Business With Passion: Maker Faire


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This episode showcases some of the passionate “Makers” who were at Maker Faire 2009:

Dale Dougherty is the editor and publisher of MAKE, and general manager of the Maker Media division of O’Reilly Media, Inc. He is also the founder of Maker Faire.

Email: dale@oreilly.com

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Michael Shiloh is an engineer, hobbyist, researcher, artist, and educator. Michael creates by himself and collaborates with children and students of all ages and with other electro-mechanical artists, including San Francisco-based Survival Research Labs. Michael works with foam core, concrete, computers, hot glue, steel, Linux, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, remote controls, and broken glass. Michael has taught workshops and classes at museums, schools, trade shows, and universities.

Website: www.TeachMeToMake.com
Email: michael@teachmetomake.com

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Laura Allen is a Bay Area educator and greywater activist. She has a BA in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley, and a teaching credential and masters in education from the New College of California. She is a co-founder of The Greywater Guerrillas and co-editor of Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground. She has been designing and installing greywater systems for the past ten years.

Website: www.greywaterguerrillas.com
Email: laura@greywaterguerrillas.com

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Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking, exploring ways to allow digital technologies to sense and respond to a wider range of human physical expression. Coming from a background in theatre, his work has centered on physical interaction related to live performance and public space. His current research focuses on ecologically sustainable practices in technology development. He co-authored the book “Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers“.

Website: tigoe.net or itp.nyu.edu/tigoe

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People have often described Jessica Hobbs as someone trying to lead a compulsively artistic life, which is more or less true. She started off her adventure in a small Sierra Foothill town and eventually meandered her way to the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way Jess has worn many hats; running and creating community art programs, counseling teenagers, curating, exhibiting, designing, photographing and organizing. She is an MFA graduate from the San Francisco Art Institute. She believes collaboration is key in community and art. This idea formally began with her collaborative performance work at UCSC and has continued to be a core element in her life. Her ability to organize and collaborate has lead her to her current passion combing art and alternative energy at the ALL Power Labs, an incubator for open source power experiments. This passion is the driving force behind the creation of the Escape From Berkeley (by any non-petroleum means necessary) alternative fuels road rally in October, 2009.

Email: jess@escapefromberkeley.com
Website: www.gekgasifier.com or www.escapefromberkeley.com

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Dan Goldwater was trained as an electrical engineer but has always been drawn to the artistic possibilities of his craft. Dan was a scientist at the MIT Media Lab when he built his first art bike, a bike which inspired some of MonkeyLectric’s current work. More recently Dan was a founder of technology development firm Squid Labs and DIY community site Instructables.com. Dan’s work has been featured in Nature and in the Smithsonian.

Website: www.MonkeyLectric.com
Email: info@MonkeyLectric.com

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Alex Andon‘s fascination with marine animals was sparked on a sail through the British Virgin Islands, while free-diving through underwater tunnels in coral reefs. He went on to work for the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, camping on beaches in Crete to protect nests and hatchlings. Alex accumulated extensive experience in setting up aquariums for his own research projects at Duke and the University of Delaware. He founded Jellyfish Art on a platform of cutting-edge jellyfish breeding techniques that have been developed over the past decade. Alex has a B.S. from Duke in Biology and Environmental Science.

Website: www.jellyfishart.com
Email: jellies@jellyfishart.com
Phone: 415-810-3343
Address: 1145 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Twitter: @JellyfishArt or @alexandon

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2 thoughts on “Business With Passion: Maker Faire

  1. Great summary of the Maker Faire! Loved the interview w/Mike the creator of “xippy”! Also enjoyed “meeting” the founder of the magazine and faire.

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