Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 Speaker Highlights

Part playground, part science fair, part welding shop, part county fair, and 100% unique, Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 provides something for every member of the family. More than just exploding Mentos and caroming robots, Maker Faire's speaker slate brings together some of the finest minds in early adoption and innovation. From such well-known thinkers as MAKE Magazine founder Dale Dougherty to Mythbuster's Adam Savage to Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe to lesser known folks who deserve a greater spotlight, the two-day speaker series at the Fiesta Hall, Center, and Innovation stages are not to be missed.

Highlights from the Fiesta Stage include:

* Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, discusses innovation and making within education. (Saturday, 2 pm)
* Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, discusses the ups and downs of septic tank cleaning, rattlesnake removal, and other everyday jobs for everyday people. (Sunday, 11am)
* Adam Savage, cohost of Mythbusters, talks about the science behind debunking popular misconceptions. (Sunday, noon)

Highlights from the Center Stage include:

* Google's Self-Driving Car It's true! Google has engineered a fleet of self-driving Priuses that have so far logged 150,000 miles around California city streets and freeway lanes -- with no person at the steering wheel. Stanford professor and Google engineer Sebastian Thrun explains this true-life sci-fi project. (Saturday, noon)
* The State of Arduino Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi discusses the microcontrollers that have taken the hacker world by storm. (Saturday, 12:30 pm)
* Doing It Ourselves Scientist, inventor, lecturer, and New York Times bestselling author David Brin explores a future world where makers are much in demand. (Saturday, 2:30 pm)
* It's Good to Be a Klutz Klutz Press president Matt Brown offers a glimpse into the world of designing children's toys and learning products. (Saturday, 3:30 pm)
* The Making of 'Modernist Cuisine' Chef Maxime Bilet and photographer Ryan Matthew Smith, collaborators on Nathan Myhrvold's $600, 2,000-plus-page cookbook of the same name, discuss the challenges of making this unique book. How did they cut that barbecue in half? (Sunday, 3:30 pm)
* Dale Dougherty MAKE Magazine founder discusses the Maker movement and the importance of community-based learning, that which takes place outside of the classroom. (Sunday, 5 pm)

Highlights from the Innovation Stage include:

* How to Build a Mountain The Flux Foundation has become expert at taking an ethereal idea to a monumental interactive sculpture by using a highly evolved collaborative platform for creating large-scale art. (Saturday, 5 pm)
* Young Makers A collaboration between Pixar, the Exploratorium, and Maker Faire, the Young Makers program encourages young people to become makers and develop projects they can bring to Maker Faire. (Saturday, 6 pm)
* Creativity with Zero Coke and Mentos Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of EepyBird discuss fostering creativity in schools and in our culture. EepyBird's famous geysers of mint-powered soda were named "Best of 2006" by People magazine. (Sunday, 2 pm)
* The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge Award Over the last few months, 28 hackerspaces from around the globe have engaged in a friendly competition to create, hack, and/or modify something that will have a positive impact on education. The only regulations were that each team use a microcontroller and a portable power supply. (Sunday, 5 pm)


Phil McKinney
Wouldn't it be cool if you could create an app that helps you ace your next test or make that perfect stock buy? Dreaming up and then creating the next great app may be simpler than you think. In his session, Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of HP's Personal Systems Group and contributing columnist at Forbes, will share how the barrier to creating killer apps is coming down, and reveal his "wish list" of apps that he hopes will be an inspiration to the DIY community. McKinney is responsible for long-range strategic planning and research and development (R&D) for all of the HP's PC product lines, including displays, mobile devices, notebooks, desktops and workstations.

Kevin Yapp
"Each Maker Faire event unites the best of the science, engineering, and DIY communities, bringing together a range of people who have helped in the progression of the 'Maker Movement,'" says Kevin Yapp, chief marketing officer of element14. "element14's involvement and support of this year's Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 parallels its ongoing commitment to enable electronics enthusiasts to share the insight and knowledge that helps inspire the innovative gadgets and technologies created by makers and hackers in garages, basements, and communities across the nation." element14 aims to engage, interact, and collaborate with fellow makers through a variety of DIY activities, informative events, and in-booth demos at Maker Faire, including an exclusive 3D printer project from modding sensation Benjamin Heckendorn; a speaking panel covering the future of education with electronics heavyweights Jeri Ellsworth and Mitch Altman; and the culmination of a two-month long "Great Global Hackerspace Challenge" focused on advancing education.

A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $5-$25; ages 3 and under are free.

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 sponsors include: ASUS, Autodesk, CLIF Kid, Chevy, Digikey, element14, Epilog Laser, Esurance, GE, GeekDad, GOOGLE, HP, Etsy, Microchip, Seded Studio, ShopBot Tools, Sparkfun Electronics, and Techshop.

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