Spent last weekend at Maker Faire. News was that with major corporate sponsors pulling out and a big drop in attendance the Maker Faire people may not have the resources to put on the Bay Area Maker Faire in the future.
One article showed attendance numbers from year to year with 2018 having about a 30% reduction in attendance.
So what's going on? Is the DIY community dwindling? I don't think so. I see more makers and interest in maker spaces than ever. Is the DIY movement suffering DIY fatigue? Is making so ubiquitous that it's becoming decentralized to the point we don't want to meet up?
I know most of my engineer friends in Sacramento don't want to brave the traffic and crowds. But I think that's an excuse for being lazy. The Maker Faire promoters have traffic and parking down to a science. And the crowds, while a bit annoying, are polite, friendly and pretty cool to be around.
So what gives? And what do we do to support the event for 2020 and beyond?
I haven't seen any new news about Maker Faire's future in San Mateo. Weird. I didn't see any news about attendance numbers for 2019 either. It looks like in 2020, maybe there will be an event in Austin Texas? https://austin.makerfaire.com/
Ah... Well... Maker Media (who puts on Maker Faire) has rolled up the carpet and fired everyone.
It looks like the CEO Dale Dougherty is trying to gain control over the corporate assets so the Make Magazine can continue to exist at least in a digital format.