We are THRILLED to be showcasing the amazing creativity in San Diego’s binational region! It’ll be one of the highlights at this year’s event.

The El Garage Project Hub Team!

Shout out to El Garage Project Hub!

You may have seen them with us the past couple of years. Well for 2018, they really stepped up their game and have been an invaluable community partner! They took the reigns and curated the Mexicali Pavilion. Located inside the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat), this area will feature some of the fascinating projects taking place just across the border.

“Our third year participating at Maker Faire San Diego is very special for us,” said Barbara Yarza, creative director for El Garage, “because we are in charge of promoting and curating a Mexicali Pavilion, which will host a wide variety of Mexican makers. It is a great opportunity to create a link between the two countries by making and sharing experiences.”

The Mexicali Pavilionchicalibot

Located inside The Nat, this area will include:

  • Museo Sol del Nino, presenting V-RALLY: an interactive sports video game match exhibition developed by kids and teens passionate about technology and sports.
  • Institute of Cultural Research-Museum of the Autonomous University of Baja California (IIC-Museo UABC), emerged to consolidate social and cultural studies through research, teaching, and community outreach. They will offer two activities based off their permanent exhibition: Desierto, migración y frontera (desert, migration, and border), including a large world map where attendees can trace the history of their family’s migratory routes, and an activity to explore and create ancient Yuman technology.
  • Innobotics, a FIRST robotics team from Mexicali that strives to promote STEAM education, Innobotics will be presenting a robotics workshop at Maker Faire, as well as showcasing Lucy, their 2017-2018 robot who won the Gracious Professionalism Award 2018 at Monterrey, Mexico FIRST Regional!
  • Preparatoria y Universidad 16 de Septiembre – a technical high school that will be showing off the work of their students in 3D printing, maker education, engineering, and science.
  • Chicalibot is a hands-on art installation that aims to generate images through a self-acting drawing process using a mix of electronics, mechanics, and drawings. A collaboration between Mexican artist, Chaocato, and El Garage, the goal is to create and represent a special link between Mexicali and San Diego. Participants of workshops held in both cities will create a unique large-scale art piece that represents collaboration, fun and the maker essence of both cities. Add your own art to the mix!

El Garage will also host a fantastic panel discussion titled:

Developing Baja through STEAM and Maker Education. Join El Garage’s team as they explore being part of the maker movement and STEAM education development in Mexico through our social program Science Against Violence. Stay tuned to find out more about our schedule of speakers…

Be sure to check them out!

And speaking of speakers…

This year, we’re honored to have Ana Karen Ramirez, Founder and Director of Epic Queen, as a speaker during Maker Faire San Diego.

Ana Karen Ramirez, CEO and Founder of Epic Queen,

Epic Queen is a nonprofit active throughout Latin America (based mainly in Mexico), that seeks to close the gender gap by getting young women excited and involved in STEM through the maker movement. Ramirez is passionate about technology and gender equality. She is also Ambassador of Singularity University in Mexico and former student of the same, which is a program of NASA and Google. She has an MBA from EGADE Business School of Tec de Monterrey, is a member of the World Economic Forum community: “Global Shapers.” In 2017 was named in “10 Women who walk strong” by Entrepreneur magazine, and, in 2014, was named by Alta Ventures as one of the 100 best entrepreneurs in Mexico.

Her presentation will be located in The Fleet Science Center. You’ll want to check the schedule for specific times.

Are you excited? We are SO EXCITED!


If you haven’t already, be sure to get your advance tickets.

Maker Faire San Diego returns to Balboa Park on October 6-7, 10 am – 6pm. Prices go up at the gate.