World Maker Faire 2012 a Major Success, Planning for 2013 Is Already Underway
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 15, 2012) - World Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, and New York Hall of Science are thrilled to announce dates for the 2013 event. On September 21 and 22, 2013, the fourth annual Faire will return for another weekend filled with an incredible variety of attractions, exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and performances bridging science, technology, arts, and crafts -- most of them hands-on and all of them engaging.
World Maker Faire 2012 was a resounding success. More than 55,000 attendees (up 57% from 2011) came from 48 states and 34 countries to participate in talks and workshops, and see projects and performances by 650 makers. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation proclaimed the week of September 24-30 as "Maker Week." And, the New York State Assembly Legislative Commission on Science and Technology issued a citation in support of World Maker Faire, praising the Faire's mission of unlocking the potential of science and technology and putting it in the hands of anyone who has curiosity, creativity, and a desire to make something.
"World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science demonstrates the power and reach of the growing Maker movement, attracting people from all walks of life and inviting them to explore, experiment, and experience science, technology, art, and engineering," according to Dale Dougherty, founding editor and publisher of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire. "Even the makers who are exhibiting their work comment on how youth are turning out in great numbers -- from young children brought by their parents to teenagers coming on dates. I'm particularly pleased to see that interest in Maker Faire is remarkably multi-generational, connecting each of us to what it means to be a maker."
"In a city like New York, where on any given weekend there is so much to do and see, it's a testament to the emerging popularity of maker culture that 55,000 people made World Maker Faire their top priority," said Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. "This is about more than a two-day, family-friendly Faire. It's about a powerful movement that has potential to help us reinvigorate science education, our workforce, and the ways in which we view ourselves as not just consumers, but makers."