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MakerCon Follow Up

September 24, 2015 Leave a comment

MakerCon was quite an experience.

In my previous post I mentioned how my first impression was that this would be a conference like no other I have attended before.  I was right.

The eclectic people I mention in the previous post, were extremely interesting individuals, with varied backgrounds.  Some are inventors, others entrepreneurs, and some who are just self-described geeks (like me.)

Each of the sessions I attended were quite informative, some even inspiring.  I came away feeling that I need to be a part of this movement.  There will be some way that I can put what I experienced today to use with the students in my schools and the community.

I suspect that after I return for the “Maker Faire” on Saturday, I will have a better direction and even greater to desire to make this happen in my school community.

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First Impressions of @MakerCon

September 24, 2015 Leave a comment

This is the first of what will likely be a few posts on my attendance at the 2015 MakerCon event  at the New York Hall of Science.

This is my first time attending a “Maker” event.  I am excited to explore and learn.  To be honest, I am not quite sure what to expect.

I have attended far too many conferences over the years and recall they all shared many common traits from event layout and design to speakers and sessions.  Having only been at this event for a few minutes, all I can say is “this one feels different somehow.”

As is normal for me, I arrived at this event far too early.  In doing so I took the time to notice what still remains to be setup with only an hour to go before the official start of the event.  Unlike other events I have attended, where hours before everything was set and in place, there are just a few last minute folks scurrying about, with what appears to be a lot still to be done.  There is a calm in the air.  I get the feeling that everything will get done in time and nobody appears to be stressing too much.

The crowd here also seems to be different than at other events.  Let’s just say this is quite an “eclectic” group.  I sincerely do not mean that to sound negative in any way.  It is not meant to be critical.  Instead it adds to the build up of the event for me.

The keynote is about to kick off.  I feel I need to buckle in now.

Stay tuned . . .

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