After 2013’s BLOXcon took us around the world, there has been rumor and speculation as to where we’re going this year, and, more importantly, what we’ll be doing.
We considered not only the many, many (many) requests to come to a city near you (and that’s a lot of cities), but we also wanted to take an approach that will provide a much broader reach overall for the ROBLOX brand and provide greater exposure to potential new players and builders. We met with more than 3,000 people last year at our events; this year, we’re going for more than 100 times as many!
So we will be traveling, as always, though your BLOXcon experience will take the form of something new and exciting: BLOX Faire. And chances are that we’ll be doing something in a city close to you — as part of a Maker Faire.
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Maker Faires are huge events that celebrate invention, creativity and ingenuity, spanning numerous platforms and form factors. We share a distinct interest in these ideals, and feel that Maker Faire events are a great way to introduce our platform to a wider audience who are passionate about building and creating.
Maker Faires happen all around the world throughout each and every year — to start, we’ll have pretty much our entire staff at Maker Faire Bay Area (May 17th & 18th), and we’ll be sending people to the world Maker Faire in New York City (September 20th & 21st) as well. At each of these two flagship Maker Faires, we’ll have a full-blown booth populated by lots of staff members, so if you want to come by and meet us this year, that’s where we’ll be! But wait, there’s more.
This year, we’ve decided to sponsor player-run booths at up to 28 Mini Maker Faires across the US, Canada and England. We want you to find your nearest Mini Maker Faire, and represent ROBLOX. We will provide everything you need to create your very own BLOX Faire, including space, tables, chairs, t-shirts, decorations, internet access and full admission to the Faire. We need at least eight volunteers per location to consider sponsorship — if this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, check out this map to start, and find which Mini Maker Faires are closest to you. If you’re nearby and willing to take part in this, fill out this brief survey to sign up!
And here’s a bonus: if you can gather more than 20 people to run a booth at your respective Maker Faire, we will send a ROBLOX admin to hang out in the booth with you, wherever it happens to be!
Let’s touch on the basics:
Who: YOU. Represent ROBLOX at one of 28 Maker Faires throughout the globe! Or come visit staff in NY or here in the Bay Area!
What: BLOX Faire! ROBLOX booths run by users at Maker Faires everywhere! Show off ROBLOX and Studio to the other attendees of the Faire.
When: That depends! Our huge staff-run booth will be at the Bay Area Maker Faire on May 17th & 18th. There will be a staff- and player-run booth at World Maker Faire in New York City on September 20th & 21st (so if you’re in the NYC area, we’d love your help there!). Use the map above — click the red dots — to find out when Mini Maker Faires are happening in the areas nearest you.
By the way, we still plan to have a massive Virtual BLOXcon this summer — stay tuned for details about this awesome event. Virtual BLOXcon will be our showcase this year for new feature previews, live Q&A (which of course we’re also doing on our monthly BLOXcasts), and other surprises yet to be revealed. So whether you’re attending online or at a Maker Faire near you, there will be ample opportunity to see us soon!