Maker Week is packed—here’s a rundown of what’s happening!

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May 12 – 16

Visionary Heroes/San Mateo Innovation Week—Dale Dougherty, CEO of Make, will receive the award on behalf of Maker Faire from Tim Draper of Draper University.

Information: This year The EDGE honors Maker Faire.

Private Event

May 13 – 14

MakerCon 2014


Information: MakerCon is a conference by and for the leaders of the maker movement. The maker movement is providing new insights into local and global manufacturing, design, workforce development, education and creative culture. MakerCon will provide valuable, practical insights into the impact of the maker movement on science, business, and technology.

Tuesday, May 13: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Wednesday, May 14: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Location: Oracle Conference Center


May 14

Build & Inspire the
 Community You Envision as part of San Mateo Innovation Week

Information: Panel discussion featuring the Burning Man Project and Burning Man Community activators.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Joe’s Garage, 308 E. 6th Avenue, San Mateo

Free event; space is limited.


May 15

TechShop Open House

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Tech Shop, 926 Howard St, San Francisco

Open Event—Space is limited


Smart Design Book Signing: Leo, the Maker Prince with author, maker, and thought leader Carla Diana

Information: A family-friendly “maker” book signing, including fun activities for all ages.

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Smart Design, 640 Bryant Street, San Francisco

Invitation Only

Autodesk & Instructables Open House

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9 / Embarcadero, San Francisco

Open Event – Space is limited; RSVP required


Kickstarter Maker Meetup

Information: Join Kickstarter staff and fellow creators at this Maker Meetup for drinks, snacks, and conversation to celebrate the Kickstarter maker community.

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Oddjob, 1337 Mission Street, San Francisco

Open Event – Space is limited; RSVP required


Making Possibilities Workshop by Maker Education Initiative

Information: The Maker Education Initiative is delighted to host the first annual Making Possibilities Workshop for educators on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Intel’s Headquarters in Silicon Valley. This free, daylong workshop will bring together more than 100 carefully selected educators who want to implement making into their classrooms and youth serving organizations.

Location: Intel’s Headquarters, Silicon Valley, CA.

Invitation Only

How to Make a Makerspace Workshop

Information: The popular one-day workshop presented by Artisan’s Asylum and MAKE will return to the San Mateo Event Center the week of Maker Faire. Over the course of the day business models, permitting and insurance, community building, and the particular challenges of incorporating education and/or business incubation into the mission of a makerspace will be discussed. This won’t be a spectators’ event: attendees should be prepared to share their story, ask questions, look at numbers, and make decisions.

For those interested in launching a makerspace; space is limited

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Maker Faire – Meeting Pavilion at the San Mateo Event Center


Teacher Meetup, including Arduino Workshop

Information: For any educators interested in learning more about how to integrate making into their classrooms, schools, or communities.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: San Mateo Event Center

Open to all local teachers; sign up for Maker Faire Educator Newsletter for more information


May 16

Maker Faire Producers’ Program

Information: A workshop for current and prospective participants in the Mini Maker Faire Licensing Program. Workshop will include opportunities to meet with Make: magazine and Maker Faire staff, mingle with fellow producers, and dive a little deeper into topics related to producing a Mini Maker Faire.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Maker Faire – Meeting Pavilion at the San Mateo Event Center



Maker Connections: Behind-the-Scenes Virtual Field Trip

Information: Join the team for the last two of this season’s Maker Connections, a series of live video sessions connecting classrooms with inspirational Makers leading up to Maker Faire Bay Area 2014.

10:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location & Registration:

For teachers and students

Pitch Your Prototype:

Information: Seven makers selected from a field of over 20 submissions present their exciting ideas for innovative products, devices, or solutions. Make: contributing editor Matt Richardson and Make: MakerPro Newsletter editor DC Denison co-host the event. Join the fun and see if you agree with the judges when they select the winner and recipient of a $5,000 cash prize.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Maker Faire – Meeting Pavilion at the San Mateo Event Center

Invitation Only – For registered Maker Faire Makers

May 17-18

Maker Faire Bay Area 2014

Maker Faire Bay Area 2014: The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth!

Saturday, May 17: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 18: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: San Mateo Event Center

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