Amid whirring 3D printers and flashing LEDs, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán jointly opened the two-day event, which is part of the centennial celebration of Balboa Park.
The event featured steampunk devotees in costume, miniature warships battling on a makeshift pond, robots and drones of all descriptions, hands-on projects for children, and exotic creations like a flame-shooting robot that towered over the Plaza de Panama.
At a kick-off event on Friday, Dale Dougherty, the founder of the nationwide series of Maker Faires, said San Diego has taken the concept to a new level with participation by the mayor’s office, Balboa Park institutions and neighboring Tijuana.
“You are really becoming a model maker city,” Dougherty said at the Fleet Science Center.
The maker movement is a global, tech-influenced “do-it-yourself community” that has created an innovation ecosystem. City officials see parallels between the movement and San Diego’s growing innovation economy.
The event continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for a single day is $25 for adults and $15 for children.
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