On Wednesday some of the Maker Faire team were in town and we met up at the NYSCI along with some Makers who wanted a walkthrough of the grounds, to take some measurements, place tents, see how the sun shades certain areas, and sort out other logistics like programming of time-based performances and events, figure out electrical needs and placement, etc. Super-fun day, and I think this was the visit where everyone could really start to see it coming together, because now we have our 400+ projects submitted and know better the size and scale of what we’re working with. The next two weeks will be intense, as this place will completely transform! I hope to have more time in the coming weeks to do these types of blogs, so everyone can really see this place change over time – for now this is what the NYSCI & the Maker Faire grounds look like:
Maker Faire founder Dale Dougherty giving one of his poignant speeches about the underpinning philosophies of how Makers interact with each other and how their projects become collaborations – their proximity and placement throughout the Faire are crucial to developing a sense of community and mutual maker-understanding!
taking a break under some shade with folk from the Madagascar Institute – discussing their chariot races, propane corral, and their carni-rides.
a model of the Swimming Cities “Ocean of Blood” sculptural watercraft (on land!) project and the area where it will be placed!