Sponsor Toolkit Maker Faire Bay Area 2018

May 18, 19 & 20, 2018 San Mateo Event Center | 1346 Saratoga Drive | San Mateo, CA 94403

Welcome Sponsors! This is your resource center and primary guide as you plan and prepare for Maker Faire. Leading up to the show, you’ll also be receiving email communication and deadline reminders from us. The Maker Faire Sponsor Relations team is here to support your planning efforts and on-site activation. Email us at: sponsorrelations@makermedia.com.
We update the toolkit frequently. If you can’t find the information you need, please check back. Significant updates will be made by mid April.

Checklists & Deadlines Checklists & Deadlines

  Immediate: Make hotel reservations with our partner hotels.
  Immediate: Promote Maker Faire with web badges and flyers.
  April 7: Login to the Maker Faire Portal and complete order forms.
  April 7: Booths with fire or safety concerns, submit a General or Fire Safety Plan.
  April 9: If applicable to your booth, submit Health Permit form.
  April 23: Deadline to order Booth Services through online form (includes: internet, electrical and secruity).
  May 7-11:   Booth location and event maps shared.
  May 11: Certificate of Insurance submitted.
  May 14: Last day shipments accepted at SLI Freight Advanced Warehouse.
  May 15: Make sure complimentary guest tickets have been distributed.
  May 15: All staff registered for Entry Passes.
  May 16-18: Direct to show-site shipments accepted.
  May 17: Arrive for check-in and set-up!

Preparing for Maker Faire Preparing for Maker Faire

The Sponsor Toolkit is designed to help you navigate the logistics of Maker Faire, and most importantly, to help make your involvement in Maker Faire a positive and memorable event. Leading up to the show, you will receive email communications which are designed to keep you informed of updates and deadlines. Please forward these emails to all your appropriate team members.

Together we can make Maker Faire a truly unique, educational, safe, and extraordinary experience for all by adhering to the rules and regulations outlined in this Toolkit.

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is unlike any standard trade show or conference — it is a fun, interactive maze of demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, and displays. We strive to keep it environmentally friendly and simple in design. Makers exhibits include individuals sharing their creations, large-scale art, makerspaces, school groups and organizations showcasing their inventions. As a sponsor, your company directly supports these Makers coming to the event and allows them to share and inspire through their innovative projects. Learn more about the history of Maker Faire here.

Using your Maker Faire Portal

Your Maker Faire Portal is an online tool providing access to order forms and management of your information specific to exhibiting at Maker Faire.

Login to the Maker Faire Portal at any time to edit your Maker Faire Entry information such as your booth description and other public facing information about your entry. Closer to the event when prompted, you can obtain your staff entry passes and attendee tickets there.

Once the Sponsor Entry Form is created or a Start Up Sponsor Application is accepted, you will be prompted to Login (prior users) or Sign Up (new users) for the Maker Faire Portal.

Promote Maker Faire

Promote your presence at Maker Faire! Web banners, flyers, and logos available on the Promote page.

“Meet the Makers” Website Inclusion

Attendees use the Maker Faire Meet the Makers online directory to find exhibits at Maker Faire. Complete the public information in the Sponsor Info Form for your company to be included. This is the place to share your message and activities directly with makers and attendees!

Media Activities

You are asked to share the details of any launches or announcements planned for Maker Faire in the Sponsor Entry Form. This information is referenced by our marketing and content teams in preparing for and tracking all activities happening at the event. It is your responsibility to promote activities, invite press contacts to register, share announcements and make connections. The Maker Faire marketing and content teams may re-post or cover activities at their own discretion.

Film/Photography and Media Registration

All media, film and photography crews must register via the Media Registration page. Professional photography and videography at Maker Faire is not permitted without credentials and a Camera Tag provided by the Maker Faire Media Department. Complete the registration and you will be emailed instructions.

