My family and I are very excited to attend the upcoming New York Maker Faire, Sep. 29-30. We’ll be there on Sunday, Sep. 30.
This is an event created to showcase science projects, engineering, arts, crafts, and the do-it-yourself mindset. It will at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. The event website describes it as:
“Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these ‘makers’ come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.”
In addition to hundreds of makers exhibiting their projects, The Faire will also feature a range of presentations (by speakers such as Stephen Wolfram) and workshops (on topics such as Arduino programming, lock picking, and soldering). At last year’s Faire we saw a giant fire-breathing dragon built from scrap, mechanized cupcake cars, and a life-sized mousetrap game.
One of the findings of the Harvard Business School U.S. Competitiveness Project is that moving manufacturing offshore isn’t as logical as many people have thought. There are a range of reasons for this, including increasing transport costs, IP leakage, and loss of core competencies. I’m very glad to see a rebirth of interest in the maker mindset at both the individual and corporate level.