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Make Room

If the “Internet of Things” goes down as the phrase of 2014, the “Maker Movement” won’t be far behind.

Later this month, New York will host the 5th Annual World Maker Faire, with more than 700 makers and over 85,000 attendees expected to gather Sept. 20-21 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Maker Media, the producer of the show, bills the event as “the greatest show (and tell) on Earth.” The first Maker Faire was held in 2006 in San Francisco, and it has since expanded to nearly a dozen flagship shows held around the world, with more than 120 community events in conjunction.

For the uninitiated, the “maker” moniker is far from stringent and can apply to anyone from knitters, sewers and writers to robotics, gamers and 3D printers.

CE retailers are certainly taking notice, as are the manufacturers. RadioShack, Micro Center, LG, Microsoft, Intel, Asus and MakerBot are all official sponsors of the New York Maker Faire, while a post on Newegg’s official blog optimistically heralds: “How the Maker Faire Restored My Faith in Humanity.” The mecca of all things start-up and DIY, Kickstarter, will mark its first official presence at Maker Faire with a pavilion highlighting 17 projects, including the Micro 3D printer and the Othermill circuit-board mill.   

When asked what motivated the site to join the Maker Faire, Kickstarter spokesman David Gallagher told TWICE, “We love innovation, and Maker Faire is such an important showcase for innovation — from the seriously wonky to the just-for-fun. How could we not be there?”