Presentation and Speaking Opportunities

Anyone may submit an application to speak through the Presentation Form on the Call for Makers page. Presentations are reviewed and accepted by the content team and are not related to sponsorship. Late applications are often considered; please let us know if you are submitting a proposal after the deadline.

Selling and Lead Generation

Sponsors are allowed to sell directly from their booth as long as they are licensed to sell in the state and following state tax laws.

Maker Faire is a festival environment, and does not use lead generation devices. Please plan for an alternative methods for collection of contact info. Incentivizing with raffles, giveaways, etc. can be effective. It’s important to NOT rely on WiFi, to ensure there are no interruptions in obtaining your data.

Food and Beverage Policies

Health Permit

Food and beverages samples may not be given away without first completing the following Health Permit forms and fees by the deadlines:

Event Refreshment
Concession stands will be open during the show and the cafeteria will be open for setup on Friday. In addition, a Maker Lounge will be available to all sponsors and staff (with credentials) to purchase food and avoid regular concessionaire food lines. Menu available at check-in.

Certificate of Insurance

DEADLINE: May 11th

Please submit proof of insurance coverage through event dates, according to the requirements outlined as a task within your Sponsor Portal.

Travel + Transportation Travel + Transportation

Hotel Accommodations

Don’t delay, reserve your Maker Faire Bay Area hotel rooms today. Hotel rooms are limited!

Maker Faire partner hotels, rates, and reservation info is available on the Where to Stay page. Early booking is strongly recommended to secure your room as availability and discounted rooms are limited. Most hotels have shuttles to the event site.

We recommend that all sponsors stay at the Pullman Hotel, formally the Sofitel.

Nearby airports are San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland Airport (OAK), and San Jose Airport (SJC).

Weather and Packing Tips

The average high temperature in the Bay Area this time of year is 74° F, but it can get chilly in the morning and at night. In the case of rain, the show will go on! You are responsible for providing any supplies needed during the event. We recommend bringing any of the following: Tarps and containers to protect product/equipment in case of rain (if outside); packing materials/tape, shipping labels (FedEx, etc.), duct tape, zip ties, scissors, extra boxes, cleaning supplies and paper towels, extension cords and surge protectors, hand sanitizer, a reusable water bottle, comfortable shoes, a jacket, light rain gear, hat and sunscreen, device chargers. Note: there are no printing or computer services available on-site.

Getting to Maker Faire



Make: magazine Subscriptions

Sponsorships include a number of 1-year corporate subscriptions to Make: magazine. Complete the subscription information for your issues through the Maker Faire Sponsor Portal tasks.

Exhibit Planning Exhibit Planning

Maker Faire is anything but a standard trade show environment! It is an action-packed festival; an interactive maze of demonstrations, exhibits, and workshops, where attendees can explore, play, and learn. We strive to keep the show environmentally friendly and simple in design. We recommend keeping your booth decoration costs low and focusing on interactive, inspiring activities and displays. Maker Faire attendees want to learn your company’s Maker story, speak to your engineers, see your product or service in action, and participate in hands-on activities and stimulating conversations! The most engaging booths at Maker Faire allow attendees to have a positive, involved experience with the company and brand, rather than simply selling products or handing out materials. Attendees are the thinkers, inventors and makers of today and, more importantly tomorrow. Maker Faire is an opportunity to make an impression on this diverse crowd that will carry beyond the show, into the world and into the future. Because of the unique environment of the event, it is important to be aware of the following guidelines and to inform the Maker Faire team of your booth activities and set-up plans in advance.

