WMF18 Call for Makers

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!


Media Highlights

Thank you for your interest in Maker Faire and the Maker Movement. Here you can browse some of the most recent media coverage on our Faires and our amazing community.

Please contact us at any time at pr@makerfaire.com to coordinate interviews for your features and stories.

Recent Coverage

  • funthingstodo.io, November 9, 2016, Top Fun Things to Do in San Mateo
  • mercurynews.com, May 20, 2016, Video: Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 Preview Video
  • arstechnica.com, May 20, 2016, From drone racers to pinball: Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 doesn’t disappoint
  • abc7news.com, May 20, 2016, Video: Maker Faire Kicks Off This Weekend in San Mateo
  • techcrunch.com, March 16, 2016, What’s Driving the Maker Movement?
  • forbes.com, March 4, 2016, Toys to Watch in 2016
  • edsurge.com, December 7, 2015, Are Hardware Toys the Future of Kids’ Coding?
  • forbes.com, November 6, 2015, Why Geeks, Gamers And Makers Make The Best Customers
  • slate.com, October 19, 2015, Welcome to the World of Professional Drone Racing
  • huffingtonpost.com, October 16, 2015, Family Time Becomes Maker Time
  • smallbizdaily.com, October 6, 2015, Makers Busy Making Cool and Creative Products
  • eejournal.com, October 1, 2015, The 5 Best Things from World Maker Faire 2015: From “Hello World” to Saving the World
  • qz.com, October 1, 2015, Adults are racing souped-up Power Wheels toys, and it might become the next great American sport
  • techtimes.com, September 30, 2015, Drones Collide in Mid-Air for the Aerial Sports League’s Quadcopter Game of Drones Combat
  • forbes.com, September 30, 2015, 5 Cool Picks in Tech From Maker Faire 2015
  • observer.com, September 28, 2015, Drone Crashes Abound Over Super Hard Racing Course at World Maker Faire
  • huffingtonpost.com, September 28, 2015, World Maker Faire—NYC
  • techtimes.com, September 28, 2015, A Helping Hand: E-NABLE Organization Builds 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands For Kids
  • nytimes.com, September 28, 2015, Women in the World: 15 Remarkable Moments from Maker Faire NYC
  • adweek.com, September 28, 2015, Netflix Made a Button That Dims the Lights, Silences Your Phone, Orders Food and Turns on Netflix Want this marvelous creation? There’s a catch.
  • usatoday.com, September 28, 2015, You can make your own ‘Netflix and chill’ button
  • fortune.com, September 28, 2015, This is basically a ‘Netflix and Chill’ button
  • twit.tv, September 27, 2015, TWiT TV Weekend Coverage from World Maker Faire New York
  • wsj.com, September 27, 2015, Maker Faire Kindles a Spirit of Invention—Annual event draws a crowd to the New York Hall of Science in Queens
  • core77.com, September 25, 2015, 3 Projects to See at the 2015 World Maker Faire
  • smithsonianmag.com, June 12, 2015, What is a Maker Faire, Exactly?
  • Popular Science, May 22, 2015, Video: Maker Faire Bay Area 2015
  • architecturaldigest.com, May 21, 2015, Here’s Your Chance to Work with NASA
  • recode.net, May 21, 2015, Makers Movement Drives the Future
  • gizmodo.com, May 20, 2015, The Most Amazing Things We Saw at Bay Area Maker Faire Last Weekend
  • time.com, May 18, 2015, How Maker Faires Are Inspiring Young ‘Makers’ All Over the World
  • ieee.org, May 18, 2015, The Best of Maker Faire Bay Area 2015
  • recode.net, May 17, 2015, Maker Faire Shows Off the Human Forklift
