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Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 in San Mateo wrapped up yesterday but with looming uncertainty about the future of the event which attracts thousands of 3D printing enthusiasts.
As sponsorships for the event dwindle and financial worries grow for the show organizers, this year’s event may turn out to be the last of its kind.
Dale - Dougherty - CEO - Maker - Media
Dale Dougherty, CEO of Maker Media, publishers of Make magazine and organizer of the of Maker Faire Bay Area, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “We’re doing it this year. We tightened everything down so we could do it […] But I’m not sure what the future holds for Maker Faire. I think it’s needed more than ever, and it’s valuable more than ever […] we’ve had to reconsider what we do and reconsider the things that we provide.”
Maker Faires are organized each year in 44 countries, including the UK, Hong Kong, and Canada.
Maker - Faire - Bay - Area - Inception
The Maker Faire Bay Area, since its inception in 2006, has taken place annually. It is sponsored by Google, Digi-Key, one of the largest electronics distributor, and Arizona-based investment firm Seed River, among others.
Each year, the three-day event attracts thousands of cosplayers, hobbyists, engineers professionals, and enthusiasts, who join the event to show their own creativity and admire others. In 2014 and 2015, the attendance peaked at nearly 100,000.
Year - Maker - Faire - Bay - Area
This year’s Maker Faire Bay Area was held between May 17-19 at San Mateo County Event Center, where 175,000 square feet space was occupied by exhibits and visitors. Nearly 500 makers joined the Maker Faire 2019.
With a dedicated space on the floor, 3D printing technology featured heavily on the show.
Cosplayer - Maker - Faire - Bay - Area
A cosplayer at the Maker Faire Bay Area. Image via Maker Faire/Twitter.
Maker Faire Bay Area has been influential in educating young people and getting them interested in STEM subjects.
Sue - Cusack - Director - Lesley - University
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