Maker Faire Bay Area 2015

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 215,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2014, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family-friendly event, 50% attend the event with children. Also in 2014, 119 independently-produced Mini and 14 Featured Maker Faires occurred around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Detroit, Oslo and Shenzhen.

In addition to 900+ maker exhibitors, this 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area features 12 stages and 4 attraction areas with over 300 scheduled presentations and shows! Use the schedule tool below to plan your visit and catch as many amazing talks, performances & demos as humanly possible.

We’re thrilled to share our program for the 10th anniversary of Maker Faire Bay Area! We’re bringing together the movers and shakers who helped the Maker Movement take off as well as emerging leaders who are giving the movement its future direction. They will enlighten, inspire, and ignite the Maker in you.
There will be over 200 speakers sharing their knowledge and passions with you across 12 stages. You’ll get the information you need on such topics as electronics, science, DIY, education and making with kids, wearables and tech fashion, food making and homesteading, and technology and culture.

Israelis Develop the World’s Smallest Bible

As part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, the Jerusalem-based Israel Museum will display the “Nano Bible,” the world’s smallest bible, an Israeli innovation created at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

The tiny bible will be displayed alongside the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aleppo Codex, a manuscript of the Jewish bible from 10th century C.E. The Nano Bible is a gold-coated silicon chip smaller than a pinhead. It is 0.04 square millimeters, and 0.00002 millimeters (20 nanometers) deep. The 1.2 million letters of the bible were written using a focused ion beam generator that shot gallium ions onto a gold surface covering a base layer of silicon.

Prof. Uri Sivan and Dr. Ohad Zohar of the Technion’s Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute developed the idea, and the engineers of the Technion’s Sara and Moshe Zisapel Nanoelectronics Center were responsible for the manufacturing of the chip and the development of the software that allows the engraving of the letters.

The Israel Museum will also exhibit a documentary on the creation of the Nano Bible and will enable the reading of the biblical text under a microscope.

Previously a nano sized New Testament developed by an Israeli company had been nominated for the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Smallest Bible.

Jerusalem nano Bible company said it developed a chip smaller than five by five millimeters, which contains the original Greek version of the New Testament (Textus Receptus, or “received text” in Latin).

The tiny square chip, with each side measuring 4.76 millimeters, can be embedded inside watches and pendants with “infinite possibilities” in the jewellery industry, the company said.

“Our aim is to be able to mass produce it and cater to really every pocket. Because this application, the smallest Bible in the world, Jerusalem Nano Bible, can be applied to infinite possibilities in the jewelry industry,” said David Almog, who is in charge on the company’s marketing and sales department.

“We have used 0.18 micron technology so the width of each of these letters is 0.18 micron to create the smallest printed Bible in the world. In every one of these squares, which is about 1,000 of these squares on an eight inch silicone wafer, there is a little bit more than one thousand Bibles. What that means is that we have produced the smallest recorded printed New Testament ever in the world. And that is extremely significant,” said Russell Ellwanger whose company TowerJazz Semiconductor, provided the technical know-how for the production and manufacturing of the Nano Bible.

The product was validated by an academic scholar who determined that the Greek text on the chip presented to him via a microscope was indeed that of the 27 books of the New Testament.

For a peek inside the chip to see the bible, watch this video

Devoxx4Kids: STEMing the kids at an early age

Devoxx4Kids USA wants to get kids excited about technology with the hope that many of them will become producers of technology in future. We are a non-profit and 501(c)(3) registered organization which conducts a variety of hands-on workshops where children build computer games, program robots, build circuits, program micro-controllers etc. and have fun. We want them to experience and then explore technology. This session will share how Devoxx4Kids is engaging kids at an early age and teaching them computing concepts using Scratch, Greenfoot, Minecraft, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, NAO, Tynker. We will share a path that can be followed by adults to keep kids in their vicinity engaged and build, instead of just play, games. You will learn best practices to organize similar workshops in your local setting and hear tips on opening a local US chapter and how to help the organization.

arun-gupta-200x200Arun Gupta is Director of Developer Advocacy at Red Hat and focuses on JBoss Middleware. As a founding member of the Java EE team at Sun Microsystems, he spread the love for technology all around the world. At Oracle, he led a cross-functional team to drive the global launch of the Java EE 7 platform through strategy, planning, and execution of content, marketing campaigns, and program. He is a prolific blogger since 2005 and have authored 1500+ blogs on technology. Arun has extensive speaking experience in ~40 countries on myriad topics and is a JavaOne Rockstar. He also founded the Devoxx4Kids chapter in the USA and continues to promoting technology education amongst kids. An author of a best-selling book, an avid runner, a globe trotter, a Java Champion, JUG leader, he is easily accessible at @arungupta.

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Arun Gupta will discuss the devoxx4kids program at the SPAUG General Meeting. See the Events Calendar for details.

Sound Engineering: From Vinyl to Digital Editing

catero-fredRecording legend Fred Catero has worked with some of music’s greatest stars. Beginning his career at Columbia Records in New York during the early 1960’s, Mr. Catero has had the opportunity to record artists such as Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Janis Joplin, Sly Stone, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, and The Pointer Sisters. Many of the records he made with these artists were responsible for turning them in to multi-platinum selling superstars and are now considered classics, such as Abraxas, Cheap Thrills, Chicago Transit Authority, and Headhunters.

Not long after arriving in San Francisco in the late 1960’s, Mr. Catero helped establish the regional chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences), and he remains the longest serving President of the local chapter.

On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Fred Catero discussed the history of sound engineering at the SPAUG General Meeting.

SPAUG Meeting
Jan 14, 2015

Lock Up Your Passwords

Safe practices on the internet require that you use multiple long and strong passwords which are hard to break and also hard to remember. Password vaults allow you to generate strong passwords and store them in an encrypted file under a single master password. They also allow you to store other sensitive information. Continue reading