HOW-TO VIDEO #23: Bay Area Maker Faire 2012

Experience the Bay Area Maker Faire from the perspective of a presenter. Veteran Makers talk about their projects, and give advice on preparing for your first Maker Faire. We also take you inside the ‘exclusive’ maker-only pre and post parties. You’ve never seen a Maker Faire video like this.

Don’t miss last week’s video with our tips on preparing for Maker Faire. See our conferences wiki for information on accommodations, transportation, communication, and more at many popular hardware hacker locations.

Open source superstars in this video:

A list of the Maker Faire must-haves mentioned in the video is below the break. What are your tips?

We knew we wanted to make a video at this year’s premier Maker Faire, but we didn’t want just another walk-through. Our goal is to help you prepare for your first Maker Faire. We asked experienced open source superstars for their tips at the makers-only parties. We also flipped the whole thing upside down, and interviewed participants who came to us at our booth. Not all the interviews fit in this video, unseen and extended project interviews will go up tomorrow.

Things to bring:

  • Businesses cards
  • A friend to cover your booth
  • Power strips
  • Favorite tools, tool kit
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sun screen
  • Comfortable shoes

Join the Conversation


  1. OK, here it comes:
    – Bunny dancing, it is hilarious!
    – Jeff and Jeri are working at Valve. Maybe I should apply for a job there too. Was cool before, now cooler with some hardware hackers!
    – Hey, I have a Chronos too. Mostly use it during presentations, huge geek credit when you control your slideshow with your watch :)

    And yeah, finally: I am jealous!! Huge, like I-wanna-kill-you jealous! :D

    PS: Looking forward to Tokyo Maker Faire. :D

  2. The food at Harry’s Hofbrau…let’s just say “Hofbrau” is the noise you’ll want to make later on. It has the same variety of flavor as a Mexican restaurant, except that the flavor in this case isn’t tasty. I keep trying to convince Jeri to go directly across the street to El Torito, which does have pretty tasty food and is as big if not bigger than Harry’s. Anyway…awesome wrapup of Maker Faire, hope to see you in New York :)

    1. Nice to see you, let’s organize an activity in New York. Last year we tried to find something to food-crawl, but didn’t find anything like the Mission.

      Glad I’m not the only one who’s not a fan of the Hofbrau food :) Even the brew-pub chain closer to the conference hotel scores a bit higher. Fantastic party though.

      1. The only place I’ve liked near the Maker Sheraton has been Lucia Pizza about a block away, just a tiny little place to buy a slice. Good stuff but not for crowds. There was an awesome impromptu wrap party in the downstairs dining area after NYC 2011, eat first though. On the days before, every night we usually hop the 7 train downtown, pop up in Times Square and look around a little, whip out Yelp and look for some good ideas and then either cab or train the rest of the way. Very amusing to us west-coast-midwest-transplants who never get to use mass transit.

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