Maker Faire 2008

Last weekend we attended the third annual Maker Faire at the San Mateo fairgrounds. We’ve gone every year so far and it’s always a good time, full of lots of interesting stuff.

While we did enjoy ourselves, and had lots of fun checking out the robots, fire, crafts, and all manner of homemade hackery, Sarai and I both felt that some of the novelty was wearing off. It was much more crowded this year than the previous two years, and seemed to be more full of kids, which may be due in part to the event now being billed as “family-friendly” (I prefer my robots and fire art dangerous and human-unfriendly, personally), which made getting around challenging at times. The corporate sponsorship and commercial aspects were very visible this year as well, much more so than before, with multiple buildings dedicated to just selling books and stuff.

Maker Faire 2008

Aside from those things, all the other stuff was interesting, as always, but there was very little new this year. There were the same Tesla coils, giant Mousetrap game, and steampunk vehicles and such (and the steampunk thing is getting way overdone now) as last time, and we generally felt like we had seen it all before. After doing a single circuit of the fairground we were ready to go. I wonder if we are the only ones who felt this way.

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