16 Things to See and Do at Maker Faire Bay Area

The “Greatest Show and Tell on Earth” is coming to the Bay Area with over 900 exhibitors, 12 stages, more than 300 presentations. There are more things to see and do than a human could ever cover in only two days, so we put together a short list of things that are guaranteed to bend your antennas and electrify your cells.

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  • Step back and marvel at the first open source 3D printed life-size robot that anyone can print and assemble at home.
  • moov


  • Learn how to survive in the wilderness, after the robots have taken over.
  • fire


  • A whole festival could be made with just these two amazing instructables; how to make your own bacon OR make your own kombucha at home.
  • bacon


  • BYOB…R. Challenge others to the death at the Bot Bash booth.
  • battlebots


  • No one can ever say you’re not thrifty, build your own sail boat for $100.

  • Feel the power of taking control of a massive ant-like machine.
  • ant


  • Take your masking tape skills to a whole new level with Tapigami.
  • tape


  • Listen to an astrobiologist discuss replacement organs and smart fabrics.
  • LynnRothschild


  • Get schooled on drone flying etiquette, then watch drones battle it out all day at the Combat Arena.
  • two


  • Think you know cheese? Think again. Learn more about the oldest cheese recipe.
  • cheese


  • Learn how to pick a lock.
  • picklock


  • Buckets and buckets of legos.
  • buckets


  • Watch a miniature Master and Commander unfold at the 3D Printed Boat Race.
  • boat


  • Leave the pitchfork at home and take a ride on a frankenstein bicycle
  • broom


  • No hill or crooked street required for this big wheel race.

  • Dance like no one is watching.
  • robots


The 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area comes to the San Mateo Event Center 1346 Saratoga Drive this Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17.

Log on to the newly launched social network MakerSpace to get your creative juices flowing before the weekend. Still not sure if you’re going? Watch this video.


  1. Christina Teresa wouldn’t it be nice if there were something like this near home?

  2. Anyone have a promo code for Maker Faire?

  3. Um… they seem to be reproducing … hmmm .. that wasn’t suppose to happen..

  4. Maybe Sunday

  5. Robert Price

  6. Kevin :) enjoy!

  7. Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman May 13, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Greg Perry My Robot Lab looks AWESOME

  8. How come artificial intelligence and robot faces are always white? And not just the color white, but the eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks.

  9. Emily M. Perez Nick Chaboya

  10. Marcelo Echeverria May 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Siddharth Kothari and Felipe Latif Mechailech check it out!

  11. Sharon Masters May 12, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Ellen Santomauro here we come.

  12. Hi — we’re attending with several groups from our school on Friday.
    I see on-site parking is not available Sat/Sun. Will it be available Friday?
    Trying to coordinate meeting up, so what gate do you think will be best if we plan to arrive at 12:30PM?

  13. Angelica Shah May 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Kimson Doan

  14. Michael Pechner May 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Number 17. Take the test for your Amateur Radio License. http://mfhamtest.com

  15. Hey, we just got two MORE 3d printed and i said, it’s time to build our own inmoov.
    We’ll just need one meeting and this project will be underway

  16. Scott Crutchfield-Rogers May 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Cyd Gloer

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