See You At Maker Faire

Q: What do catapults, 3-D printers, art cars, wooden bicycles, Extreme Knitting, Survival Research Laboratories, pinball machines, battling robots, homebrew tribbles, Steve Wozniak, power tool drag races, and the Tarantulas Jug Band all have in common?

Beneath the Battlebot

A: They'll all be on hand this weekend at the San Mateo Expo Center, for the second installment of O'Reilly's Maker Faire. According to the organizers, Maker Faire is "a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful folks who like to tinker and love to make things. We call them Makers."

YDN will be there in spirit, powering the APIs behind the Ybox, which won second prize at our first open Hack Day, last September. Josh, Tarikh, and a crew of Yahoos with absolutely no fear of soldering irons will be on hand to help members of the Maker Faire audience build their very own Yboxen. (What's a Ybox? It's a tiny set-top box that fits in an Altoids tin, consumes Yahoo! APIs, and shows their output on your TV set, without the need for a computer.) Also wandering the grounds: the Blogging in Motion team, with a ruggedized version of their Hack Day winner that you might even get to take for a spin.

Pictures (and maybe video) to come ... see you at the Faire!

Kent Brewster, Yahoo! Developer Network