How to Make a Maker Faire
Mini Maker Faires are independently produced celebrations of local maker culture. Our Mini Maker Faire program provides tools and resources to help others to make a Maker Faire event that reflects the creativity, spirit and ingenuity of their community.
The first Maker Faire started in 2006 in San Mateo, California, organized by the editors of MAKE magazine. Our Bay Area event just completed its ninth year, and has grown into a weekend-long celebration featuring 900+ Makers and attracting over 130,000 visitors. Our other flagship event takes place in New York City, this year with 600+ Makers, and 75,000+ attendees. Other larger-scale “featured” Maker Faires take place in Detroit, Atlanta, Kansas City, Orlando, Silver Spring, Milwaukee, Tokyo, Shenzhen, Oslo, Trondheim, Rome and Newcastle.
However, the idea of Maker Faire can work at almost any scale.
In its simplest form, Maker Faire creates opportunities for conversations with Makers. Tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs all come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned. It is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker, and connect with people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” — fun, engaging, and exciting.
It is a special experience, but the fundamental design of the event is one that can be reproduced almost anywhere. Thus we have built a Mini Maker Faire licensing program where interested organizations and individuals can apply to organize a Mini Maker Faire in their own communities. In 2013 there were 100 Maker Faires around the world; in 2014 we may come close to 150.
To organize a Mini Maker Faire, you must apply for and receive a license. Before applying, please take the time to read through Vision, Planning, Process, Guidelines and Resources carefully. We sincerely look forward to learning more about your maker community, and helping you to celebrate and nurture it.