Celebrating technology, education, community engagement, and 10-years of Maker Faire.
From May 11th through May 15th and leading up to Maker Faire, taking place May 16th and 17th at the San Mateo County Event Center, the San Mateo community is invited to participate in San Mateo Innovation Week – a week-long event recognizing all that makes San Mateo an innovative and creative place to work, live, play and learn.
San Mateo has a history of being an innovative city and has attracted entrepreneurs since the gold rush. In 1849 Nicolas de Peyster, an early innovator recognized a business opportunity. Moving into the former abandoned mission outpost building along San Mateo Creek, he opened the first road house between San Francisco and San Jose. Its location, mid-way between the two cities, made de Peyster wildly successful and the location set the foundation for what is now Downtown San Mateo.
Nearly 15-years later the railroad was constructed and San Mateo boomed. It’s booming again! Entrepreneurs continue to locate in San Mateo for its central location and the rail corridor is influencing new development throughout the community as it did more than 150 years ago. However, innovation and creativity takes place in all sectors of our community. Innovation Week provides an opportunity to highlight the ideas and programs our schools, organizations, and people bring to the community and it will spark a dialogue about the ways San Mateo can continue to thrive while maintaining its character.
Innovation Week opens at Draper University’s Hero City on May 11th with a reception hosted by the San Mateo Economic Development Growth Enterprise (the EDGE) to recognize contributions of local tech companies and property owner Joe Sully. The EDGE will present a San Mateo Visionary Hero Award to Edmodo and ROBLOX for the contributions these companies have made to education and encouraging kids to code. Sully will also receive this award to acknowledge his third avenue property as an incubator for many start-up companies.
As part of the Downtown Engagement process, the City of San Mateo will host a Downtown Future Forum on Wednesday, May 13th. A Downtown For All: Exploring Community Gathering Spaces focuses on innovative ways to create and make better use of public gathering spaces. Representatives from Street Labs Collaborative and SiteLab Productions will share the way communities are re-imagining public spaces.
On Thursday, May 14th, Burning Man returns to San Mateo to explore the strategies, techniques and philosophies that inspire people to engage with their communities. Maker Cities: Inspiring Engagement, Dialogue, and Participation features Burning Man co-founder and former City Manager of Black Rock City, Harley Dubois as well as Ashley Trim, Assistant Director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University.
The week also includes a STEM Faire hosted by iZone, a partnership between the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Full Circle Fund on Wednesday, May 13th and on Friday, May 15th the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center will sponsor an ADRx panel discussion focusing on innovations in conflict resolution.
“Innovation Week provides an opportunity for the San Mateo community to create a conversation and explore methods of problem solving,” says Marcus Clarke, Economic Development Manager. “In working with community partners we have been able to create a spirited and thought provoking schedule that will capture the attention of the San Mateo community and beyond.”
Innovation Week is sponsored by the City of San Mateo and the San Mateo EDGE, and is organized in partnership with the County Office of Education and Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. For more information and for the complete schedule of events please visit the San Mateo Innovation Week website. Most of the events are free and open to the public.