Preparing for Maker Faire Bay Area 2013

We are just a couple of weeks away, can you feel the excitement? We are so grateful for all of you taking this ride with us; we’re almost there!

Maker Entry Passes and Ticket Codes

You must have passes or tickets to enter the event. You will have gotten them via email from Maker Faire (or, for the Kids Makin’ It members, from Kristan.) Detailed instructions for redeeming your ticket can be found in the Maker Toolkit.

You should get enough passes, to allow each member of your team plus one chaperone per Young Maker to enter Maker Faire at any time, including before 10am (when Maker Faire opens to the public.) We suggest getting to the site before opening on the day of your exhibition slot, dropping off and/or setting up your project in our tent (east of Expo, see orange finger in map, left), and then looking around Maker Faire before the crowds descend, while other Makers are setting up. Note: the official map for Maker Faire has two places marked “Young Makers” — we are in the one east of Expo Hall, not the one north of the Midway.

Need more tickets? The nice folks at Maker Faire have also given us a limited supply of discounted tickets if you’d like to bring additional family members. Check your inboxes for an email that includes a link that begins “http://makerfaire2013.eventbrite.com/?discount=” [that’s not the whole thing!) and contact Binka if you didn’t get it.

Making your trip to Maker Faire the best it can be! KO has put together a great checklist for you to prepare for your exhibit and your enjoyment of Maker Faire as a whole!  It tells you what we’ll have in the Young Makers exhibit area, and what you’ll need to bring yourself. That’s stuff like props, prototypes, signage, notebooks that help you tell your story; anything you might need to complete, finish, or repair your project; layers of clothing; sun protection; screen, a hat and sunglasses; snacks; hand sanitizer. See the whole checklist here.
Tell your story at Maker Faire, and beyond! It’s not enough to just make something—it’s also important to be able to tell others about your project and why it is great. Collect photos, sketches, prototypes, failed pieces of your project: anything that tells the story of how and why your projects came to be. Maker Faire attendees love to know how and why Makers created their project, and so you should gather evidence of your process. We have lots more ideas in our document, Telling Your Story.