Bring Your Creations to Maker Faire!

Maker Faire is inclusive of anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Makers apply to show and share as an exhibitor (regular, young maker or startup), presenter, workshop provider or performer. Topics range across engineering, science, art, food, design and craft—and most anywhere in between! Learn more in more detail about this year’s emphasis and categories we are looking for below.


Event Date: Friday through Sunday, May 17, 18 & 19, 2019
Location: San Mateo County Event Center, San Mateo, California

Application Schedule
  • 1st Round (Priority Review): Closes February 17 at 11:59pm PST
  • 2nd Round: Closes February 24 at 11:59pm PST
Applications received after February 24th will be reviewed based on available space.

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We have several ways to participate. You can fill out more than one application in one or more categories.


A dedicated exhibit space to show-off your project(s) and share how you made them.

Individuals, groups, commercial makers, and organizations that would like to demonstrate a project they made and/or how it works in an all-weekend (Friday through Sunday) exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged.

Maker Faire provides Makers that are participating purely by sharing their project and inspiring others to make with exhibit space, tables, chairs, power, entry passes, etc., at no cost to the Maker. Makers with commercial interests or marketing intentions are asked to pay an exhibit fee. Universities wishing to have a professional presence at Maker Faire, please contact our Partnerships Team at partnerships@makermedia.com.

Notification Schedule:
  • Upon submitting your application you will receive an ‘Application Received’ email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, please let us know at makers@makerfaire.com. Your ‘Application Received’ email will contain a unique link to the Maker Faire Portal which allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s).

  • Applications submitted by February 24th will be notified as to their status by March 16th

  • Applications received after February 24th will be reviewed based on available space. Please note that exhibit space at Maker Faire Bay Area is in increasingly high demand and space is limited. It is more important this year than ever before to get your application in EARLY.
To Note:
  • Exhibit applications require at least two images. One representing your project and the other(s) representing the Maker(s) or Maker Group. The images should be high quality and you must have rights to the image used. Files must be under 8MB in size and in a jpg, gif, png, or jpeg format. Square images at least 500px wide work best. If your application is accepted, these images will be used publicly on our sites to represent your participation at Maker Faire. Draft images are acceptable for your initial application, as you will be able to edit them later.

  • We ask that exhibit space be occupied for the entire event, Friday through Sunday. If you are not able to exhibit for the entire event, please still apply and indicate so in your application. We may still have opportunities for you to participate.

  • For groups of Maker exhibits, please have one point person to coordinate your efforts. Create the main exhibit application for the overall group and distribute the resultant Project ID to Makers within the group. Please submit an application for each project within the group, referencing the main Project ID in the Placement Request field. This allows each Maker project to be represented on Maker Faire sites with an individual Maker Entry Page.

  • New! School Groups: This year we are looking for schools to offer either dynamic, stand-alone projects facilitated by students, or hands-on learning experiences with students as “maker mentors”. If there are individual or small team projects students would like to show, we ask they they apply using the Young Maker application.
This application is for individual makers under 18 years of age that would like to demonstrate a project they made and/or how it works.

Cohesive projects and interactive exhibits are encouraged. Exhibitors in the Young Maker group can exhibit for a few hours up to the entire event.

As part of our Young Maker programming, we are launching a new Young Maker Awards at Maker Faire Bay Area. More details to come, but all accepted Young Maker entries will be eligible for this new program.

Notification Schedule:
  • Upon submitting your application you will receive an ‘Application Received’ email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, please let us know at makers@makerfaire.com. Your ‘Application Received’ email will contain a unique link to the Maker Faire Portal which allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s).

  • Submit your application early for priority review. Applications submitted by April 1st will be notified as to their status by April 13th

  • Applications received after April 1st will be reviewed based on available space.
To Note:
  • Young Maker exhibit applications require at least two images. One representing your project and the other(s) representing the Maker(s) or Maker Group. The images should be high quality and you must have rights to the image used. Files must be under 8MB in size and in a jpg, gif, png, or jpeg format. Square images at least 500px wide work best. If your application is accepted, these images will be used publicly on our sites to represent your participation at Maker Faire. Draft images are acceptable for your initial application, as you will be able to edit them later.

  • If you are under 18, a parent or supervising adult must be available to sign your application before it can be submitted.

  • Maker Faire provides Makers that are participating purely by sharing their project and inspiring others to make with exhibit space, tables, chairs, power, entry passes, etc., at no cost to the Maker. Makers with commercial interests or marketing intentions are asked to pay an exhibit fee.
A scheduled performance, usually on a stage. Set lengths vary.

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 welcomed. Please mention scheduling details in your application.

Notification Schedule:
  • Upon submitting your application you will receive an ‘Application Received’ email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, please let us know at makers@makerfaire.com. Your ‘Application Received’ email will contain a unique link to the Maker Faire Portal which allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s).

  • Submit your application early for priority review. Applications submitted by April 1st will be notified as to their status by April 13th

  • Applications received after April 1st will be reviewed based on available space.
To Note:
  • If you need a space, away from a stage to perform many times during the weekend, please 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.

  • Performance applications require at least two images. One representing your performance at Maker Faire and the other(s) representing the Performers(s) or Group. The images should be high quality and you must have rights to the image used. Files must be under 8MB in size and in a jpg, gif, png, or jpeg format. Square images at least 500px wide work best. If your application is accepted, these images will be used publicly on our sites to represent your participation at Maker Faire. Draft images are acceptable for your initial application, as you will be able to edit them later.

