Posted by Casey Schulz on June 08, 2015 at 12:45 PM
Maker Faire is called the "Greatest Show and Tell on Earth" and I can’t think of a better way to describe the experience. This year as a Preemadonna co-founder, alongside my partner, Pree, I participated as a booth attendant for Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 instead of just a regular participant. It gives a different perspective.
As a regular participant in years past, I’ve been focused on the people showing off their cool inventions. From the multitude of fire breathing apparati, to light up everything, to kids’ activities, to startups, to learning about more sustainable food and gardening techniques, Maker Faire is like no other fair. At times it can be overwhelming, with so many people and so many new projects, but the passion and enthusiasm that the makers share with all attendees is inspiring.
As a booth attendant, my perspective is a little different. I still got to see and be inspired by all of the makers, but I was more focused on the people that attended Maker Faire. It was intriguing to see awe in the faces of kids and adults alike. But sharing the Nailbot was the highlight! We’ve kept it quiet for so long and it was magical to finally be sharing it with the world and especially the Maker Faire attendees! We got great feedback and encouragement.
As a bonus, my parents were able to attend for the first time. I tried to prepare them for the excitement and originality of Maker Faire, but it’s very difficult to explain its vibe - you really just have to experience it for yourself to understand. It was amusing to see their amazement - I also enjoyed experiencing new events and makes with them like the fiber optics fashion show--now that was cool! It’s like all the Halloween costumes I’ve dreamed of making and someone had done it (hopefully it will motivate me to get started on mine for this year)!
I’m grateful that Preemadonna was able to participate this year and join the Maker Faire family! Thanks to all who came and visited our booth, and to all for sharing your passion and fantastic inventions!
Preemadonna Co-Founder & Head-of-Product
P.S. Pree and I are planning to attend Maker Faires across the United States in August into the Fall of 2015 - please check our events page for updates! We’d love to meet you and show you our inventions!