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9/14: littleBits Global Makeathon

New York, N.Y. and Worldwide
littleBits Global Makeathon
How can you make an icon of your city interactive? To bring its skyline to life? To portray what you love about your neighborhood? Or to make a 3D postcard of your favorite part of the city? The littleBits Global Makeathon is the world’s largest physical and virtual littleBits workshop. We are bringing together makers from around the world for one day to bring their own cities to life. Join us, with your Bits, your crafts, and your tools and Make Something that Does Something!

9/18: MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop

New York Hall of Science, Queens, N.Y.
hardware innovation workshop
Join MAKE magazine for a one-day workshop for maker pros! Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to network with fellow maker pros as you learn tips and hints, best practices, and avenues to successfully navigate the transition to maker pro. Co-hosts Dale Dougherty, Travis Good, and Haytham Elhawary join leaders at the forefront of the maker movement — early pioneers who paved the road for others to benefit from their experience, both successes and pitfalls. This event will take the best of the content, ideas, views, and visions from the Bay Area event, and consolidate it into the ultimate “toolbox for maker pros.” Topics and sessions will include:
  • Digital manufacturing: Getting to Scale
  • Prototyping and Fabrication
  • Partnering to Get it Made
  • Wisdom of the Crowd: Crowdsourcing
  • Getting Started: Maker Pro Case Studies
  • Manufacturing & The New World Order
  • Maker-to-Market: Incubators & Accelerators
Pitch Your Prototype: Plus, in the final session, entrepreneurs (who have submitted their concepts and have been selected as finalists) present their prototypes to the audience of their peers and experts, to convince them their ideas have merit and commercial viability. At the evening event, they will have the opportunity to display their projects and explain their business strategy to the assembled crowd.

9/18: Kickstarter Meetup to Celebrate Making

155 Rivington Street, New York, N.Y.
Kickstarter Meetup
From 7p.m. to 10p.m., we’re hosting a meetup to celebrate making and the upcoming Maker Faire. Join us as Kickstarter HQ for drinks, snacks, and conversation. We’d love to see you there!

9/19: 12th NY Hardware Start-Up Meetup

625 6th Avenue, Floor 3, New York, N.Y.
NY hardware startup meetup
Are you ready for what will probably be the most memorable hardware meetup event ever? Given that the Hardware Innovation Workshop is in town, we have a bunch of hardware superstars in town, and we’ve brought them in to our hardware meetup. We’ve teamed up with MakeItNYC to bring you this event, so we should be in great company. This month we’re graciously hosted by eBay NYC and their beautiful venue. So cancel what you had for that night and get down to this meetup, be ready to have your socks blown off, hardware style. Speakers include Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, Jeff McAlvay, James “Laen” Neal, and David Lang.

9/19: Education Day at World Maker Faire New York

New York Hall of Science, Queens, N.Y.
hardware innovation workshop
Over 750 students get a sneak peek tour of Maker Faire as it’s being set up for the weekend. Students meet and interact with selected makers, participate in maker activities, see maker performances, and get a glimpse of the setup process for this large-scale event over the course of a tour of the fairgrounds. We hope that through Maker Faire Education Day, students will:
  • Meet, interact, and converse with individual makers, who are sharing their unique passions
  • Become exposed to the wide breadth of art, science, engineering, history, and interdisciplinary subject areas that all involve making
  • Experience a live performance or demonstration
  • Engage in a hands-on project or activity
  • Work on a collaborative project or share experiences with other students, teachers, chaperones, makers, or members of the community
  • Become exposed to, and feel welcomed and supported in, the maker community
  • Be inspired with at least one new idea to try at home or in school
  • Be enticed to return on Saturday or Sunday!
All teachers can download our Class Pack (PDF) for free!

