Maker Faire San Diego 2015 was an incredible weekend full of innovation, new and exciting technologies, and giving every participant the opportunity to learn new hands on skills and make something fun. Makers came from all over to show what they have made, talk about how they created it, and teach participants how they could make it too. Over 25,000 participants joined well over 200 makers and hundreds of volunteers for an experience that took them across 10 of Balboa Park’s cultural institutions. Thank you for joining us!
This event could not have been possible without the help of so many different individuals and groups, and it’s not over yet…!
The San Diego Maker’s Guild and the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership were instrumental in the organization and implementation of Maker Faire! The City of San Diego and Mayor Kevin Faulconer proudly named Maker Faire Balboa Park’s Fall Signature Centennial Event. The City of Tijuana and Tijuana Innovadora joined to showcase the whole region’s innovative makers, making this event the first binational Maker Faire.
Of course this would not have been possible without help from our generous sponsors. Local communications and technology leader, Qualcomm, was more than our premier sponsor, but tickled our imaginations with Inventor Lab and Thinkabit Lab. We’d also like to thank Cox Communications, Makers Quarter, Epilog Laser, ROBLOX, XYZPrinting, HardTech Labs, Sprout by HP, National University, Altium, Circuit Maker, Octopart, University of California San Diego, Full Spectrum Laser, Qualcomm Institute, CleanTECH SD (Smart Cities), Maker Place, and Craters & Freighters.
Production partners at Open-Source Maker Labs, the FabLab, San Diego New Central Library, and San Diego Parks and Recreation worked round the clock to help bring spectaculars to 10 institutions of learning and culture in Balboa Park, which made an ideal setting for hosting a huge one-of-a kind Maker Faire! The indoor-outdoor arrangement included 10 museums and many open spaces around Balboa Park. (This worked out brilliantly when it rained Sunday morning.) Thank you to our partnering museums who opened their doors to Makers: Japanese Friendship Garden, Museum of Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Over 200 makers turned out to show their work, not only exhibiting, but showing participants how to make amazing things! Their passion for making and their love of sharing and teaching is what brings them to Maker Faire. You can see a list of some of these exhibitors here.
Last but certainly not least, over 200 volunteers dedicated their time and their weekends to make Maker Faire happen! We cannot possibly thank each and every one of you enough, but it’s fair to say that this simply would not have happened without your dedication, your passion, and devotion to making! Words cannot express our gratitude. Many of you braved the rain, long hours, and kept amazing smiles and brilliant energy throughout the weekend.
Thank you everyone. A thousand times thank you! Remember that Makers never stop. If you are interested in being a part of Maker Faire next year, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others!) for Maker Faire 2016 updates, Maker news around San Diego, as well as DIY project ideas and more. Be a part of the maker movement!