World Maker Faire New York 2013

September 21 - 22, 2013


1939 View of the 1960's

A look at how people viewed the future of urban planning and predictions of how the 1960's would look at the 1939 World's Fair.

3D Printing To Help Soldiers

A look at SI2's ability to print electrically conductive ink, creating circuitry on curved surfaces, for example on the inside of a soldiers helmet, in order to collect data and detect when a soldier has been exposed to conditions that might cause a brain injury.

A Highly Personalized, Heavily Tracked Future

Robert Scoble talks about how the technology of today gives us a glimpse into the personalized future of tomorrow - and the costs that come with it.

A Primary School Space Program

Founder and Trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Eben Upton, shares an example of a Space Program that would be well within the budgetary reach of any primary school in the developed world.

Arduino and Temboo Make it Simple to Connect to the Web

Massimo Banzi, the co-founder of the Arduino project, highlights Arduino's partnership with Temboo, a service thats makes it easy to connect to a vast array of web-based services.

Birth of the OpenROV

Inventor David Lang explains how he got involved with the OpenROV project - and became a maker.

Building a Digital Camera for Education

Shree K. Nayar, the T. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, discusses the process he went through designing a digital camera that could be used to educate.

Creating a Making Space in the Classroom

Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager, authors of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, discuss affordable ways to create a maker space in the classroom. 

Design Innovation With Light

Carla Diana, fellow at the innovation firm Smart Design, highlights their Lumi project, which uses light as a language. 

DIY Spaceflight: Making Your Own Spacecraft

NASA's Chief Technologist Mason Peck discusses the citizen science movement of making your own spacecraft. 

Hacking Nature: Making Interactive Plants

Ivan Poupyrev, scientist and designer with the Walt Disney Company, demonstrates his sensory technology Touché. Touché can turn anything into a touch surface, including plants.


New York Times columnist, and CBS News technology correspondent David Pogue shows us where the strongest natural fiber in the world comes from, and it isn't spider silk.

How Technology Helped us Reclaim a Crafting Community

Douglas Rushkoff explains how the same technology which brought about the industrial era is the same that is helping to bring it to a close.

How to Start Building Apps for Google Glass

Matt Richardson briefs over the development environment for Google Glass Apps.

John Maeda Explores What It Is to Make Critically

John Maeda, president of Rhode Island School of Design, explores the definition of making critically, what he sees as the intersection of design making and critical thinking. 

Life Lessons from the Founding Fathers

Author & journalist A. J. Jacobs talks about experimenting with George Washington's 100 rules for living.

littleBits Puts the Power of Electronics in Your Hand

Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits, discusses how her prototyping tool became co-opted by children for education.

Make To Save Lives

TechShop CEO Mark Hatch profiles a new blanket that is saving the lives of prematurely born infants in the developing world.

MakerBot Digitizer Is a 3D Scanner to Work with MakerBot

Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot industries, discusses the design process behind creating the MakerBot Digitizer, a 3D scanner capable of working with the 3D printer. 

MAKEwithMOTO: The Power of an Open Ecosystem

Senior vice president of Motorola Mobility Regina Dugan discusses the MAKEwithMOTO program, in which a group of makers travelled the country in a custom maker van, contributing to various engineering projects.

Nurses: A Hidden Network of Makers

Nurses around the world have a talent for inventive solutions, but are often shy about their creations.

Science Bob: Little Rocket Scientists

Award-winning elementary school science teacher, "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, shows a group of children how to make tiny rockets that can be made at home. 

Swapping Connectivity

Renowned hacker Lee von Kraus, and Virigin Mobile Co-Founder Amol Sarva explain the possibility of rewiring connectivity in the brain.

Text: Our First Broadcast Medium

Author Clive Thompson explains how text is our first technology that evolved from being a broadcast medium to one that people use disposably for themselves.

The Creative Process of Tinkering

Mitch Resnick explains how the process of tinkering engenders more creative, more insightful makers.

The Evolution of Arduino

Arduino creator Massimo Banzi talks about how Arduino has evolved to meet the needs of creators, and how it needs to evolve again to meet the needs of newcomers.

Using Making Technology to Meet World Challenges

Founder of T4D Lab and co-founder of GroundLab Benedetta Piantella surveys ways she had utilized technology to help meet humanitarian solutions.

Why applicants should brag about their maker projects.

Dr. Dawn Wendell talks about the skills you gain from maker projects and why they would be attractive to university culture.

Mythbusters' Adam Savage: 'Work Hard, Work Smart'

About this conference

Have you ever wanted to build your own robot? Or learn how to knit? Do you enjoy wiring complex circuits or cooking with homegrown produce? In your spare time, do you design furniture with LEGO bricks or play music on your homemade ukulele? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then welcome to World Maker Faire, where it's cool to be smart!

About Maker Faire

A family fun faire to MAKE, create, learn, invent, CRAFT, recycle, act up, think, play & be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.

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