Barnes & Noble Recognizes Strategic Partners Involved in the First-Ever Retail Mini Maker Faire® at Stores Nationwide, November 6-8
Major Partners and Leaders in the Maker Movement Include XYZprinting, littleBits, Raspberry Pi and More
New York, NY – October 22, 2015 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, is recognizing its strategic partners in its one-of-a-kind Mini Maker Faire initiative that will be kicking off at stores nationwide on Friday, November 6, through Sunday, November 8. Barnes & Noble is launching the first-ever retail Mini Maker Faire through a partnership with Maker Media, publisher of Make: magazine and producer of Maker Faire. The robust program is made possible through the support of leaders in the Maker Movement that share Barnes & Noble’s commitment to tech literacy and experiential learning. They include XYZprinting, littleBits, Raspberry Pi and more; who are excited to be a part of the Maker movement as it expands to communities across America at Barnes & Noble.
“XYZprinting is thrilled to partner with Barnes & Noble to show customers nationwide that technology like 3D printing is attainable, impactful and necessary in the home, office or classroom,” said Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting. “One of our core goals is to provide communities with the tools they need to establish futures where technology is ubiquitous, and there is no better partner than Barnes & Noble – a company that already has close local and national connections, and has always been a leader in literacy and tech literacy.”
“Our mission is to empower everyone to create inventions, large and small, with our platform of electronic building blocks. Our partnership with Barnes & Noble is a natural next step in advancing that cause,” said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits. “We invite new and experienced inventors from across the country to visit their local Barnes & Noble during its Mini Maker Faire to witness firsthand how a product like littleBits can have a meaningful impact on how their local communities build, experiment and discover with electronics to reinvent their worlds.”
"We set up a non-profit organization to create the Raspberry Pi so that kids and adults everywhere could have a fun, affordable, accessible way into computing and electronic making,” said Eben Upton, CEO and founder of Raspberry Pi. “Barnes & Noble’s support through its nationwide Mini Maker Faire is invaluable in helping us spread that word and work with makers across the USA – we’re really looking forward to see what people create!”
Other major partners involved in Barnes & Noble’s Mini Maker Faire include Ozobot, Sphero, Protocol, Spin Master, ELENCO, ThinkFun, LEGO® and The Extraordinaires Design Studio.
Many of the CEOs, founders and product experts from the companies listed above will be visiting Barnes & Noble stores nationwide throughout the Mini Maker Faire. Customers should visit BN.com/meetthemakers to find out what special guests will be visiting their local store and when. Customers should also visit BN.com/MakerFaire to for more general information on Barnes & Noble’s Mini Maker Faire.
About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 647 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com) and UK (www.nook.co.uk), plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.
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About Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties