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SparkFun Makes the Trip to San Mateo for Maker Faire 2010

 

BOULDER, Colo. May 28, 2010 – On May 22nd and 23rd, SparkFun Electronics traveled to Maker Faire in San Mateo, Cali. Hosted by Make Magazine, the event attracts artists, engineers, and crafters from all over the world who want to share their projects.

 

Each year, Maker Faire grows exponentially. SparkFun was one of approximately 600 exhibits drawing crowds of nearly 100,000 people to the San Mateo Fair Grounds. In addition to showcasing products, SparkFun ran the ever-popular “soldering workshops,” teaching people both plated through-hole (PTH) and surface mount device (SMD) soldering. SparkFun donated the kits for the workshops and asked for a donation for those wishing to participate. Through these donations, over $6,800 was raised for The Exploratorium and The Rosalie House Emergency Shelter.

 

“As this was my first trip to Maker Faire, I was floored by the magnitude of the event,” said Director of Engineering Pete Dokter. “Our kits were flying off the table and there was a line around the booth all day long for the workshops.”

 

The SparkFun booth also featured two projects – the “Wheel of Misfortune” and “Snake Stomp.” The “Wheel of Misfortune” (brain-child of SparkFun Engineer Ryan Owens) was a prize wheel that was spun by the use of a hula-hoop outfitted with an accelerometer. “Snake Stomp,” developed by SparkFun videographer Chris Rojas, was a combination of the classic game “Snake” and modern “Dance Dance Revolution,” allowing the user to control a snake via stomp pads.

 

Maker Faire was not only a great occasion to teach soldering, but the event provides SparkFun with an opportunity to meet many of its customers as well as keep a finger on the pulse of the DIY community.


About SparkFun Electronics

 

SparkFun is a young and quickly growing company dedicated to enabling the electronics enthusiast with gear and resources. SparkFun has been in the top ten for fastest growing companies in Boulder County for the last four years as ranked by the Boulder County Business Report. For examples of how customers have used SparkFun products and services in the past, visit Hack-a-Day’s website or WIRED magazine’s article suggesting how SparkFun and SparkFun’s Batch PCB service fit into the Open Source Hardware movement. For insight on Nathan Seidle and the philosophy behind SparkFun, read this article from the February issue of Fortune Small Business.

 

For more information call AnnDrea Boe at 303-284-0979 extension 123, or email AnnDrea Boe at anndrea@sparkfun.com.

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