Safety Plans Due – April 5
Health Permit Forms and Fees Due – April 12
Updates to your Photo, Bio, Project Description – April 28
Shipping and Special Request forms Due – May 1
Updates to Requested Resources Due – May 1
San Mateo County Food Handling Requirements
Use the Health Permit Form if you will be selling food pre-prepared packaged food or serving samples (under 2 oz.) in your exhibit space.
Health Permit Forms are to be submitted to email@example.com NOT to San Mateo County directly.
Pay the Health Permit Fee.
Special Request Form
Use the Special Request Form if your exhibit requires any special accommodations (longer set up times, storage space, heavy equipment, access to water, etc.).
General Safety Form
Use the General Safety Form if your exhibit has any safety concerns that does not involve fire or flammable materials.
E.g., makes use of tools that may be dangerous; has chemicals, gas, or other items of that nature; if your exhibit might require safety barricades; if an attendee at your exhibit might get hurt in some other way.
Fire Safety Form
Use the Fire Safety Form if your exhibit includes heat elements or fire of any size, including candles, small flames, burners, etc.
Shipping To or From Maker Faire
Use the Maker Shipping Form if you need to ship anything to or from Maker Faire.
Rules & Regulations
As guests at the San Mateo County Event Center and Fairgrounds and the local area, we must abide by all regulations of a public facility. These are designated primarily to ensure public safety, and we thank you for your cooperation in complying with these rules and regulations.
- No drilling of holes, attaching to, or painting of the floor, or any other defacement to floors or walls. When such damage occurs, the Maker is solely responsible and is liable to the owner of the property.
- Signage and/or decorations may not be taped, nailed, tacked, stapled, or otherwise fastened to any wall, ceiling, column, stone, window, drape, or painted surface in any area inside the building or on the premise without advance permission.
- No tents are allowed in any building.
- Do not insert stakes in the ground without specific permission, as it could be costly and dangerous. There may be wire or gas lines underground that will be damaged.
- No exits, fire-fighting equipment, or emergency equipment can be blocked or obstructed at any time. Fire extinguishers and fire-hose cabinets must remain visible & accessible at all times.
- Sufficient space must be provided within the booth for the comfort and safety of persons watching exhibits, demonstrations, displays, or workshops.
- Exit and Aisles: Aisles must be kept clear of all displays and equipment. Entrance and exit doors shall remain unobstructed at all times.
- Electrical Devices: All electrical devices with three-wire supply cords shall utilize “UL” ground receptacles. All electrical extension cords must be of heavy-duty three-wire construction.
- Fireproofing: All draperies, decorations, and materials must be flame-proofed in accordance with local fire code. Materials may be inspected and/or tested by the Fire Marshall at anytime.
- Hazardous material must be disclosed. All hazardous materials must be properly disposed of. Materials such as grout, mortar, tape compound, etc. cannot be poured down the facility drains. The facility will not accept dumped building materials or electronic waste; you are responsible for the removal of these items.
- Exhibit storage cartons and crates, combustible waste materials, empty cardboard boxes, etc. must be removed from the building and cannot be stored behind the back drapes or display wall.All building materials, supplies, etc. must be taken away after teardown. The facility will not accept dumped building materials or electronic waste; you are responsible for the removal of these items.
- Propane and Helium will not be permitted without prior review and approval.
- Combustibles Kept Outside: Additional supplies and inventory must be kept in closed containers and stored in a neat and compact manner.
- Food Makers need to comply with all Health Code Regulations and cannot serve samples unless arrangements have been made for permission to do so.
- Do not endanger or harm any person, property, or the environment, including all the San Mateo County Event Center property, including the parking lot, entrance ways, ticket booth areas, and other areas used by Maker Faire or its employees, contractors, agents, members, or guests.
- Management reserves the right to restrict exhibits, displays, demonstrations, presentations, or workshops that become objectionable because of noise, method of operations, materials, safety, or any other reason.
- The San Mateo County Fire Marshall reserves the right to make any final decision regarding the layouts and floor plans and has the authority to close down and/or fine any exhibit not in compliance.
Indoor Display Vehicles and Motorized Display Items: Fuel level must not exceed ¼ tank and must be less than 3 gallons. Vehicles/items must be inspected and approved before entering the exhibit building. Once located in the exhibit space, the negative battery terminal must be disconnected, and the fuel tank cap must be taped or locked.
Every participant, employee, agent, or contractor connected with the use of the premises shall abide by, conform to, and comply with all the laws of the United States, the State of California, as well as the ordinances of the City of San Mateo and all rules and regulations of the Police and Fire Departments of the City of San Mateo and the County of San Mateo and make no violation or breach of peace. Exhibits must be in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a legal requirement for public facilities. This law became effective in January 1992. It requires access for disabled persons. A Guide to the Disability Rights Laws can be found at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/cguide.pdf.
Insurance: It is your responsibility to ensure the safety and security of your exhibit and its components, visitors within your exhibit area, and your personnel. Reasonable precautions will be taken to protect your property, but Maker Media Inc., Maker Faire, and the San Mateo County Event Center assume no responsibility for any losses due to fire, theft, accident, or other causes.
Maker Faire Safety Rules
To help us produce a fun and safe environment for Makers and the many attendees, the members of our Safety Team will assist in monitoring our safety program throughout Maker Faire. All individuals who would like to participate in any interactive activity at Maker Faire are asked to read and sign a waiver.
NO DRONE FLYING at Maker Faire on the event grounds with the exception of the officially sanctioned, monitored and netted Drone event areas. Flying in these areas is by appointment only. State and local laws prohibit the use of drones at venues and events like Maker Faire unless they have been pre-approved. Safety is our number one concern.
Fire + Safety
Note: The following are industry standard rules that require full compliance.
Fire Hazard Notification & Special Permits: As a Maker, if you intend to display, operate, or use any of these items shown below, you must obtain prior approval from the Maker Faire Production Team:
Release & Consent
2019 Terms and Conditions of Participation
Provided that your application is accepted, and subject to the terms of this Participation Agreement (“Agreement”), Maker Media, Inc. (“Maker Media”) agrees that the person or organization identified below (“Maker”) may participate in Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 (“Maker Faire”). The Maker agrees to participate in Maker Faire and to comply with this Agreement. In this Agreement, “we” or “us” means Maker Media, and “you” means the Maker identified below. “Exhibit” means the display, demonstration, presentation, performance, and/or other activities and materials that you provide or present at Maker Faire. “Exhibitor Information” means all private information submitted in your Call for Makers application that is indicated as intended for public use.
Your submission of your application creates a contract that limits the liability of Maker Media Services, Maker Faire sponsors, suppliers, concessionaires, staff, booth exhibitors, and venue proprietors; and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, affiliates and owners (collectively and individually, “Promoters”).
We reserve the right to refuse your participation or reject your application without cause. If you are accepted, we may terminate this Agreement and/or your participation in Maker Faire if you violate this Agreement or the standards of conduct established by us or by the venue proprietor. You agree to all of the following provisions:
SPACE: Maker Media will assign space at Maker Faire for your Exhibit (the “Space“). Your construction, layout, and maintenance of the Exhibit must be in full compliance with this Maker Toolkit. (the “Toolkit”). Maker Media may reassign the Space or alter the Make Faire layout or venue at any time. The Space is for your use only. You may not share, sell, assign, sublease, or otherwise transfer all or any part of the Space to anyone without Maker Media’s prior written consent, which Maker Media may grant or withhold at its sole discretion. Your Exhibit must fully occupy the Space, and the Exhibit and any related activities must be confined within the Space. You are responsible for all display elements; internet, electrical and audio-visual equipment; and any other equipment or elements required for use in the Space unless Maker Media otherwise agrees in writing. You must construct the Exhibit safely using sound engineering and construction practices, and you must install, occupy, and dismantle the Exhibit in accordance with Maker Media’s schedule and the Toolkit. If Maker Media determines at any time before or during the Event that any Exhibit (or any element thereof, including any product or service) is objectionable or unsuitable for Maker Faire, Maker Media will so advise you, and you must immediately remove any objectionable or unsuitable material.
RULES and LAWS: You agree to comply with all applicable laws, the Toolkit, and any other requirements, and/or rules & regulations issued by us in connection with Maker Faire. You are responsible for obtaining any permissions required for your performance, distribution, or posting of copyrighted material; for obtaining any necessary licenses and permits (other than our permits for the Maker Faire as a whole); and for payment of all taxes (including sales and use taxes), license fees, or other charges applicable to your participation in Maker Faire.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK: By participating in Maker Faire, you assume all risks to you and your children of attending and participating in the Maker Faire. You acknowledge that Maker Faire exhibits and activities are inherently hazardous, and that risks to you and your children include physical injury, including death, and property damage and loss. You are solely responsible for supervising and controlling the children in your party and ensuring their safety.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY: You hereby release the Promoters, and each of them, from any and all liability, including but not limited to (1) damage to or loss of your property, (2) harm, injury and death to yourself and your children, and (3) all risks resulting from negligent or incorrect instruction or supervision by Promoters or anyone providing a booth or activity. This release is intended to discharge in advance all liability related to your and your children’s participation in the Maker Faire, even though that liability may arise out of negligence, carelessness, or other conduct on the part of Promoters or third parties. This release of liability applies to your successors and heirs.
LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY: You agree that we will not be liable in any way to you if we cancel or reschedule Maker Faire. You waive any claim or potential claim against us if Maker Faire is cancelled or rescheduled, and release us from any resulting or related liability, cost, expense, or damage. The Promoters will not be liable to you for damages of any kind, including but not limited to lost profits or other indirect, incidental, consequential, or exemplary damages in connection with Maker Faire and/or this Agreement, whether or not such you have been advised of the possibility of such damages or lost profits, or any damage, loss, harm, or injury to your person, property, or business except to the extent that applicable law does not permit such damage limitations.
INDEMNITY: You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Promoters, and each of them, from and against any claim, cost, expense, loss, liability, or damage incurred as the result of any third-party claim based on (i) your construction or maintenance of an unsafe Exhibit, and/or (ii) your (or your agent’s) negligence or willful misconduct, and/or (iii) your material breach of this Agreement.
PHOTOGRAPHY, RECORDINGS AND PUBLICITY RIGHTS: You acknowledge that Maker Faire, including you and the Exhibit(s), may be recorded in photographs, audio, visual, and/or audiovisual media (“Recordings”) by us and/or Maker Media licensees, and you consent to the making and use of such Recordings by us and/or Maker Media licensees for any purpose, such uses including without limitation transcription, modification, reproduction, public display, distribution, broadcast, and transmission in any form. You release Maker Media Services, and Maker Media licensees, from and waive any claims related to or arising by reason of the making and/or use of any such recordings. You grant Maker Media Services and our licensees the right to use your name, likeness, and any trade name and/or logo. The provisions of this paragraph will survive termination of this Agreement.
FILMING AT MAKER FAIRE: All media, film and photography crews must register via the Maker Faire Media Page. Photography and videography at Maker Faire Events is not permitted without press credentials and a Camera Tag provided by the Maker Faire Media Department. Press credentials and camera tags are issued at the discretions of Maker Faire and can be withdrawn at any time if misused.
USE OF YOUR INFORMATION, RECORDINGS, AND MATERIALS ON MAKER MEDIA PLATFORMS: You agree that Promoters may reproduce and display publicly for editorial and promotional purposes any written or electronic materials that you submit to us in connection with your application, as well as images and Recordings of your Exhibit (all of the foregoing, your “Project”), in and on Maker Maker Services and any other digital or print platform or medium sponsored or co-sponsored by Maker Media. You further agree that Promoters may publicly identify you in connection with your Project, including but not limited to publishing your name, location, and image. You waive any right to privacy or publicity that you may have in connection with all of the foregoing.
LICENSE. You grant to Maker Media Services and all users of its digital and print platforms and media a license to use and reproduce your Exhibitor Information and Project under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/). Additionally, to the extent permitted under applicable law, you agree not to assert any and all rights that you may have under laws worldwide that concern “moral rights” or “droit moral,” or similar rights, in connection with your Project. By agreeing to these rights, you allow others to share, redistribute, remix, transform, and build upon your Project as long as they provide attribution to you, link to the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/) and identify any changes made to your Project. You are solely responsible and liable for the consequences of posting and making your Project available and allowing others to access and/or use Your Content. You acknowledge and agree that your Project may be viewed worldwide.
MISCELLANEOUS: This Agreement (including the Toolkit and any accompanying Addendum) constitutes the final, complete, and exclusive agreement between you and us. This Agreement is made in consideration of the parties’ mutual promises contained in it. This Agreement may only be modified by the parties’ express written agreement, signed by both of them. You are an independent contractor and not our agent or employee. This Agreement will be interpreted under California law applicable to contracts made and performed by California residents in California. Any action to enforce this Agreement must be brought in the federal or state court located in San Francisco, California, and the parties agree to the exclusive venue and jurisdiction of these courts. You are not permitted to assign or otherwise transfer your rights or obligations under this Agreement to anyone else. All licenses and consents given under this Agreement are perpetual.
By submitting your application, you confirm that you have read this Agreement and that you understand and agree that your compliance with this Agreement is a condition of your participation in Maker Faire, and i) if you are signing on behalf of yourself as an individual, you warrant and represent that you are over 18 years of age, and ii) if you are signing on behalf of an organization (including a business), that you are fully authorized to execute this Agreement on behalf of the organization.