Purina ONE

Exhibit

Visitors to the Purina ONE booth at Maker Faire will have the opportunity to create and invent their own do-it-yourself (DIY) puzzle feeder projects to help enrich the feeding experiences of their cats; gather inspiration from the DIY wall u2013 a gallery of projects created from Purina ONE's cat community; and interact with a fun and shareable area at the booth. What you feed your cat is just as important as HOW you feed your cat. Cats are designed to hunt for their food, and while domestic cats have it much easier they still benefit from the stimulation that comes from the hunt. Incorporating a puzzle feeder in addition to a bowl encourages your cat to work for her food, stimulating her mind and body and helping her live her True Nature.


Tekserve

Exhibit

Tekserve has, for more than 25 years, delivered a broad range of strategic services, solutions, and products to support the technology needs of creative professionals, small- to medium-sized businesses, and top corporations. From Apple to HP, from Avid to Adobe and more, Tekserve helps companies create the best possible solution for their technology challenges. At its 23rd Street retail location in Manhattan, Tekserve stocks a wide variety of Mac configurations, hardware, and technology accessories, and offers rentals, workshops, and support to a loyal customer base. Tekserve has fostered a deep level of commitment to the NYC community since the company began in 1987.


NASA Centennial Challenges

Exhibit

Centennial Challenges is NASA's multi-million-dollar prize competition program that engages citizen inventors, academia and small businesses to solve problems that benefit NASA and the nation. Program Manager Sam Ortega will be speaking in a panel discussion — NASA: Challenging America To Invent — and the program will have an exhibit space throughout the event.


VEX Robotics, Inc.

Exhibit

VEX Robotics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Innovation First International, is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to middle schools, high schools, colleges and robotics teams around the world. The VEX Robotics Design System, winner of the 2006 Best of Innovations Award at CES, was built from the ground up and designed to be an affordable, accessible and scalable platform used to teach science, technology, engineering and math education worldwide. The VEXpro product line, designed for large scale competitive robots, gives robotics enthusiasts superior performance for less cost. The new VEX IQ platform, aimed at elementary and middle school students, is a tool-free robotics platform set to revolutionize STEM learning. The company has over 250 man years of experience supporting educational robotics programs and extensive engineering resources on two continents dedicated to the VEX Robotics platform.


EarthMake

Exhibit

EarthMake is a division of Earth Computer Technologies, Inc. a maker of industrial and embedded LCD products. EarthMake's vision is to introduce EarthLCD technology to the Maker Market through special products, application and special end of life deals on LCD displays and electronics to control them. The award winning ezLCD technology from EarthLCD, is the basis of the first EarthMake product. At the World Maker Fair in 2012 we introduce the arLCD (formerly ArduinoLCD) to the Maker marketplace. The arLCD combines the EarthLCD award wining ezLCD smart LCD technology with an Arduino UNO for only $89. We feel that the ability to integrate a color touchscreen GUI into a project will draw more people into the Maker and Arduino marketplaces. While the first product we hope to offer affordable LCD solutions of all kinds to the Maker marketplace.


NASA

Exhibit

NASA recently announced the Asteroid Grand Challenge to "find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them". Recognizing the power of traditional and innovative collaboration u2013 including the use of public private partnerships, citizen science, crowdsourcing, and incentive prizes, NASA will lead a dialogue addressing how to best use these methods to aid in solving this global problem, together. Come program Chipsats, learn more about the Grand Challenge, and help us brainstorm solutions. Join the conversation!




Tinkersphere

Exhibit

Stop by the Tinkersphere booth to get some robots, toys, hobby electronics, crafts, and tool kits to start tinkering at any age! Tinkersphere hopes to inspire, educate and empower tinkerers of all ages by providing a range of toys, crafts, robot kits, and hobby electronic kits for all skill levels. Tinkersphere is preparing little tinkerers for the digital age we live in while giving grown tinkerers a place to entertain their hobbies and gain new ones. Visit Tinkersphere at 304 East 5th Street (between 1st and 2nd Ave) in Manhattan or online at tinkersphere.com! Tinkersphere is proud to be a sponsor at this year's Makerfaire.




Life-Size Mousetrap

Exhibit

The Life Size Mousetrap is a fantastically hand crafted, 16 piece, 50,000-lb. interactive kinetic sculpture set atop a 6,500-square-foot game board. This giant Rube Goldberg style contraption comes complete with a Vaudevillian style show, original Musical score by the one woman band Esmerelda Strange, Sexy Mice can-can dancers, clown workers, acrobatic hi jinks, and other spectacular scenes dedicated to the pursuit of spectacle-laden fun!


A Revolution in the Making

Presenter

Traditional retail involves guesswork, forecasting, and often times a lot of wastage in inventory and shipping costs. Makers "going pro" are looking for a new approach to manufacturing that allows for 'made-to-order' merchandise and thus supports local manufacturing rather than the traditional 'pick, pack, and ship' model for e-commerce. Zazzle co-founder Jeff Beaver and partner Klaus Wegener, Co-Founder of Caseable, will share how Zazzle's platform is transforming the commerce experience for customers from a 'buy' model to a 'make' model.






Evolution of Shelter 2.0: Lessons from Haiti

Presenter

Shelter 2.0 is a digitally fabricated transitional shelter intended to serve disaster relief, homelessness, or other needs. In 2011, we installed 3 in Haiti. This talk describes the shelter, it's recent evolution, as well as the process of delivery.



The Industrial Age is Over: Welcome to the Maker Age

Presenter

To some, this looks like the end. But in reality it's only the beginning: we are shifting from a time-is-money economy of debt-based currency, corporations, and hourly wages, to a real-time "steady state" ecology of alt currencies, creating value through making, and direct p2p exchange. In short, what comes after the industrial age is not the "digital" age, but the Maker Age.