Maker Faire 2009

Some photos from this years Maker Faire

Education Day

Maker Party


Chris E’s droid with mine next to a Tesla electric sports car.

Chris E fixing his drive train

Lego R2!

SW Craft with Bonnie Burton

Maker Awards – I think we got 4 or 5 this year.

Other random robots, the first was a wearable Robbie – guy does amazing work and is local – alas I lost his card.


Posted by Chris on October 7th, 2009 in Events | No Comments

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MakeSF September Meetup

I spent last Sunday afternoon at the MakeSF Meetup with Artoo, this month it was held at the TechShop in Menlo Park in the heart of Silicon Valley. It’s a relatively new group and a spin-off of the Make Faire.

From the MakeSF website:

Our Mission
Meet with local people to discuss and show-and-tell new technology.

The goals are to:

  • Meet other local Makers
  • Share ideas, skills, and local resources
  • Create collaborations between engineers, makers, craft folks, artists, etc.
  • Get projects ready for Maker Faire, Burning Man or other nearby events
  • Get opinions or advice on project execution

There were around 20 people in attendance, but only one person had brought something to share, so I was encourage to do an improtute presentation on building and Artoo.

The TechShop also gave us a tour of the impressive facility.

Posted by Chris on September 11th, 2008 in Events | 1 Comment

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Maker Faire : Intel Developer Forum

Last Thursday Steve and I where at a the Mini Maker Faire at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.  There were probably close to 30 makers in attendance, ranging from robots and electronics projects to Steampunk musicians.

It was the last night of the show and the party was packed. We got to mingle with some cool people and show off Artoo and a bunch of parts and explain what goes into making your very own droid.

I’m in the computer industry so it was strange to be there as an outsider providing entertainment for the evening. It did allow me to make some obscure jokes about Intel chips that nobody would normally get.

This guy was upset because I didn’t have my transmitter in a bag to hide it from onlookers 🙂

We did a couple of interviews and TV spots, including this one with Wil Harris from ChannelFlip. I’ve been listening to him for years on Twit and it was fun to finally meet him.

Big thanks to the Make team for inviting us to this event – they really do know how to organize a great show.

More photos in the gallery.

Posted by Chris on August 28th, 2008 in Events | No Comments

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R2 Flip Book

Even Artoo got in on the act at Maker Faire and made his very own flip book with the help from Eddie at Check out the video

Posted by Chris on May 7th, 2008 in General | No Comments

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R2 Maker Faire News Coverage

I’ve been inundated with emails from people who saw us at Maker Faire. Here’s some of the reaction from the internet and media out there.

And if you Google on “Maker Faire R2D2” then you should get a sea of blog posts and videos 🙂

Posted by Chris on May 7th, 2008 in Events | 1 Comment

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Maker Faire – Dance Program

Short video compilation of Artoo dancing with the children at Maker Faire.

Posted by Chris on May 6th, 2008 in Events | 1 Comment

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Maker Faire Photos

Here’s some highlights from Maker Faire, the complete album can be found here.

Friday’s Education Day



Wall-E who?

Jedi or Jawa? You decide.

Danger R2-D2!!

Artoo at the Star Wars Button Making workshop with Bonnie Burton

Big thanks to Vern from Nuts and Volts Magazine for providing copies of Servo and Nuts and volts Magazines where the Builders Club was recent features.

Posted by Chris on May 5th, 2008 in Events | No Comments

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Maker Faire Award

I’ve had a crazy couple of days at Maker Faire, and we still have one more day to go. I’ll be posting a full update and photos tomorrow, but just had to post this tonight.

We won a Maker Faire Editor’s Choice award for our creations and participation. This is a great honor and surprised considering the 100’s of cool Makers and their creations at the event.

Make Faire is a production of Make: Magazine, which the R2 Builders Club was featured in a few years ago, and is held every year in San Mateo, California, with in excess of 45,000 people in attendance.

Posted by Chris on May 4th, 2008 in General | 5 Comments

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