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Atmel @ Maker Faire Day 2

Atmel’s jam-packed booth (#205) hosted Makers, modders and hackers on day two of Maker Faire Bay Area 2014.

We showcased a number of uber-cool exhibits and demos throughout the day, with various guest appearances by various personalities such as Massimo Banzi and Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Our Day 1 image gallery is available here – and more Day 2 pictures below!

Xinchejian builds a Makerspace in a shipping container

Recently, Bits & Pieces ran an article about how the city of Baltimore is filling up with DIY spaces where Makers, hackers and modders can to share ideas, tools and projects. Besides the Hackerspace (founded in 2009), there is The Node in the Station North Arts District, Fab Lab, Unallocated Space and the Baltimore Foundery.

Unsurprisingly, the international Maker Movement is also taking China by storm, with the Xinchejian crew constructing a “Pop Up” DIY space in a shipping container as part of Make+, a non-profit art and technology program headquartered in Shanghai, China. The DIY Pop Up recently made its first successful appearance at the Creative Faire in Shanghai.

According to the Xinchejian team, the ‘space attracted numerous visitors interested in 3D printing, robotics, Atmel-powered Arduino boards and Maker Culture. The Xinchejian Makerspace won’t be dismantled, however, as it is slated to kick off a tour around China after the Shanghai Maker Faire on Oct 19-20.

Check out some of the pictures below to see more of the ‘space built in a re-purposed shipping container.

Baltimore is a city of Makers

Did you know that Baltimore is “awash” in DIY spaces where Makers, hackers and modders can gather to share ideas and tools, sip some brew and happily void warranties? According to The Baltimore City Paper, the town has witnessed an explosion of new hacker, modder and Maker spaces over the past few years.

“Besides the Hackerspace, founded in 2009 and now on the far east side, there is The Node in the Station North Arts District,” writes Edward Ericson Jr. “And last month The Baltimore Foundery opened on the 200 block of South Central Avenue. All offer tools for metalworking, wood, computers, and robotics, but each has a slightly different focus.”

In addition to the above-mentioned space, there is also an MIT-affiliated Fab Lab hosted by the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, the Unallocated Space near BWI airport and BUGSS, the Baltimore Under Ground Science Space founded by Dr. Tom Burkett.

“Part of it is there’s a resurgence in the whole notion of making,” Jason Hardebeck, the landlord and co-founder of The Foundery, told The Baltimore City Paper. “My little brother—he’s 40—asked me what a makerspace is. I said it’s what the hipsters call workshops.”

Meanwhile, Matt Barinholtz, founder of FutureMakers, says he thinks the country took a wrong turn 25 or 30 years ago by halting the manufacture of items that could be taken apart, repaired or re-imagined. However, things are clearly starting to change as an increasing number of people all over the globe count themselves as part of the rapidly growing Maker Movement.

“This is not a fad. 15 years from now, this is how we’re going to continue to learn and build our economy,” he added. “[We have] parents and kids welding together. We want moms and sons welding together. What could be more awesome than that?”

The full text of “The City That Hacks” is available at The Baltimore City Paper.