Exhibit Guidelines

  • Sponsorship packages include floor space only, with the exception of Start Up Sponsors
    Which includes a 10’x10′ space, (1) 8′ table, (2) chairs, 5 amps of power, and 4 staff passes.
  • Booth numbers are only used for production purposes. It is important to note, booth numbers are not displayed or published and, therefore, not referenced by attendees.
  • Booth locations will be referenced by Zones within the event.
  • Booth locations will be shared 2-3 weeks prior to the event. We appreciate your patience as we finalize all placements!
  • For back walls, chain link fence is used for booths smaller than 20’x20′. You are welcome to hang signage and materials from the fence (ensuring the fencing is not harmed and the material is not heavy). Don’t forget the zip ties!
  • Chain link fencing is used as partitions for booths smaller than 20’x20′. You are welcome to hang signage and materials from the fencing (ensuring the fencing is not harmed). Don’t forget the zip ties!
  • No other companies but the Sponsor Company listed on the contract, or the StartUp Company who applied and was accepted, are allowed to exhibit in the booth space or display signage and marketing materials without prior approval.
  • If you are working with an outside contractor for the booth set-up, please make sure they are in accordance with the regulations in this Toolkit and are in communication with the Maker Faire team prior to the event.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 Event Center assume no responsibility for any losses due to fire, theft, accident, or other causes.

Size and Height

  • All booth elements, including signage, may not exceed 6 feet in height unless approved in advance. (You may be asked to take down any signage exceeding the limit if not previously approved.)
  • Booth footprint cannot exceed size agreed upon in contract and exhibit materials cannot reside outside of the booth space or in aisles.
  • Pop up tents are not allowed inside the buildings and must be securely weighted with appropriate amount of sandbags at each leg if outside.

Signage and Branding

  • Ensure booth signage is well-secured and does not exceed the height limitations, exist outside of the booth, or impede walkways.
  • Do not hang signage directly on tents that are shared with other exhibitors.
  • Balloons are not allowed at Maker Faire, unless approved prior to event.
  • Usage of any Maker Faire logos or marks should be approved in advance.

Photo Examples

Check out photos of Maker Faire, Makers, and Booth Examples for inspiration!

Sustainability and Disposal

It is a priority for Maker Faire to reduce the environmental impact of all aspects of production, particularly in regards to recycling and reusing materials at the event. Limit your disposable and paper giveaways, use recyclable materials in your booth displays, and create options for reusing your materials. We encourage you to consider the environment and use sustainable or re-usable materials in your booth build and any distribution materials.

  • Disposable items and overuse of paper marketing materials are discouraged.
  • It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to arrange the proper disposal and removal of booth materials. Materials and unseparated waste left behind in the booth will result in a fine. If you have any special items you are unsure of how to dispose of, please contact us in advance of the show.
  • We do not allow separate waste bins in the booth, as it becomes mixed and no longer recyclable. Recycling, paper, bottles and glass, non-toxic waste, and general trash receptacles will be available. If you require extra trash stations near your booth, let us know.
  • During set-up & teardown, separate recycling and waste into bags (available at service desk) and break down all cardboard. Leave at the side of the aisles for after-hours pickup.
  • The cleaning crew will complete a clean sweep of the aisles after 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Items left in the aisles will be picked up as trash. The janitorial crew will not enter your exhibit area to clean. Booth cleaning services can be ordered through the Booth Service Order Form.

Booth Placement

The Maker Faire team carefully curates the placement of over 1,000 Maker and Sponsor exhibits, grouping them by general theme or activity across the event site’s various Zones. The layout changes slightly every year based on the types of exhibits.

Final locations and maps are shared 2-3 weeks before the event, but general placement information can often be provided earlier by request.

Booth numbers are only used for production purposes and not referenced by the public. The Zone where the booth is located can be included on materials for reference. Attendees can also find booths by using the Maker Faire website or inquiring at an Info Booth.

Booth Layouts

For booths 20’x20’ and larger, a booth layout must be submitted, indicating the following:

  • Booth orientation (location of aisles and open sides) Contact us for specifics.
  • Total height of booth elements and signage, including location of any walls or structures
  • Entrance/exits indicated (for booths 20’x20′ and larger)
  • Electrical and Internet distribution locations, if not standard back of booth. *Custom distribution will have additional labor costs.

  • Optional templates to use are available here.

Drone Flying

NO DRONE FLYING is allowed at Maker Faire 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. Contact us if you need assistance building a drone cage for your booth.

