Maker Faire Bay Area 2018 Brings Together the Wide World of Tech, Art, and Imagination

The Maker Faire returns to the Bay Area with over 1,200 curated projects—spanning music, art, science, health, robotics, and the latest in imaginative inventions—May 18th through the 20th at the San Mateo County Event Center. If you want to see out-of-the-box innovation, wild ideas become tangible objects, and inanimate metal objects brought to life, then head to this Faire. The Maker Faire in the Bay Area is just one part of a larger community of more than 1 million people of all ages who experience Maker Faires every year, across 44 countries.

As summed up by Maker Faire organizers, the event is “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.”

This year’s event includes a full lineup of speakers and presentations across seven presentation stages, including LucasFilm’s Ready Player One sound designer Kyrsten Mate, MIT Media Lab’s Mitchel Resnick, Pixar’s Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg, and many more trailblazers in their respective fields.

While there, be on the lookout for an “Airigami” balloon dragon, and Nintendo’s new Labo kits. And other far-out sights like the Rabid Transit, a huge metal sculpture that carries rabid animals that shoot fire; or the Anti-Robot Prosthesis, a sports machine that was built to be manned by a human pilot/trained athlete. (It’s the first 100% human controlled racing mech.) Or find out what a Robot Dress is and how it works, with Saura Naderi, lead engineering teacher and designer of the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™, plus her team of engineers and one theatrical costume designer.


Founded in 2006 and headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Faires are now ongoing around the world. The Maker Media brand, includes Maker: Shed, and perhaps what started the whole global Maker Movement, its Make: Magazine. The Maker Faires are having an echoing impact with family-friendly events that inspire invention, learning and doing—with no signs of slowing.

Nowadays, kids don’t have to settle for building sandcastles in a sandbox. And adults don’t have to only tell their friends about their latest inventions. Anyone in any country can now create, innovate, and turn an idea into a real commodity. Attend the Faire to meet, mingle and to make.

Friday, May 18, 1PM to 5PM
Saturday, May 19, 10AM to 7PM
Sunday, May 20, 10AM to 6PM

For a nighttime preview with cocktails:
Exploratorium’s After Dark: Maker Faire Edition and Copper
Thursday, May 17, 6PM to 10PM

Maker Faire Bay Area
San Mateo Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo

Written by Christine Arata

As a latchkey kid, I used to entertain myself by watching movies on TV. I grew up on Hollywood classics. Later, I learned an appreciation for foreign films. Over the years, I have had various film-related jobs, made some shorts, and studied film for a bit in Italy. My degree includes a minor in film. Writing is now a great form of expression.