The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring Makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing Makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields—Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft. The launch of the Faire took place less than a year after the publication of the first Make: magazine in 2005, created by Dale Dougherty. (Learn more about Make: magazine here.)
With the launch of Make: magazine in 2005, Dougherty and his team provided the catalyst for a tech-influenced, grassroots, DIY community that has come to be identified as the “Maker Movement.” As the movement has gathered increasing momentum, Makers have created their own market ecosystem developing new products and services. The combination of ingenious Makers and innovative technologies such as the Arduino microcontroller, Raspberry Pi, and personal 3D printing are driving innovation in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology, and education. Over the years, the Maker Media has become synonymous with the Maker Movement and is the recognized leader of this growing community of Makers. Make: magazine and Maker Faire are very proud being the nurturing ground for this growing community of creative and curious people.