Bay Area Maker Faire: Hackaday has arrived!

It’s a madhouse already at the 2011 Bay Area Maker Faire. Though the show doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, Friday is “Education Day”, a special preview for local schools. As makers scramble to set up their displays, a thousand impressionable young minds seek the most cacophonous mixture of taiko drumming, ArcAttack’s musical Tesla coils, and the beeping and booping of the R2-D2 Builder’s Club.

Maker Faire is returning for its sixth year at the San Mateo Event Center, and is shaping up to be bigger and zanier than ever. We’ll do our best to provide some live updates through the weekend. As always, check out the official site for pointers on hours, admission, parking and especially public transit options.

(Photo: Colossus, the death-defying centerpiece of the Midway area of the Faire.)


  1. dm says:

    Anybody have a fast travel method for getting from the east coast to the west? Must say please get video.

  2. Harvey Moon says:

    I will be showing two Drawing Machines at the Faire. Hackaday crew, come find me!

  3. Roberto says:

    Tampa? Hudson? Seattle? Guantanamo? Chesapeake? Prudhoe? Green? Massachussetts? San Pablo?
    Why must we assume/guess?

  4. TheCreator says:


    i heard adafruit has a build your own teleporter kit on sale for just this occasion. ;-)

    watch out though, it has a sticker on it that reads “arduino inside”

  5. monster says:

    does HaD have a table or something at the maker faire? love to get some HaD swag

  6. buzzkill says:

    W00H00! Will be there at gate opening in the AM. Where will HAD be?

  7. Jeremy C says:

    I may go to the thing in Raleigh, NC on June 18th, will HAD be represented there?

    Here’s the link if anyone is interested:

  8. blackspyder says:

    Awesome! Come by the hackerspace area and say hi to Ace Monster Toys and Noisebridge while you’re in town =]

  9. Phil Burgess says:

    @monster, @buzzkill: no swag table or anything, sorry…we’ll be running around looking for cool projects and stuff, not really hanging in one spot.

  10. macegr says:

    Finally sitting down after a really busy day setting up at Maker Faire. If you’re there, just look for Sparkfun and then find the two black tents with lots of LEDs in the ceiling. If you know Processing, I might even let you try some live coding on the array…

  11. Jakob says:

    That was huge…

  12. buzzkill says:

    Pack the truck, pack the kids, we’re heading to Makerland!

    I wanna see the RC ships, eepy birds, battle bots, maker shed, sparkfun, steam powered snow cone maker, and, and, and …

  13. Dr bob bob says:

    If the west coast is too far you could come to the Kansas city Makerfaire. It is June 24-26th. I don’t know what all will be there but it will be cool.

  14. buzzkill says:

    Spent the entire day. Still only saw about 1/2. It was awesome. I really liked seeing more kid friendly exhibits, and kid makers. My kids had a blast and so did I.

  15. This was my first Maker Faire and boy was I overwhelmed! I’d love to go to next month’s in Detroit cuz I hear it’s a growing center of DIY hoembrew let’s rebuild this place spirit.

    I found the lock picking sessions a riot to watch:

  16. Erik Johnson says:

    This was my first time showcasing and it was BUSY! Totally doing this again next year.

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