Call for Makers
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.
UPCOMING MAKER FAIRES
Maker Faire Bay Area, May 20, 21, & 22, 2016
National Maker Faire, June 18 & 19, 2016
World Maker Faire New York, October 1 & 2, 2016
Maker Faires around the World – Application dates vary. Both “Mini” and “Featured” Maker Faires are independently organized but licensed by Maker Media. Please see the Find a Faire Near You and apply through the individual event websites.
Maker Faire Bay Area 2016: Application Period for Maker Faire Bay Area has passed.
Event Date: May 20, 21, & 22, 2016
Location: San Mateo Event Center
1st Round: Closed February 14 at 11:59pm PST
2nd Round: Closed February 21 at 11:59pm PST
Late Entries: Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based on available space. Apply below.
Notifications for applications submitted before February 22nd will be sent by email before the end of March 2016.
Entry InformationTo apply, choose the entry form above which best fits your proposal: Maker Exhibit, Performance, Presentation, Startup Company, or Sponsor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 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
- Home Energy Monitoring
- Rockets and RC Toys
- Sustainability & Green Tech
- Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
- Electric Vehicles
- Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
- Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
- 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 TypesMaker 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. There is no exhibitor 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 sponsorship rates to participate in Maker Faire based on their annual budget. (Please note that this fee is due for a 10 x 10 foot 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 by indicating your plans to promote or sell products at Maker Faire. There is a $500 exhibit fee for a standard set-up (an approximate 5’x10′ tabletop space, an 8′ table, 2 chairs, and event long entry passes for the Makers). Please note, startup companies, corporate entities, and established companies do not qualify as Commercial Makers; we have great opportunities available for you — please see the Startup Company entry form or the Sponsor page for information.
- 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.
Startup Company: Startup Companies that meet the following criteria can participate in Maker Faire for a reduced sponsorship fee. Startup Company criteria: been in operation 5 years or less, business consists of more than 1 and under 10 employees, privately funded or have startup capital of no more than $3 million, pre-profitable and gross sales under $1 million. Complete requirements and benefits of this opportunity are listed in the introduction of the Startup Company entry form above. Limited positions are available.
Sponsor: Corporate entities and established companies are welcomed as sponsors at Maker Faire. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please see our Sponsor page.
Entry Form Photo InformationWhen 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
The difference between Commercial Makers and Craft vendors: Both Commercial Makers and Craft vendors are a part of Maker Faire. The craft faire area is dedicated to people who are only selling their wares and all vendors are curated together to create a craft faire environment within Maker Faire. On the other hand, Commercial Makers exhibit in various areas of the event, demonstrating what they make and usually offer a hands-on activity; Selling is a side-addition to their DIY demonstration; selling is not the focus of their exhibit.
Volunteer / Maker Faire Traveler:
Food Vendors: Concessionaires who would like to sell non-packaged, ready-to-eat food to attendees at Maker Faire follow a different application process.
What Happens NextAfter receiving the Call for Makers notice and applying, we will send an email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, let us know: email@example.com. 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 Google+ to keep up with the latest news on makers and Maker Faire.
Have questions about the logistics of participating in Maker Faire? Please see our Maker Toolkit.
We look forward to seeing you at Maker Faire!