Went to the Bay Area Maker Faire — attendance estimated at 125,000 for the weekend, clear 95°+F weather, ridiculous sardine-can crowd conditions, meh-to-magnificent-to-magical — total geek-out heaven — a rare venue that unites the universe of creative makery and Burner mockery — where a guy in kilt and goggles and a girl in strings of bottle caps and LED lights feel right at home... even celebrated.
Rube Goldberg is alive and well next to the next Einsteins, Jobs and Musks. In short, I can't wait for 'til next year!
Maker Faire is a creative, cacophonic, enthusiastic explosion (often literally) to entertain, explore, astound, delight and wonder at. Involvement and immersion in the "maker experience" is an important part of what makes The Faire work.
I highly recommend Maker Faires, wherever you are with over 120 featured and mini Maker Faires all over the USA and including Tokyo, Rome, Detroit, Oslo and Shenzhen!
Inventors can gain ideas, inspiration, knowledge, instruction, mentors and collaborators at Maker Faires, as well as the myriad of maker spaces that are popping up all over the place.