IT & Network Infrastructure : Maker Faire 2010 Brings Out Whimsy and Scientific Creativity

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-05-28 Print this article Print
Maker Faire 2010 Brings Out Whimsy and Scientific Creativity

Maker Faire 2010 Brings Out Whimsy and Scientific Creativity

by Chris Preimesberger
The fifth annual Maker Faire was one of the most unusual science-related-or non-science-related-conferences we've ever attended. Staged by O'Reilly Media at the county fairgrounds in San Mateo, Calif., on May 22 and 23, the homespun event attracted a whopping 80,000 people, many simply curious to see unusual ideas being made real. With a huge national interest in getting off the gasoline standard, much of the emphasis was on alternative transportation-and the ideas came from Detroit and beyond. "It's one part crafts festival, one part Renaissance Faire and three parts giant flaming robots," Christina Wodtke, general manager of social networking at MySpace, told the San Francisco Chronicle. The following slide show features a few of the many highlights. (All photos by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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