More than 500 Oracle Makers, mini Makers, and participants came together once again recently at the second Oracle Maker Faire, held at Oracle’s headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., this past November, to showcase innovation, skill, inspire great ideas and have fun.
Oracle has long been a strong supporter and sponsor of the Maker movement and the huge Maker Faire that runs every May in San Mateo, near Oracle’s headquarters in California. As regular hackers (check under the Innovation section of this blog) of new trends and technologies, we’ve fully embraced the Maker movement here at Oracle.
In hackathons and design jams organized by the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team, we have witnessed firsthand the passion and talent from Oracle Makers, so we thought it would be a great idea to provide a forum for them to share ideas. That led to the first Oracle Maker Faire in 2016. The feedback was great, so we decided to do it again in 2017.
Makie robot greets Makers at the Oracle Maker Faire.
There was a variety of demos this year: everything from robots and multiple artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning demos, to IoT factories and brewed beer, Raspberry Pi and Arduino-controlled games, apps and displays, virtual and augmented reality, arts and crafts, and SO much more. Highlights include:
- Replacing Schrödinger’s cat with fruit
- The Alice Arcade, where kids could walk up and immediately start programming with zero instructions
- Standing-room-only magic show of the future
- Interactions with robots Cosmo, Pepper and others, showing us a glimpse into the future of our relationship with helpful robots
- Saving lives with sensors
- Harry Potter-inspired magic wand dueling
- An articulate 6-year-old, telling us not to get too excited over her robotic hand entry because it was “just a prototype”
The IoT Augmented Reality (AR) factory, which drew crowds.
In addition to Maker exhibits, motivating speakers included Oracle CIO Mark Sunday, who encouraged innovative thinking and continuing to work through failed attempts. His own kids had demos at the fair: his son Jake’s Alice Arcade was running Alice software that teaches kids Java through a video game.
Oracle CIO Mark Sunday encouraged Oracle Makers to invent.
Maker Rick Perotti shows off his Raspberry pi-controlled video monitor and Arduino-controlled rocket ship control panel.
Two would-be wizards practice the modernized art of dueling wands.
Oracle was the first corporate-sponsored Maker Faire by Maker Media and Make: magazine, and we’re proud that they continue to sponsor us and see the creative minds at Oracle.