Order Forms & Services Order Forms & Services

Furniture & Equipment

Rossi Expositions Inc. is the official service contractor for all of your Maker Faire Furniture & Equipment Needs. Rossi has an online catalogue of items that have been pre-approved for exhibiting at Maker Faire Bay Area ‘18. The main contact of your Entry Form will receive an email notification with login credentials for easy access to the online catalogue of Rossi products, and you will be able to order direct through their online portal. If you have issues with accessing the Rossi Portal for online ordering please email the Rossi support team at info@rossiexpo.com. Below is a general list of items that can be found in the online Rossi catalogue, and rented through their online portal here.

  • Tables & Chairs
  • Signage & Banners
  • Audio / Visual
  • Full Booth Buildouts

  • Furniture will be dropped in your booth for setup. If items are missing, please let us know right away. There are no refunds for items ordered but not used. Do not take furniture from other areas or booths.

    Booth Services

    Booth services must be ordered in advance through your Maker Faire Portal. The Booth Services Order Form will require the Entry ID and Contact Email for access. Late orders and changes will incur late fees and on-site requests are subject to availability. StartUp Sponsors – one 8’ table, two chairs, and 5 amps of power is included in your package. Additional services can be ordered from the Booth Services Order Form. Order Deadline: April 23 Payment for booth services is due in advance of the event. Please provide your company billing information in the form. An invoice for payment, by check or wire, will be emailed approximately 1 week after submitting the order form. Below is a list of Items ordered through your portal and considered booth services.
    • Electrical
    • Dedicated Internet / WiFi
    • Miscellaneous
    Electrical drops will be located at the back of the booth space, unless indicated otherwise on a booth layout that you provide. Drops may be shared with a neighboring booth; please make sure you are only using the number of outlets ordered. Please bring or rent surge protectors and extension cords. Electricity is on during set up and show hours. Electricity is generator run and will be available 30 minutes prior to show opening and turned off 30 minutes after show closing. If you require power at any other time, including 24-hour service, please notify us in advance. Additional charges apply.
    If your booth activities rely on Internet connectivity, it is essential that you order dedicated Internet services for your booth via the Sponsor Order Form. Maker Faire is a challenging environment in which to provide Internet, especially over WiFi. While you are free to deploy your own WiFi, our technical team is familiar with the event and can work with you to set up and troubleshoot your network in order to mitigate interference. We would be happy to schedule a consultation with our technical team in advance to ensure that your network needs are met.

    Shipping & Material Handling

    SLI Freight is the official provider of all material handling and drayage services at Maker Faire. SLI also offers complete shipping logistics for domestic and international shipments. We highly recommend working with SLI to manage your complete shipping needs, especially for materials dealing with customs. If you decide to use your own carrier, you must still arrange material handling and schedule a delivery date through SLI.

    SLI Freight Contact Info:
    • Contact: Sammy Bensasi
    • Office: +1.954.748.6874 ex. 25
    • Mobile: +1.954.554.7326
    • Email: bensasi.S@sli-inc.com
    Shipping Info Kit and Forms:
    Inbound Shipments and Deliveries: Tips:
    • Ship to the Advance Warehouse for lower material handling costs and to ensure your materials are onsite when you arrive.
    • Schedule Show Site deliveries prior to set-up day (Sept 19-22) to avoid waiting. (Items received on set-up day will take time to deliver to your booth.)
    • Palletize and crate items whenever possible for ease and economy. Single boxes will not be delivered to booth until requested by an on-site representative for security reasons.
    Inbound Shipments by own carrier:
    • Advance Warehouse Arrival Dates: April 18 – May 14
    • Show Site Arrival Dates: May 16 – 18

    Outbound Shipments and Pickups:

    All outgoing shipments and pick-ups requiring a forklift must be scheduled for Monday, May 21st only from 9am – 3pm. No freight pickups on Sunday.

    Outbound Shipments Through SLI:

    Make arrangements with SLI Freight to manage your shipment back to the point of origin or to the next show. SLI staff on-site will handle all of your needs!

