The Maker Faire

by Daniel H. Steinberg

Thousands of makers met up at the San Mateo Fairgrounds on April 22 and 23 for the first-ever Maker Faire. We talk to Make magazine publisher Dale Dougherty about the Faire and hear from some of the attendees and exhibitors that made this event so successful. (DTF 05-01-2006: 19 minutes 55 seconds)

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Distributing the Future May 1, 2006: "The Maker Faire."

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1:22 The Best of Bre

Bre Pettis has been filing video from the Maker Faire. We pulled the audio from three of his submissions and mixed it together for you. You can see his video podcasts on the Make site. Thanks to Phil Torrone for letting us use these here. (2:18)

3:40 Talking to Tony

Tony Stubblebine, director of engineering at Odeo, asked many of the makers, "Who are you and what do you do?" In these excerpts, he talks to Jon Davi of about converting a Prius; to Todd and Veronica Harrison of about heating your pool the way a redneck might; and to Dorrian Porter, CEO of Mozes, about mobile bookmarking. You can find podcasts or make and publish your own podcasts at (5:30)

9:10 Making the Maker Faire

Make--the magazine and the larger concept--is the brainchild of Dale Dougherty. Dale talked to us over the phone about where the idea for the Maker Faire came from, how he thought the weekend went, and what's next. He explains that in a way, without consciously meaning to, the Maker Faire is a bit of a new take on the county fair. Instead of showing off crops and livestock, people at the Maker Faire showed off other types of creative projects they've been involved in over the past months or years. (9:55)

Total running time: 19:55

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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