Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 Exhibit Fees
Maker Faire is not a trade show: makers who are participating with the primary motivation of sharing their project(s) are not asked to pay an exhibit fee. We provide these makers with exhibit space, tables, chairs, power, etc., at no cost to the maker and we ask that their focus remain on Show & Tell. We also support commercial makers who want to sell or market a paid product or service. These makers, however, are subject to exhibit fees ranging from $525 to $1,500 based on the exhibitor’s intentions and organization size.
Who pays exhibit fees?
- Exhibitors attending Maker Faire to market a commercial product
- Exhibitors selling or promoting a paid product or service
- Tuition-based schools and paid educational programs or camps
- Registered non-profits attending Maker Faire to promote their organization
Baseline exhibit fees
- Commercial Makers: Individuals who would like to sell or market products or services. There is a $525 exhibit fee for an exhibit space, one table, 2 chairs, and up to 4 event-long entry passes. The amount of exhibit space used for branding and commercial activities must be kept to a 5’x10′ tabletop space.
- Small Non-Profits or Mission-Based Associations: Organizations with annual operational budgets of less than $1M are asked to pay a $1,500 exhibit fee for up to a 10’x10′ exhibit space, one table, 2 chairs, and up to 4 event-long entry passes. Additional entry passes can be purchased at a highly discounted rate.
- Tuition-based K-12 Schools: Private schools are asked to pay a $1,500 exhibit fee for up to a 10’x20′ exhibit space, one table, 2 chairs, and up to 15 event-long entry passes. Additional entry passes can be purchased at a highly discounted rate.
- Tuition-based Educational Programs: After school and camp programs are asked to pay a $1,000 exhibit fee for up to a 10’x10′ exhibit space, one table, 2 chairs, and up to 10 event-long entry passes. Additional entry passes can be purchased at a highly discounted rate.
- Startups, established companies, and corporations do not qualify as Commercial Makers. We have other great opportunities available for you! Startup Companies who meet the qualifications should apply to Call for Makers; all others should submit the Sponsor Interest Form and we’ll get back to you with brand activation ideas and support.
- Non-profit, self-funded makerspaces or hackerspaces receive free exhibit space at Maker Faire.
- If your non-profit organization has an operational budget of more than $1M or if you need more flexibility in your exhibit space size or marketing opportunities, contact email@example.com or see our Sponsor Interest Form.
Accessible to all
If you have concerns about the affordability of Maker Faire for your organization, we encourage you to fill out the application and give us information about your organization and your plans at Maker Faire and we will take your situation into consideration. We do not want an exhibit fee to prevent makers from participating; we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to find the appropriate fee and help you bring your project to Maker Faire.
Marketing including signage with logos or branding is reserved for paying exhibitors and must follow our guidelines; be advised that we may ask you onsite to remove signage and branding that do meet our guidelines. These guidelines do not apply to instructional signage, which we always encourage.
Branded signage is limited up to 10 sq. ft. and 6 ft. tall.
Power is purchased separately.