    Outbound Shipments by own carrier:
    • Complete a Bill of Lading Outbound Shipping Form in advance, or pickup on-site at the Sponsor Service desk. Forms must be returned by 7:30pm on Sunday, May 20th (or emailed in advance).
    • Arrange pickup with your carrier for Monday, May 21st. Carriers (FedEx, UPS, etc.) will not pickup items not on their scheduled list.
    • Complete pack up and label all of your materials, and leave in your booth space. You will need to bring packing materials, tape, labels, pallet wrap, etc.

    For the easiest process, use SLI Freight as your shipping carrier to make sure your materials get back home or to the next event. SLI Freight representative will be onsite to handle all of your outbound shipping needs.


    All shipments and deliveries requiring unloading, delivery to the booth, and/or storage of empties, will incur material handling fees. Personal vehicles not requiring unloading assistance or storage of empties will not have material handling costs. Accessible storage outside of the booth for product, swag, etc. is only available in exceptional cases for an additional cost, and must be arranged by May 4th. Make plans to store personal items and swag in your booth.

    Maker Faire Creative Services Team

    Our Creative Services Team is an extension of the Maker Faire Production team, offering booth design and build out services, including graphics, flooring, and specialty furniture. Our goal is to provide our partners a streamlined service to promote the design of booths that are creative, reasonably priced, and unique to Maker Faire. Contact us to discuss your creative ideas, big or small, or to request items not listed in our standard Booth Services Order Form by emailing us at sponsorrelations@makermedia.com.


    Maker Faire will have roaming perimeter security guards on-site 24 hours a day. If you have additional security needs for your booth, you can order dedicated booth security at your preferred times through the online Security Order Form. If you have any questions regarding securing security, please email Mark at mark@praetorianusa.com. We recommend taking valuables back to the hotel and securely storing booth materials under tables or out of sight. Maker Media, Inc. and the San Mateo Event Center will not be held responsible for lost or damaged property at any time. You are urged to maintain full insurance coverage for loss of your property.

Onsite Preparation Attendee Tickets & Staff Passes

Sponsor Staff Passes and Attendee tickets that come with your sponsorship package will be made available by mid April.

Complimentary Attendee Tickets

Sponsorship packages include a number of one-day attendee tickets to share with customers, clients, employees and friends. Tickets must be registered for in advance online and brought to the attendee entrance gates during public show hours.

    How to Access Attendee Tickets:
  • Once the Sponsor Info form has been updated and the status is “Accepted”, you will gain access to your company complimentary Attendee Tickets and Staff Entry Passes through the portal.
  • Click "Get Your Entry Passes and choose attendee tickets from the list available to go to the unique Eventbrite page. Each ticket type has a separate registration page and company code. The URL has a pre-populated company code, and can be shared with others to register individually.

The Staff Entry Pass registration site is different than the Attendee Ticket site. Complimentary attendee tickets can only be used during show hours.

Sponsor Staff Entry Passes

  • All staff setting up and/or working in the booth need to register for a Sponsor Staff Entry Pass in advance and have it printed or on a mobile device to gain entry to the site.
  • Access your company staff pass registration link through the Sponsor Entry Portal “Get Your Entry Passes” button.
  • Sponsorship packages contain a set number of staff entry passes. Please plan your booth staffing to stay within the number provided.
  • Passes are not name specific and may be transferred, but can only be used one time by one individual.
  • Each pass covers set-up through teardown. Please wear identification credentials and entry wristband at all times.

Get Your Entry Passes

After mid April and once the Entry form has been updated and the status is changed to “Accepted”, you will gain access to your company complimentary Attendee Tickets and Staff Entry Passes in the Using your Maker Faire Portal:
  • 1. Click on “Get Your Entry Passes.”
  • 2. Choose your tickets/passes from the list available to go to the unique Eventbrite page. Each ticket type has a separate registration page and code.
  • 3. The Eventbrite URLs have a pre-populated company code and can be shared with others to register individually.
  • The Staff Entry Pass registration site is different than the Attendee Ticket site.
  • Complimentary attendee tickets can only be used during show hours only.
  • Purchase more attendee tickets here

Staff Onsite Check-In

Onsite Services

Activity Waiver Wristbands

All Maker Faire attendees who would like to participate in any interactive activity at Maker Faire will be asked to read and sign a waiver to receive an Activity Wristband. If your exhibit has such an activity, please make certain that each attendee is wearing a safety band prior to joining. Please direct attendees to the nearest activity wristband stations or information booths to obtain a wristband. If you have a large interactive activity that will require a activity wristband, please let us know ahead of time and we can provide a activity wristband kit for your booth.

Set-up & Load-in

Thursday, May 17th

Set Up 10:00am – 6:00pm

Friday, May 18th

Set Up 7:30am – 12:30pm
Showtime 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday, May 19th

Set Up 7:30am – 9:30pm
Showtime 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday, May 20th

Set Up 8:00am – 9:30am
Showtime 10:00am – 6:00pm
Load Out 6:00pm – 9:30pm

*We strongly recommend that you setup on Thursday, May 17.

Major construction must be completed on Thursday, and all final touchups must be completed by 12:30pm on Friday, May 18.

Load In Process Drive On Site: To personally unload your exhibit materials at your booth space:
  • Everyone in vehicle must have a Staff Entry Pass to show at gates.
  • Obtain a Temporary Unloading Pass from Security and write your phone number on the permit and display on the dash. Drive slowly onto the grounds.
  • Quickly unload your materials as close as possible to your booth. Before setting up, move your vehicle to the off-site parking lot.

Vehicle Access: No vehicles will be allowed onto the site after 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday. If a vehicle is part of your exhibit, it must be parked by this time.

Shipments and Deliveries: Shipping and delivery drivers can enter at 1346 Saratoga Dr. and follow the signs to Shipping & Receiving for unloading. Please review the Shipping and Material Handling procedures here.

Unloading Assistance: If a forklift is required to unload your exhibit materials at your booth (not received at Shipping & Receiving) please arrange a delivery window and material handling with SLI Freight. Personal vehicles may be unloaded by hand.

Teardown and Load Out

Safety & Regulations Safety & Regulations

As a sponsor, 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:

  • Heat-producing or open-flame devices, candles, lamps, etc.
  • Electrical, mechanical, or chemical device deemed hazardous by the Fire Department.
  • Internal-combustion engines.
  • Flammable liquids, any sort of compressed gas, or dangerous chemicals.
Fire & Safety Plans

If any of the above items will be present in your booth space, a Fire or General Safety Plan form must be submitted prior to exhibit approval. The 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. If you’re unsure, email us at sponsorrelations@makermedia.com. It’s important to us that Maker Faire is safe, and we appreciate you checking with us.

Submit a General Safety Plan.
Submit a Fire Safety Plan.

Fire & Safety Regulations

Exit and Aisles: Aisles must be kept clear of all displays and equipment. Entrance and exit doors shall remain unobstructed at all times. Fire extinguishers and fire-hose cabinets shall remain visible and accessible 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. All power cords must be kept behind the display with nothing placed on top of any cords.

Electrical/Fireproofing: The fire department has strict regulations governing trade shows. All electrical wiring must conform to National Electrical Code Safety Rules. In addition, all draperies, decorations, and materials must be Flameproof in accordance with local fire codes. Materials may be inspected and/or tested by the Fire Marshall at any time.

Hazardous Materials: Hazardous materials 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. 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: Both will not be permitted without prior review and approval. Please note that helium balloons are not permitted at the event site. If balloons are caught in building rafters, a retrieval fee will be charged to the exhibitor.

Combustibles Kept Outside: Additional supplies and inventory must be kept in closed containers and stored in a neat and compact manner. 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. The Maker Faire Production Team will ensure that adequate janitorial and rubbish pickup service (outside of your booth) is performed daily.

