Maker Faire 2010 HHA

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Mitch is setting up a huge Hardware Hacking Area (HHA) again this year at the 2010 Maker Faire! The Maker Faire is at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds, on Saturday May 22 and Sunday May 23.

Anyone and everyone can volunteer! No experience necessary!

We will be teaching zillions of people how to make cool things, and teaching everyone how to solder! We need lots of volunteers to help out. It's tons of fun, and for doing a 4-hour shift, you get in to the entire Maker Faire for free (all weekend)!

Here are the shifts available to help out at the huge Hardware Hacking Area for the Maker Faire.

If you'd like to help (and get a free pass for the entire Faire!), please edit "Volunteer Sign-up" section, and fill your name into a time slot that is not already taken. (All time slots are 4 hours.) After you fill in your name, please email me (maltman23 AT hotmail DOT com).

Training Sessions[edit]

If you can find the time, it will be way helpful if you come to one of the two training sessions I will be giving.

  • Saturday, 15-May, 1pm -- at Noisebridge
  • Wednesday, 19-May, 8pm -- at Noisebridge

Both sessions will be the same. In each session I will:

  • give the big picture of how the Hardware Hacking Area will work
  • discuss the various tasks that need to be filled at the HHA
  • show you how I teach people to solder
  • give you a kit to make that you can take home with you
  • answer any questions you may have
  • ask for your input to help make the HHA way cooler

Volunteer Sign-up[edit]

After adding your name to your time slot, please email me (maltman23 AT hotmail DOT com) as soon as you can with the following information:

1)  The name (first and last) you want to give to the Maker Faire people when you arrive for your free "credentials" (as they're calling the passes for volunteers).
2)  The 4-hour shift you want.

If all time-slots are full, please email me. We can use your help.

Saturday, 22-May:

time slot volunteer
8:00am to 9:30am Mitch, Jimmie Rodgers, Rolf van Widenfelt, Michael Shiloh, Andreas Stadler
9:30am to 1:30pm Matt Holland, Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson
10:30am to 2:30pm Aaron Falk, KT Falk, Robert Fletcher
11:30am to 3:30pm nana, Sean C
12:30pm to 4:30pm Chis Lombardi Remy Goldberg
1:30pm to 5:30pm Michael Toren, Laura Khalil, Jonathan Lassoff
2:30pm to 6:30pm España Sheriff, Don French
3:30pm to 7:30pm Crystal Allen,Ted Scharff
4:30pm to 8:30pm Robert Stone

Sunday, 23-May:

time slot volunteer
8:00am to 9:30am Mitch, Jimmie Rodgers
9:30am to 1:30pm Jason Abele, Ali Hadiashar
10:30am to 2:30pm R Miloh Alexander, rebecca weinstein, Charles Collicutt
11:30am to 3:30pm Steve Camuti, Nina Alter
12:30pm to 4:30pm Jason Snell, David Dymesich, Pavla Dlab
1:30pm to 5:30pm Todd Anderson, Jeff Keyzer
2:30pm to 6:30pm Jim Stockford, Prakash Jalan

HHA Volunteer Info[edit]

The Hardware Hacking Area is lots of fun! No soldering experience necessary. I'll show you everything you need to know.

We'll be teaching zillions of people to make cool things, and we'll be demonstrating Brain Machines to everyone (which attracts a huge, enthusiastic, curious crowd to the area!).

The Faire is open to the public between 10am and 8pm on Saturday, and between 10am and 6pm on Sunday. We'll be hopping the whole time, with 54 solder stations happening at once!

Getting to the Faire and the HHA[edit]

The San Francisco Maker Faire is in the San Mateo County Fair Grounds. Please consider getting to the Faire by means other than by car. Last year there was an all-day traffic jam (both Saturday and Sunda) on 101, which made it take hours (yes, plural) to get past the Faire exit. From the Caltrain Hillsdale Station it is only about a few hundred yards walk north to the San Mateo County Fair Grounds. Here is a map: Hillsdale Station

Once at the Fair Grounds, look for the registration tent. Give your name to the friendly person there, and say you're helping with Mitch's Hardware Hacking Area in the Maker Shed, and they will give you the credentials. Keep in mind that registration may take awhile if there is a line.

Please show up at the Hardware Hacking Area a few minutes before your shift starts.

The Hardware Hacking Area should be easy to find once you get into the building that is being called the Maker Shed, which is a very, very large building. The Hardware Hacking Area will be one large corner of it.

If you have any problems at all, or any questions, please give me a call on my cell phone: 415-377-5993

The San Francisco Maker Faire 2010 is taking place at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds.