Call for Makers Maker Faire Bay Area 2018
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.
UPCOMING MAKER FAIRES
Maker Faire Bay Area, May 18, 19 & 20 2018 Details below.
World Maker Faire New York, September 22 & 23, 2018
Maker Faires around the World – Application dates vary. Both “Mini” and “Featured” Maker Faires are independently organized but licensed by Maker Media. Please see the Find a Faire Near You and apply through the individual event websites.
Maker Faire Bay Area 2018:
Event Date: May 18, 19, & 20, 2018
Location: San Mateo County Event Center
1st Round: Closes February 18 at 11:59pm PST
2nd Round: Closes February 25 at 11:59pm PST
*Applications submitted in the 1st Round are reviewed first.
Applications submitted before February 25th will be notified by the following dates.
Exhibits & Startup: March 16th
Presentation: April 6th
Performance: April 13th
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.
Late Entries: Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based on available space. Apply below.
Select an entry form from blue boxes below that best fits your participation in Maker Faire.
You may fill out more than one entry form. Upon submitting your application, you will be sent a link to your Maker Faire Portal which allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s).
An all weekend exhibit to show-off your project(s), to share how you made them, and to inspire people to make (includes Individuals, Groups, Schools, Non-Profits and Commercial Makers (see Exhibit Fees page) – more details below. Crafter vendors click here.)
A scheduled performance, usually on a stage. Set lengths vary.
A scheduled 12, 25 or 45 minute presentation, usually on a stage.
Requirements and benefits are listed in the Entry Form Types information below. Limited positions are available.
Corporate entities and/or established companies can visit our Sponsor Page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Positions fill quickly.
- Details and descriptions of the entry categories can be found below.
- You can fill out more than one application in one or more categories.
- Before starting your application, select a quality photo of your project and yourself.
- You will be able to edit your completed application using the Maker Faire Portal. A unique link will be sent to you after submitting your application.
- Makers with commercial interests or marketing intentions are asked to pay an exhibit fee .
Entry InformationTo apply, choose the entry form above which best fits your proposal: Maker Exhibit, Performance, Presentation, Startup Company, or Sponsor.
Immediately after submitting your application, you will be sent an Application Received confirmation email with your Exhibit Name and ID number. If you have not received this email, contact email@example.com.
We particularly encourage exhibits that are innovative, interactive and that highlight the process of making things.
Here are just some of the topics that we’re looking for:
- Cosplay and Costumes
- Homegrown Drones
- Design and Fabrication (both digital and analog)
- Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry Projects
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Interactive, Kinetic Art Projects (tabletop to large-scale)
- Craft (all kinds)
- E-Textiles and Wearables
- Shelters (tiny homes, tents, domes, etc.)
- Sustainability & Green Tech
- Innovative Food Makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
- Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
- Electric and Alternative-Energy Vehicles
- 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.)
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.
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.
Performance: 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.
- 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.
Startup Company: Young companies within certain criteria can apply for a discounted “startup” sponsorship package of $2500. Startup package criteria: been in operation 5 years or less, business consists of more than two and under 10 employees, privately funded or have startup capital of no more than $3 million, pre-profitable and gross sales under $1 million. Complete requirements and benefits of this opportunity are listed in the introduction of the Startup Company entry form above. Limited positions are available.
Sponsor: Corporate entities and established companies are welcomed as sponsors at Maker Faire. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please see our Sponsor page.
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. The image file should be at least 500px wide or larger and you must have rights to the image used. This image will be the public imaged used relating to your exhibit content. Logos and low-res photos do not work well. For example photos go here.
Other Ways to Participate at Maker Faire
Crafters vendors, click here to apply to SF Bazaar. Application deadline for SF Bazaar is March 12 2018.
The difference between Commercial Makers and Craft vendors: Both Commercial Makers and Craft vendors are a part of Maker Faire. The craft faire area is dedicated to people who are only selling their wares and all vendors are curated together to create a craft faire environment within Maker Faire. On the other hand, Commercial Makers exhibit in various areas of the event, demonstrating what they make and usually offer a hands-on activity; Selling is a side-addition to their DIY demonstration; selling is not the focus of their exhibit.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Happens NextAfter applying, we will send an email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, let us know: email@example.com. Acceptances are sent via email approximately 2 months before the show. Once accepted, please check out the Toolkit and other information provided to begin to plan for your participation. We will send regular Maker Newsletter updates in advance of the event.
Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow Maker Faire on Twitter, via our Maker Faire Facebook feed, and on Instagram to keep up with the latest news on makers and Maker Faire.
Have questions about the logistics of participating in Maker Faire? Please see our Maker Toolkit.
We look forward to seeing you at Maker Faire!