A scheduled 12, 25 or 45 minute presentation, usually on a stage.

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.

Notification Schedule:
  • Upon submitting your application you will receive an ‘Application Received’ email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, please let us know at makers@makerfaire.com. Your ‘Application Received’ email will contain a unique link to the Maker Faire Portal which allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s).

  • Applications submitted by February 24th will be notified as to their status by March 30th

  • Applications received after February 24th will be reviewed based on available presentation slots.
To Note:
  • Presentation applications require at least two images. One representing your presentation content and the other(s) representing the Presenters(s) or Group. The images should be high quality and you must have rights to the image used. Files must be under 8MB in size and in a jpg, gif, png, or jpeg format. Square images at least 500px wide work best. If your application is accepted, these images will be used publicly on our sites to represent your participation at Maker Faire. Draft images are acceptable for your initial application, as you will be able to edit them later.

  • Presentations are typically 12 or 25 minutes; Panel Discussions are allocated 45 minutes (with 5-10 minutes additional for Q&A).

  • If you are applying on behalf of someone else, you’ll have the opportunity in the Entry Form to enter public-facing presenter information and remain the primary contact.
Apply here to give a hands-on workshop during Maker Faire.

Individuals and groups who would like to teach a scheduled a workshop during Maker Faire.

Notification Schedule:
  • Upon submitting your application you will receive an ‘Application Received’ email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, please let us know at makers@makerfaire.com. Your ‘Application Received’ email will contain a unique link to the Maker Faire Portal which allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s).

  • Applications submitted by February 24th will be notified as to their status by March 30th

  • Applications received after February 24th will be reviewed based on available space.
To Note:
  • Workshops are expected to be 1, 1.5 or 2 hours in duration, with an average of 10 minutes on either side for set up and break down. We can also entertain longer workshops; please indicate your preference in the application.

  • Workshop applications require at least two images. One representing your workshop topic and the other(s) representing the workshop lead. The images should be high quality and you must have rights to the image used. Files must be under 8MB in size and in a jpg, gif, png, or jpeg format. Square images at least 500px wide work best. If your application is accepted, these images will be used publicly on our sites to represent your participation at Maker Faire. Draft images are acceptable for your initial application, as you will be able to edit them later.

  • Companies and individuals are both encouraged to apply. Companies will be subject to a workshop sponsorship fee, if accepted our partnership team will be in touch with more information.

  • Workshops will be promoted in advance with separate ticketing. Workshop registration will require a fee to ensure attendance.
Young companies meeting the criteria below can apply for a discounted “startup” sponsorship package of $2500. Startup Criteria:

  • Been in operation for 5 years or less at the time of sponsorship
  • Business consists of more than 2 and under 10 employees
  • Privately funded or have Startup capital of no more than $3 million, pre-profitable and gross sales under $1 million/li>
  • Startups are limited to a maximum of 3 entries as Startup at Maker Faire
The Startup Sponsorship package includes the following benefits:
  • Up to a 10×10′ ft booth space
  • A table, 2 chairs, 5amps of power, and 4 weekend staff passes
  • Marketing benefits for sponsors include: Company listing on the sponsorship page, inclusion in the online Maker Faire Meet the Makers directory
Limited positions are available.

Notification Schedule:
  • Upon submitting your application you will receive an ‘Application Received’ email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, please let us know at makers@makerfaire.com. Your ‘Application Received’ email will contain a unique link to the Maker Faire Portal which allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s).

  • Applications submitted by February 24th will be notified as to their status by March 16th

  • Applications received after February 24th will be reviewed based on available space.
Corporate entities and established companies are welcomed as sponsors at Maker Faire and do not apply using the applications above. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please see our Sponsor page or contact partnerships@makermedia.com. Positions fill quickly..

What’s New


Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 offers expanded opportunities to provide scheduled and drop-in workshops, and more young maker opportunities. Proposals for large scale, immersive experiences are welcome — including for our Dark Room.

The latest in robotics, electronics and digital fabrication are core to Maker Faire. Growing categories include architecture and design, woodworking, mixed reality, AI, and cosplay. We are also particularly interested in projects and startups focused explicitly on climate protection.

As always, we encourage applications that are interactive and highlight the process of making things.

Here are just some of the specific topics that we’re looking for:

  • Robotics
  • Electronics
  • Design and Fabrication (both digital and analog)
  • Shelters (tiny homes, tents, domes, etc.)
  • Cosplay and Costumes
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Sustainability & Green Tech
  • Innovations pertaining to Climate Protection
  • Woodworking
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mixed and Augmented Reality
  • Food Makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
  • Homegrown Drones
  • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry Projects
  • Interactive, Kinetic Art Projects (tabletop to large-scale)
  • Craft (all kinds)
  • E-Textiles and Wearables
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Puppets, Kites, Toys and Other Whimsical Creations
  • Music Performances and Participation
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.)


For examples of exceptional past Maker Faire Bay Area projects, please see our Maker Faire Bay Area archive and Maker Faire Ribbon Awards pages.

Get Inspired! Watch the 18 best global Maker Faire videos from 2018.

Keep Track of Maker Faire:Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow @MakerFaire on Twitter and Instagram, and via our Maker Faire Facebook feed to keep up with the latest news on makers and #MakerFaire.

Other Ways to Participate at Maker Faire

Volunteer / Maker Faire Traveler: Sign up to help on the Traveler Program page.

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, email food@makerfaire.com.