Maker Faire, 2007
Wow. That was an amazing experience. I was worried that O'Reilly might
be setting themselves up for disappointment-- predicting twice the attendance
of last year (which was twice the 10,000 expected). I haven't heard
the tally yet, but I'm pretty sure this year's faire disappointed no
This year, I had a 10'x20' space, near the middle of the largest building
(Expo Hall). Here we see the space Saturday morning, before opening.
I rented a small U-Haul trailer to bring all my stuff down (~1.5 hr.
drive), and crammed pretty much everything possible into it. The goal
was to show both the educational and art side of my work.
There were seven "stations" (clockwise, from above):
Sisyphus I. It's back in the corner. My family really stepped up. Casey
is "totally stoked" to be doing last minute signage.
Animanemone is next. This was very popular-- I loved listening to all
the theories about how it was interacting. Kids and adults seemed equally
The ovagraph is next. I decided to try ostrich eggs for the first time.
Figured it would never work (either I'd screw up, or the crowd would
mess with it). Amazingly-- I successfully completed three eggs, drawing
time ~6 hrs. each.
Then comes "Etch:"
(interview with a local cable station)
Then the two Eggbot stations. Thankfully, both my kids came through
and brought friends to staff these:
People really got into them:
(yes, I've thought about the current rating)
Including Make's editor-in-chief, Mark Fraunfelder.
Last, around the corner, was the K'Nex plotter, drawing Einstein:
Some other highlights--
Got out for a few minutes:
The Disgusting Spectacle,
and the life size mouse-trap.
Got interviewed by KQED,
and Jimmy Kimmel.
Gave a talk, on the main stage.
Not quite the crowd the Woz had, but, not bad.
Demo'd my old Ribbon Dancer prototype on stage: 5M
An amazing experience, indeed. I owe a lot to my kids. But I reeally
owe my wife, Bev,
who rolled up her sleeves and dove straight in. What a trooper!