Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

When: May 17 & 18, 2014

Where: San Mateo Event Center

The deadline for maker entries has passed. Good news, you can still participate:

  1. Submit a late application. We will consider it for a last-minute addition. Tell us what you would like to bring, and we will do our best to see if there is space to accommodate it. See entry form links below.
  2. Volunteer your time and make an invaluable contribution to the success of Maker Faire by signing up for our Maker Faire Traveler Program. You will have a behind-the-scenes experience, and help make the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth happen. Learn more here!
  3. Come as an attendee; enjoy the show and support the Maker Movement: Purchase tickets here!

ENTRY FORMS

Fill out the application(s) below which best fits your participation in Maker Faire.
  • Maker Exhibit – an all-weekend exhibit to demo your project(s) (includes Commercial Makers)
  • Performer – a scheduled performance, usually on a stage, set lengths vary
  • Presenter – a scheduled 10, 20 or 45 minute presentation, usually on a stage
  • Sponsor – established companies or commercial entities
  • Startup Sponsor – startup companies: <5 yrs in business, <10 employees, etc. **The Startup Application for Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 is now CLOSED. If you are interested in World Maker Faire New York 2014 or Maker Faire 2015, please submit your information through this form and we will reach out when applications are open.** .
Entry Opened: Monday, January 6, 2014
Entry Extended: Sunday, February 23, 2014 at midnight PST*
Entry Closed: Sunday, March 2, 2014 at midnight PST*
*Important: Applications received by Sunday, February 23, 2014 at midnight PST will be reviewed first. If space allows, we will review entries submitted during the extension: February 24 – March 2.

  • Further details and descriptions of these categories can be found below.
  • You can fill out more than one proposal in one or more categories.
  • Before starting your application, select a quality photo of your project and yourself.
If you have questions, email [email protected].

Entry Information

To apply, use the blue application link above which best fits your proposal: Maker Exhibit, Performer, Presenter, Sponsor, or Startup Sponsor. If you do not yet have a Maker Profile, you will be prompted to create one before you are given access to the application form. After you have created and verified your maker profile, you will be brought back to this page to gain access to the entry form.

Immediately after submitting your application, you will be sent a confirmation letter with your Exhibit Name and ID number. If you have not received this letter, contact [email protected].

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

Here are just some of the topics that we’re looking for:
      • Student projects
      • Robotics
      • Homegrown Drones
      • Arduino projects
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Space projects
      • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
      • Conductive materials projects
      • Kit makers
      • Interactive art projects
      • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
      • Textile Arts and Crafts
      • E-Textiles
      • Home Energy Monitoring
      • Rockets and RC Toys
      • Sustainability & Green Tech
      • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
      • Electronics
      • Electric Vehicles
      • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
      • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
      • Bicycles
      • Large-scale Art
      • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
      • Music Performances and Participation
      • Unusual Tools or Machines
      • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Entry Form Types

Maker Exhibit: Individuals, groups, schools and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an all-weekend exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged. For maker groups, please have one point person to coordinate your efforts. No fee for standard Maker Exhibits. Maker Exhibit can also include these two sub-types:
    • Non-Profit and Cause or Mission Based Associations, Institutions and Organizations: In an effort to respond to requests from a variety of organizations that would like to participate in Maker Faire, we have created a special category where organizations can qualify for special reduced rates to participate in Maker Faire based on their annual budget. (Please note that this fee is due for a 10 x 10 space only and does not include electrical, internet or other requirements.) Complete the Maker Exhibit Form, and we will contact you with details. This statement does not apply to makerspaces or hackerspaces, which receive free exhibit space at Maker Faire. If your organization cannot afford this fee, please continue to fill out the application, indicate you are a Non-Profit or Organization and provide details in the space indicated. We will take this into consideration while reviewing your application.
    • Commercial Makers: Individuals who would like to sell or market products along with demonstrating what they make at their maker exhibit. Submit a Maker Exhibit application and indicate that you are a Commercial Maker. There is a fee of $475 for a standard set-up (fee due May 1st). Please note, established companies or commercial entities do not qualify as Commercial Makers; we have great opportunities available for you—please see Sponsors.
Performer: Musicians and entertainers who would like to perform at Maker Faire. Performances are usually on stage and scheduled for approximately 50 minutes. Set lengths vary. Some performances in the past have been roaming and unscheduled, which is welcomed. Please mention scheduling details in your application.
    • If you need a space, away from a stage to perform many times during the weekend, fill out the Maker Exhibit application.
    • If you plan to have a scheduled performance once or twice during the faire, fill out the Performer application.
Presenter: Individuals and groups who would like to talk about an idea or project of interest to the Maker community, OR makers who are interested in demonstrating what they make and how it works in a stage setting. Presentations are typically 10, 20, or 45 minutes, with some time for Q&A. If you are applying on behalf of someone else, please register for your Maker Profile as yourself. You’ll have the opportunity in the Entry Form (following the registration) to enter your presenter’s information and remain the primary contact.

Sponsors: Companies and commercial entities are welcomed as sponsors at Maker Faire. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please see Sponsors.

Startup Sponsors: This special sponsorship package provides young companies the opportunity to benefit from the the unparalled exposure of a presence at Maker Faire. A select panel will review applications based on innovation and creativity of product or service, and will grant space to the top 16 entries. Sponsorship fees apply. Click here to review application requirements.

Entry Form Photo Information

When applying, you are required to provide a project (or presentation) photo and a bio photo. Please have these ready before you start your application.

Other Ways to Participate at Maker Faire

Crafters: If you are an indie crafter, and your primary intent is to sell your products at Maker Faire, apply to San Francisco Bazaar. SF Bazaar is an independent craft faire held within Maker Faire. Both Commercial Makers and SF Bazaar vendors are a part of Maker Faire. SF Bazaar is an area dedicated to people who are only selling their wares. Commercial Makers outside of the SF Bazaar space exhibit in various areas of the event, demonstrating what they make; Selling is a side-addition to their DIY demonstration; not the focus of their exhibit.

Volunteer / Maker Faire Traveler Program: Volunteer your time and make an invaluable contribution to the success of Maker Faire by signing up for our Maker Faire Traveler Program. You will have a behind-the-scenes experience, and help make the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth happen. Learn more here!

Food Vendors: Food concessionaires follow a different application process. Do not fill out the entry forms above. If you are interested in food vending at Maker Faire, please email details to [email protected].

What Happens Next

Immediately following your submission, you will receive and email confirming that we have your application. If you don’t receive this email, let us know: [email protected]. Acceptances are sent via email approximately 2 months before the show. Once accepted, begin to plan for your participation. We will send regular Maker Newsletter updates and your Maker Agreement in advance of the event.

Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow Maker Faire on Twitter, via our Maker Faire Facebook feed, and on G+ to keep up with the latest news on makers and Maker Faire.

We look forward to seeing you at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014!

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