makezine: Growing Up at Maker Faire

Check out's article, "Growing Up at Maker Faire." Other kid makers and I were asked to describe how Maker Faire has affected our lives. Of course, I would not have easily discovered my love for electronics, teaching, presenting in front of hundreds of people, or started my business, so I totally appreciate what Maker Faire, Dale Dougherty and Sherry Huss have done for me. Here's my excerpt from the article by Gareth Branwyn -

alt Quin gets hands-on Arduino help from The Man himself, Massimo Banzi.

Quin Etnyre (who, at 14, now runs his own company, Qtechknow, and even has his own Arduino-compatible microcontroller, the Qduino Mini): Maker Faires have been a huge part of my life. I first saw an ad in the back of Make: for MFBA, and attended my first Faire in 2011. I was 10 years old, and I was blown away by what I saw! I spent the day soldering at many different booths, and then ended up at a lecture by Massimo Banzi, talking about Arduino. I had no idea what he was talking about, but I was hooked! My dad bought me “Intro to Arduino” and an Arduino starter kit, and then I posted my first Instructable beginner Arduino project after two weeks. My business, Qtechknow, is all about Arduino-compatible boards — I love anything Arduino! I am so grateful for Maker Faires — there’s nothing else like them. I feel like there are so many people interested in what I’m interested in, all concentrated in one incredible place. I’ve found my people! It’s such a great opportunity to share with others, and to see what everyone is working on. Now, I really enjoy MakerCon, too. I have met so many great and generous people through my Faire experiences! Happy 10th Anniversary, Maker Faire!

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