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: September 21 & 22, 2013

Where: New York Hall of Science


The deadline for Maker entries has passed. We have received an unprecedented number of applications for World Maker Faire New York 2013 and are not considering any new applications at this time. However, you can still participate:
  1. If you would like to volunteer your time and make an invaluable contribution to the success of Maker Faire, please sign up for our Maker Corps at Maker Faire Program, which is a platform to enhance your skills and learn about the Maker Movement. You will have a behind-the-scenes experience, and help make the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth happen! Learn more here.
  2. Plan to come as an attendee, enjoy the show and support the Maker movement by purchasing your tickets early!

ENTRY INFORMATION

Entry Opens: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Entry Closes: Sunday, August 4, 2013
      • 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 you start your application, select a quality photo of your project and yourself.
Some tips to help navigate our new login system:
      • 1) Third-party cookies must be enabled in your browser. Find instructions here.
      • 2) If you used a social media account to register, use the same one each time you login.
If you are still having problems, email [email protected].

Application Information

We have upgraded our application system. The first step to participating in Maker Faire is to submit an entry using the appropriate link above. To apply, you will need to create a NEW Maker Media profile. The next step is filling out the Maker Faire exhibit application.

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
      • Arduino projects
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Space projects
      • Food makers
      • 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
      • Electronics
      • Electric Vehicles
      • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry projects
      • Puppets
      • Kites
      • Bicycles
      • 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. (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 someone from the Maker Faire team 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 $300 for a standard set-up (fee due September 6th). Please note, companies or commercial entities do not qualify as Commercial Makers. If you are a company or commercial entity, we have great opportunities available—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 also okay. 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 as yourself. You’ll have the opportunity in the form 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.

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

Road to Maker Faire Challenge: Presented by Esurance, the Road to Maker Faire Challenge will award one lucky maker with $2,500 to bring their project to World Maker Faire New York! You may apply with the same project you are submitting to Maker Faire. Applications are now open, and you have until August 5th to submit a project via the Road to Maker Faire Challenge website.

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

Volunteer / Maker Corps at Maker Faire Training: For information about making an invaluable contribution at Maker Faire, please stay-tuned for our Maker Corps at Maker Faire training program. Link and information coming soon.

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 World Maker Faire New York!

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