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.


World Maker Faire New York: How to Apply


Event Date: September 21 & 22, 2019
Location: New York Hall of Science

Applications:

Coming Soon

Have questions about the logistics of participating in Maker Faire? Please see our Maker Toolkit.


Entry Information

To 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 a confirmation letter with your Exhibit Name and ID number. If you have not received this letter, contact makers@makerfaire.com.

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

Here are just some of the topics that we’re looking for:
    • Robotics
    • 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 Types

Maker 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. Universities wishing to have a professional presence at Maker Faire, please contact our Partnerships Team at partnerships@makermedia.com.

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.
Presentation: 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. Presentations are typically 10, 20, or 45 minutes, with some time 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.

Startup Company: Young companies within certain criteria 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
  • Your company participation as a Startup Sponsor is limited to one time per show starting in 2016.
The Startup Sponsorship package includes the following benefits:
  • Up to a 10×10′ ft booth space.
  • A 6′ 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.

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 Information

When 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: If you are an indie crafter, and your primary intent is to sell your products at Maker Faire, your application process is separate from this one. We partner with BUST Craftacular, to create an independent craft faire held within Maker Faire.

Crafters, click here for BUST Craftacular information.

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 food@makerfaire.com.

What Happens Next

After receiving the Call for Makers notice and applying, we will send an email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, let us know: makers@makerfaire.com. Acceptances are sent via email approximately 2 months before the show. Once accepted, 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!