Call for Makers World Maker Faire New York 2014
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 20 & 21, 2014
Where: New York Hall of Science
Entry Closed*: Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11:59pm PST*Applications submitted by the original deadline, July 20, will be reviewed first.
The deadline for maker entries has passed. Good news, you can still participate:
- 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.
- 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!
- Come as an attendee; enjoy the show and support the Maker Movement: Purchase tickets here!
ENTRY FORMSFill out the application(s) below which best fits your participation in Maker Faire.
- Details and descriptions of the entry 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.
Entry InformationTo apply, choose the form 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 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. 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 $425 fee for a standard set-up (10×10 space, 1 Table, and 2 Chairs) due September 5. Additional tables, chairs and power can be purchased when paying the standard fee. Please note, established companies or commercial entities do not qualify as Commercial Makers; we have great opportunities available for you—please see Sponsors.
- 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.
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 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 FaireCrafters: 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. Applications will be available late summer 2014. Sign up here, so you’re the first to know.
The difference between Commercial Makers and BUST Craftacular Vendors: Both Commercial Makers and BUST Craftacular vendors are a part of Maker Faire. The BUST craft area is dedicated to people who are only selling their wares. Commercial Makers 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: For information about making an invaluable contribution at Maker Faire, please check back to sign up for our Maker Faire Traveler Program. Link and information coming this summer.
Food Vendors: Concessionaires who would like to sell non-packaged, ready-to-eat food to attendees at Maker Faire follow a different application process. Do not fill out the entry forms above. If you are interested, fill out the Food Vendor Application. If you have questions, email email@example.com.
What Happens NextImmediately following your submission, you will receive and email confirming that we have your application. If you don’t receive this email, let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 2014!