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World’s Largest Maker Faire Needs Bitcoin

This past weekend I got the chance to go to the 9th Annual Maker Faire in San Mateo. Hundreds of vendors set up in several exposition halls, tents, and outdoor booths. There was a a dark room filed with tesla coils, lasers, lights, jelly fish, and more. Hundreds of families and children poured into the fairgrounds over the two day event. We spent several hours going up and down each row and had not even come close to seeing everything before we sat down for some great food to take in the sights and sounds of the day.

3D printing was the talk of the show with a number a companies showing off new printers, software and 3D printed products. Several fair goers came to show off their own 3D printed toys and gadgets. I even saw a 3D printed RC car with a 3D printer on top actively printing gears for a new 3D printed RC car… Yo Dawg, I should have snapped a picture of that!

Along with friends from the San Francisco bitcoin meetup we found several vendors who knew all about bitcoin and would accept it for products and services. We also had some great conversations with vendors who had heard very little about bitcoin and got a bit more serious about taking it once we offered to pay with it. I was able to make the day’s only bitcoin purchase, a membership to, complete with a awesome “All your data – NSA” shirt. The EFF staff knew all about bitcoin and were happy to help me make my contribution with it.

I would have liked to see a general information booth about bitcoin at an event like this. Hundreds of thousands people attended this years event and we got a number of people pointing at our shirts and asking us about bitcoin. It was a very target rich environment for bitcoin outreach and this audience would jump at the chance to use the currency if you could only buy it and then spend it right inside the gates of this technology meets arts and crafts wonderland.

A few photos from the day via