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Tech Entries for San Mateo County Fair


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May 10 Deadline Fast Approaching for Tech Entries for San Mateo County Fair: June 11 – 19
hashtag: # SMCF2016

20 April 2016 – San Mateo, CA: Mark Zuckerberg, are you listening? Tim Cook, are you looking for that next great invention or engineer? This year, such innovative talent may just be found at The San Mateo County Fair ( Over nine days, June 11 – 19, some of the Bay Area’s brightest-and-best young innovators will compete for prizes in the exploding technology and industrial arts division. The deadline for entries is May 10, with full information online at this direct link:

“Tradition really does meet innovation here at the San Mateo County Fair,” said Chris Carpenter, SVP and General Manager of the San Mateo County Event Center, noting the event’s new initiative to focus on offerings related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). “We are committed to providing a unique experience that not only entertains, but that educates.”

In bygone days, teenagers and youth participants entered contests to score agricultural and culinary prizes. While that still takes place, in 2016 the emphasis is less on hog-tying and more on hashtags; less about whipped cream desserts and more about web design.

“Technology is an inextricable part of our culture, providing convenience, entertainment, information and security,” said Dana Stoehr, COO of the Fair. “Our New Technology department aims to identify, explore and showcase how new technologies are being implemented and utilized today. We hope to engage fair goers in a demonstration of the technologies of today and tomorrow.”

Some of the contest areas for this year’s fair include video production, web page design, duct tape and life hacks. All are part of the San Mateo County Fair’s increased focus on technology and education that began in 2011. In addition, the Fair features a “Super Science” area including numerous games and puzzles for youth, that are hands on while educational.

“San Mateo is at the very heart of the Bay Area’s creative epicenter,” agreed Kaitlyn Bailey-Findley, Assistant Fair Manager. “We hope to increase our technology and industrial arts divisions over the next few years. The people that enter the tech divisions of the San Mateo County Fair today really are the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”

The San Mateo County Fair — “Where Tradition Meets Innovation” — is The Peninsula’s premier, community event for family fun and entertainment: June 11 – 19, 2016. Visit often for regular updates, contest rules, schedules, promotions, and information.