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 inside the exhibit space, the negative battery terminal must be disconnected, and the fuel tank cap must be taped or locked.

Child Safety: Maker Faire is a family event. We appreciate your assistance in keeping Maker Faire a safe environment for the children attending. For safety purposes, all children under the age of 15 must be supervised at all times during set-up or teardown hours. During Maker Faire, if your exhibit has hazardous materials or has elements of concern, please take the time to inform parents and children of safe practices for your exhibit.

Pets: For the safety and well being of our four-legged friends, please leave your pets at home. There are loud noises, many moveable parts, fire elements, and large crowds, all of which do not create a safe environment for pets.

Precautions: The potential of theft and disappearance of items can be greatly reduced if a few simple precautions are taken:

  • Do not leave purses, laptops, cell phones, or any easily portable items unattended at any time in your exhibit area.
  • Avoid leaving any small items of significant value in your booth overnight.
  • If possible, cover your display with a flameproof drop cloth overnight.
  • Run wire or cable through as many items as possible and lock at night.
  • A solidly constructed, lockable trunk provides security and storage for small items.
  • Report any suspicious person or theft in the building or on the grounds immediately to the Maker Faire Show Office or Staff, and Security Officers will be notified and an incident report filed, if applicable.
  • Lock valuables in the trunk of the car, where they are not visible.
  • Travel in pairs at night.
  • Ask your hotel for a safe deposit box to store your valuables.
  • If you are demonstrating a valuable piece of equipment, please remove it from your booth each evening.

First Aid & Emergency

First Aid Facilities: An EMT will be on-site Friday through Sunday during Maker Faire setup and show hours. First Aid Services will be available at the First Aid Tent which will be highlighted on the event map in the printed program guide and mobile app. There will be signage to direct you to First Aid. This is also where our Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) will be stationed.

Emergency: In the event of a medical emergency, notify the production crew, security personnel, or anyone with a radio or walkie-talkie. They will contact the on-site EMT personnel, who have a direct line to the Response Dispatch. If someone dials 911 from their cell phone, the above procedure still needs to be followed for the best possible care, as this will expedite the response of medical assistance.

Evacuation: Should the need to evacuate arise, staff and visitors will be notified by Security Personnel. Stay calm. Immediately stop any demonstrations or presentations. Do not try to dismantle your exhibit. Even if you cannot see an obvious reason for the alarm, please calmly make your way to the nearest exit and encourage others to follow you outside. Once outside, move away from buildings and keep emergency access routes clear. When the necessary authorities deem it safe to reenter the buildings and facility, sponsors will be granted access prior to members of the public.

Release + Consent


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 2018 (“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.

Maker Media, Inc. (“Maker Media,” “us,” or “we”) owns and operates Make: magazine, makermedia.com, makezine.com, makerfaire.com, makershare.com, makershed.com, makercamp.com, and all associated services (together, “Maker Media Services” or the “Services”). All information about makers and exhibits published to Maker Media Services is subject to our Privacy Policy (https://makermedia.com/terms-and-privacy-policy/#privacy-policy) and Terms of Use (https://makermedia.com/terms-and-privacy-policy/#terms-of-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.

Please log-in to your Maker Faire Portal to confirm that you have read and agree to the above.

Common Maker Faire Portal Log-In Issues

If you are having trouble logging in to your Maker Faire Portal, please see the following for assistance:

  1. Problem: An error message: There was a problem with your log in. There is a user with the same email.
    Solution: This error message is usually due the login for a particular email address originally being set up using either the Facebook or Google authentication method and then proceeding to set up a new login with a user name and password. Try reseting your password and contact makers@makerfaire.com if the problem persists.

  2. Problem: I am not able to login and I do not receive an email when I hit the Reset Password button.
    Solution: We have updated our system and you may need to reset your login information. Please use the Sign Up button rather than the Login or Reset Password buttons.