Well Well Well!!! Maker Faire rocked on for a Sunday too! Some people were in the Bay to Breakers, others preferred to come check out the coolest technology and the nicest -smartest people on Earth…for Linino Woman – there is NO contest!
I’m at Maker Faire because becoming a Maker has changed my life, though I’ve always been “crafty” “creative” and “eccentric” now I know the far better title, I AM A MAKER!!!! I love the friendships, the laughter, the wonder, the cool stuff that I heard about but didn’t see myself, all of it. The absolute best was when I would ask a guest, “Have you worked with microcontrollers before?” and they said “No!” Then I got to be the first person to welcome them in and give them, what I believe to be, a very simple and fun way to express the basics, while still letting them know that they can use a Linino module and learn with WiFi from the start.
Here are a few more highlights and pictures of Maker Faire Day 2.
The only logical place to start is that I got to meet Sander Arts, Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Atmel. That’s right! All these microcontrollers use Atmel chips, so really ALL the praise should go to them!! Sander has been absolutely fun communicating about me on Twitter and through my connection with The Tech Museum of Innovation, I first heard about him at The Tech Challenge in April, I actually thanked him several times throughout the event as one of our visiting guest celebrity judges. In that short list of names, I wanted to meet all the celebrity judges, but most of all Sander Arts. Then through Prinda from The Tech and Sander’s Retweet, #Arduweenie was born!! Well, I made Arduweenie in July of 2013 as one of my first microcontroller projects, but I never thought to Tweet about him. Arduweenie travels with me to all conferences, expos, and faires.
All to say that Sander Arts and his team are very passionate, fun people and even in just our brief encounter, I could tell how sincere and enthusiastic they are too. Go Atmel! Let this be the beginning of a beautiful relationship!
More Fun, my new buddy Sylvie Barak was also attending and now this is our 3rd conference/expo/faire! First we met at ECEDHA in Napa, very exclusive intimate conference, then she invited me to Internet of Things Expo and Conference in SF – and we all know how that turned out [read previous posts on my blog!!] and then I turn a corner and of course I knew I’d eventually find her, but there she was at Maker Faire, helping out Atmel for one more day before she transitions to her new position.
Thanks to Bridget from the Tech Museum of Innovation for also finding me, just at the end which was so great. I also ran into Danny. We have a brilliant and action oriented team at the Tech Museum of Innovation – visit us immediately! It is the basically a year long Maker Faire in the center of San Jose. My ongoing party is 1st Thursdays at the museum After Hours 21+ event. I go every month, to party with the friends of mine that can make it.
If you don’t know Tinker Tailor and Melissa…you simply must! Calling all Canadians, this Maker Lady is going to MAKE it happen, she took the Making Possibilities Workshop by storm, swirled up some amazing support for her projects throughout the weekend. And to top it off, we are just fast friends, and she loves my Bliplace-Better-Than-Diamonds-Necklace! TinkerTailor.ca @MelissaLaforge
Finally, my brother and his friend made it out, though they already had a busy weekend! Of course, being their first time, they were all starry eyed and ran all over the faire and got super tired, but had a blast!! They could not believe the kinds of creations present and vowed that next year, they would come both days. It really is a cross over event for all generations, all interests, all makers.
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