World Maker Faire New York 2013

World Maker Faire New York announces that over 650 makers, presenters, and performers will be exhibiting their DIY ingenuity, creativity, and inventions at the event on September 21 and 22 at the New York Hall of Sciences in Queens. The exhibits will be prime examples of how the maker movement is rocketing to the forefront of mainstream America. From 3D printing, DIY drones, and electric vehicle projects to sustainability, fixing, and up-cycling to fine arts, crafting, and food making, and anything in between, Faire goers will marvel at what makers are achieving in each field. All makers and performers can be found here.

Some maker highlights for World Maker Faire New York 2013 event are:

  • BioBus: Leading the charge on science education for social change, the BioBus is a high-tech science lab on wheels. Boasting an array of advanced scientific equipment and a professional scientist aboard, the BioBus reaches over 20,000 students a year, visiting public schools across NYC and the country.

  • Anyone Can Make a Robot!: Make your own robot -- it's easy! Using a remote controlled car base, a kitchen size trash bin, a lettuce container, dryer tube, and a couple of LED lights for eyes you, too, can have a robot companion.

  • Moving Made Easy - A Wheelchair Transfer Mechanism: Tinkerer and young maker (he's 12 years old!), Daniel Anand, created a screw-based, motorized wheelchair transfer device using a reclaimed ATV motor and a battery pack that allows users to get in and out of wheelchairs by themselves.

  • KARTS for Vets (Kinect and Arduino Rehab System): Budding engineer, young maker, and 14 year old brother of Daniel Anand, Joseph Anand has developed KARTS for Vets, a Microsoft Kinect and Arduino-based rehabilitation system to help injured veterans with their physical therapy (PT) requirements.

  • MapperBot: Dreamers, hackers, and engineers from Gotham Laboratories in NYC designed a quad coptor-based robot that will autonomously map the surface of a mock asteroid. This self-proclaimed "group of nerds" is passionate about how citizen science can revolutionize the aerospace industry. In April of 2013, they won the 2013 NASA Space Apps Challenge best hardware prize for this project.

  • Capturing Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History staff is bringing 3D-printed dinosaur bones to World Maker Faire to help young attendees construct dinosaur models, create their own Dino-dioramas, and learn more about dinosaur bones.

  • Make Anything - Furry Electric Zoo: The Furry Electric Zoo is a project that helps foster a new culture of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) through teaching people of all age and backgrounds how to make accessible, non-intimidating, and expressive technology projects. The Furry Electric Zoo kits use soft circuit projects to teach users basic electronic concepts such as circuit and switch as well as basic sewing skills while encouraging users to create fantastical creatures.

  • Kinetic Ontology - Sound Assemblages by Eric Farber: A forgotten flywheel is a giant music box; a Victorian sewing machine treadle plays a melody on Art Deco film reels, Eric Farber juxtaposes relics of old industry to build sonic and performative sculpture.

  • GrannyCam: Developed by Charles Hamilton, owner of HudsonWerks and NY-based maker, GrannyCam is a safe, durable, videophone for kids and their grandparents. Wireless, portable, one-touch, the device is designed to be friendly and simple for both seniors and their toddler grandchildren to video chat anytime.

  • The NeedleArts Zone: The National NeedleArts Association will be at World Maker Faire in force teaching Faire attendees to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, needlepoint and/or spin. All of the supplies in the NeedleArts Zone are donated and all instructors are volunteers. Come to learn one technique or stay all day -- it's free and all ages are welcome!

  • Build It Green!NYC: Build It Green!NYC will be back this year crafting with usable, second hand building materials, reclaimed from NYC construction projects. And for all those excess building materials not needed once the Faire is over, they'll take those, too, for future projects!

  • RockPaperRobot: RockPaperRobot is an engineering boutique specializing in the innovation and fabrication of kinetic furniture, lighting, and installation.

  • Tangeez: Tangeez are glowing, modular lights that change color as you stack them. As portable lights, an interactive building module, an educational toy or a physical pixel, Tangeez are a tangible way to play with light.

  • Sustainable Art: Austin-based artist, George Sabra, has been using reclaimed and discarded materials for 27 years to address environmental issues through temporary art installations. Coming to the Faire will be George's 14' high plastic storm funnel sculpture made from reclaimed plastic bottles, cups, jars, and caps which represent the massive "storm" of plastic waste humans generate as well as a 21' long plastic caps sculpture made from 25,000 of discarded and reclaimed plastic caps and lids.


Created by the editors of MAKE magazine, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in May 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in just four years and expects over 600 makers and 70,000 attendees this September. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, and Tokyo are the home of "featured" 2013 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

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