9/19: Educator Meet-Up and Arduino Workshops

New York Hall of Science, Queens, N.Y.
LittleBits Global Makeathon
From 4p.m. to 7p.m., you’re invited to spend the afternoon with fellow educators. We will have a number of hands-on activities and projects for you to try out, dive into, and take back into your classroom, tours of the grounds as they’re being set up for the Maker Faire, opportunities for mingling and idea-sharing, and conversations with Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media, and Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. We will also be offering two special hands-on Arduino workshops, led by a member of Arduino! The 2-hour workshops (one from 3:30p.m.–5:30p.m. and another from 6p.m.–8p.m.) will be an Arduino introduction for educators, focused on how to install Arduino on laptops, how to write Arduino programs, and how to connect various sensors and actuators (LEDs, motors, speakers) to Arduino. We will also discuss how Arduino can be used in the classroom to teach subjects closely related to Arduino (e.g. electronics, programming, physical computing, and interactive design) as well as to augment a range of science, technology, engineering, and math topics.

9/19: #3DThursday Pre-Maker Faire Happy Hour

Die Koelner Bierhalle, 84 St. Marks Place, Brooklyn, N.Y.
3D Thursday Pre-faire Happy Hour
From 7p.m. to 9p.m., after hardware gets innovated, before the Maker Faire comes together like a squadron of dueling marching band circuses, while your 3D printers are still crated and “working,” there shall be the #3DThursday Pre-Maker Faire Happy Hour! Hunt for Table 9 opposite the bar. We’ll spread from there like a 3DP (webviral) infestation. Wanna pitch in towards a round of drinks or snacks? Contact [email protected] to coordinate. Brought to you by the #3Dthursday evening chatting circle.

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Atmel is slated to host a public media/industry analyst panel on Friday, September 20th, on the maker community and education. Members of the panel include Atmel’s Reza Kazerounian, Co-founder of Arduino Massimo Banzi, Atmel maker and Hexbug guru Bob Martin, university engineer professor Annmarie Thomas, EDN’s Executive Editor Suzanne Deffree, 12-year old CEO and maker Quin (Qtechknow), and MAKE Books Senior Editor Brian Jepson. The panel will be moderated by Windell H. Oskay of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

Tune into our live Twitter feed of the panel starting at 11:30a.m. ET on September 20th under #Atmelmakes or visit our recently launched microsite for more details. Email [email protected] if you are interested in attending the panel.

9/20: Make a Makerspace Workshop

New York Hall of Science, Queens, N.Y.
littleBits Global Makeathon
Are you in the process of starting or growing a makerspace near you? Join Artisan’s Asylum and MAKE for an intensive one-day workshop (9:00a.m.–5:00p.m.) whose goal is to lead you through the process of setting up, characterizing, and planning out the stages of developing your makerspace. Over the course of the day, we’ll discuss creating a business model, wading through permitting and insurance, building community around your space, and the particular challenges of incorporating education and/or business incubation into your mission. This won’t be a spectators event: be prepared to tell your story, ask questions, look at hard numbers, and make decisions about your space and the process you’ll use to set it up. You may even find collaborators from an area near you that you want to work with!

9/21: Bike Ride to World Maker Faire New York

Long Island City, Queens, N.Y.
Bike Ride
Join your fellow maker cyclists in a ride to the Faire! The group will depart Long Island City, Queens, at 10:15a.m., from the Dutch Kills Green at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge. Riders get free parking at the bike valet, plus a collector’s patch and entry into a raffle for prizes.

9/21: World Maker Faire New York

New York Hall of Science, Queens, N.Y.
littleBits Global Makeathon
Taking place from 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m., Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Our fourth annual World Maker Faire New York is set up to be the biggest and best yet, showcasing over 650 maker exhibits covering everything from 3D printing to art cars, chemistry, fabrication, gaming, kinetic art, music, robotics, sustainability, and much more.

9/22: World Maker Faire New York

New York Hall of Science, Queens, N.Y.
littleBits Global Makeathon
Taking place from 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m., Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Our fourth annual World Maker Faire New York is set up to be the biggest and best yet, showcasing over 650 maker exhibits covering everything from 3D printing to art cars, chemistry, fabrication, gaming, kinetic art, music, robotics, sustainability, and much more.

Do you know of an event that should be added to the Maker Week Calendar listings? Email us at [email protected]

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