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Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Adds New Millbrae BART/Caltrain Shuttle Service to Encourage Use of Public Transportation and Bring Attendees to the Event

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/15/14 -- Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, held on May 17 and 18, will be attracting many maker enthusiasts to the San Mateo Event Center. It is recommended that attendees make advanced plans for getting to the Faire to maximize their time at the event, and minimize traffic and possible delays. Alternative transportation methods such as the Faire's new Millbrae BART/Caltrain shuttle, SamTrans, off-site park-and-ride options, carpooling, and cycling to the event are encouraged.

What: Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Maker Faire
Where: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403
When: Saturday, May 17, 10am - 8pm; Sunday, May 18, 10am - 6pm
All Transportation Options, including Caltrain, BART, bus, and bike: http://makerfaire.com/bay-area-2014/getting-to-maker-faire/

Arriving by Car, Parking Options, & Directions: Expect delays and congestion around the Event Center, including Highways 92 and 101, the day of the event. It is highly recommended that attendees plan ahead to make use of free parking and shuttle options. Directions, and all parking and shuttle information, can be found at: http://makerfaire.com/bay-area-2014/getting-to-maker-faire/

Social Bike Rides & Bike Parking at the Faire: There are two collective bike rides to Maker Faire -- one from Palo Alto and one from San Francisco. There is also free, monitored bike parking available at the event for those that arrive by bike. Details about the rides and on-site bike parking can be found here: http://makerfaire.com/bay-area-2014/getting-to-maker-faire/#bicycling

Traffic Updates: Get up to the minute traffic information including the use of optimal routes and exits by tuning into the following all weekend:

At Maker Faire, attendees can be sure to find Oracle, Goldsmith Sponsor, showcasing Java technology, and the role Java played in the ORACLE TEAM USA 2013 victory of the 34th America's Cup. Java is one of the most popular computing platforms, used by 9 million developers worldwide with more than 3 billion devices powered by Java technology. The interactive Oracle Java Zone in Expo Hall will demonstrate Java as a platform for building the next generation of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and Internet of Things innovations. The Java Zone demonstrations will show how Java makes it easy to build device prototypes for start-up companies. Attendees can learn how they can program with Java to move a robotic arm, send a Tweet, take a picture, or turn on a table fan. The interactive Java Smart Target game will engage attendees by testing their throwing skills.

Tickets are on sale now for Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 at http://makerfairebayarea2014.eventbrite.com at advance pricing. Advance ticket sales ($17.50 - $32.50 for a full day pass) take place between March 17 and May 16. Tickets can also be purchased on-site at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17 and 18, 2014 ($25.00 - $40.00 for a full day pass).

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Maker Faire celebrated 100 Faires in 2013 alone and has reached over 1.5 million attendees globally since it launched in San Mateo, California, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first MAKE Magazine in 2005. The eighth annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 950 makers and 120,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Rome, Oslo, Newcastle (UK), Tokyo and Shenzhen host our "featured" Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires inspire and ignite creative communities everywhere around the United States and internationally.

Located in Sebastopol, California, Maker Media has been widely credited with jumpstarting the worldwide Maker Movement, which has been a transforming force in innovation, culture, and education. In addition to publishing MAKE Magazine and producing Maker Faire, Maker Media develops "getting started" kits and books it sells through its Maker Shed store as well as other retail channels.

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A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $17.50 - $40.00; ages 3 and under are free. www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://makerfairebayarea2014.eventbrite.com.

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Goldsmith and Silversmith sponsors include: Goldsmith: Intel, Oracle, RadioShack; Silversmith: Atmel, Autodesk, Cognizant, Ford, NASA, Roblox.

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