives the outside world a glimpse of what makes the company tick.

Carla Diana

Smart Fellow, Smart Design


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