  • arstechnica.com, May 17, 2015, Titanfall IRL: We saw some crazy-looking giant robots at Maker Faire 2015
  • recode.net, May 17, 2015, Part Disneyland, Part Burning Man: Maker Faire Turns 10 Years Old (Q&A)
  • sunset.com, May 16, 2015, Weekend Preview of Maker Faire Bay Area
  • Not Impossible Now, May 16, 2015, Brainchairs, Solar BBQs @Maker Faire Preview Day! (A Gallery)
  • brit.co, May 16, 2015, The Coolest, Weirdest, Wackiest Things at Maker Faire 2015
  • usatoday.com, May 15, 2015, Strategies: Can you make it as a maker?
  • houzz.com, May 14, 2015, Maker Faire: Pancake Printers, an Electric Giraffe and So Much More
  • San Jose Mercury News, May 14, 2015, Maker Faire 2015: Ultimate DIY Project
  • forbes.com, May 7, 2015, Last Minute Gift Ideas for Moms Who Make It Happen
  • wired.com, February 16, 2015, How to Think Like a Maker: Values Your Company Should be Adopting
  • theguardian.com, February 6, 2015,  Meet Robots Giving Hospitalised Children Superpowers
  • Machine Design, September 25, 2014, 3D Printing Reshapes Engineering’s Future—A Look Inside the Maker Movement
  • Huffington Post, September 24, 2014, The Maker Faire New York
  • Fox News, September 24, 2014, 5 Cool DIY Tech Trends from World Maker Faire
  • yahoo.com, September 23, 2014, Report from Maker Faire: You, Too, Can Be a Maker
  • DIY Network, September 23, 2014, Five Things I Learned About Makers at World Maker Faire
  • PC Magazine UK, September 23, 2014 Fourteen Mind-Boggling Creations at Maker Faire New York
  • Flavorwire, September 23, 2014, Where DIY Music Meets Tech Culture Searching for Future Sounds at World Maker Faire
  • tested.com, September 23, 2014, Bits to Atoms: World Maker Faire 2014 Recap
  • Electronic Design, September 23, 2014, Scenes from Maker Faire 2014: The Latest in Gaming, IoT, and More
  • Embedded Computing Design, September 22, 2014, Maker Faire NYC Brings Out the Kid in Everyone
  • Digital Journal, September 22, 2014, DIY Electronics Learning System Crushes Kickstarter Goal, Wows at NY Maker Faire
  • Live Science, September 22, 2014, Four Humanitarian Drone Uses
  • Robot Magazine, September 22, 2014, Seen at World Maker Faire 2014—Maker Jeffrey Moore
  • Before It’s News, September 22, 2014, World Maker Faire NYC 2014—A Visual Journal
  • TechRadar, September 22, 2014, The Best of Maker Faire NYC 2014
  • CBS News, September 20, 2014, High School Whiz Kid Makes Impression at NYC Tech Fair
  • nytimes.com, August 4, 2014, Reinventing the World’s Fair, or Not
  • newegg.com, May 30, 2014, How Maker Faire Restored My Faith in Humanity
  • techradar.com, May 21, 2014, The Best of Maker Faire 2014
  • nytimes.com/Parent-Teacher Conference Blog, May 21, 2014, A Big Pile of Fantastic Ideas to Get Kids Outside Making and Doing This Summer
  • nerdstalker.com, May 20, 2014, Interview with 3D Story Maker Carla Diana
  • forbes.com, May 20, 2014, 5 Things To Love About The Maker Faire
  • time.com, May 19, 2014, Why the  Maker Movement is Important to America’s Future
  • abcnews.go.com, May 19, 2014, Move Over Mom. Behold the Pancake-Making Robot
  • 3dprint.com, May 17, 2014, PancakeBot, Pancake Printer Debuts at Maker Faire
  • mercurynews.com, May 17, 2014, Makers Faire 2014: Goofy, clever and irreverent event draws tens of thousands
  • smdailyjournal.com, May 17, 2014, San Mateo’s Annual Maker Faire This Weekend
  • KRON 4 TV, May 16, 2014, Maker Faire in San Mateo Big on Inventions and Creativity
  • nbcbayarea.com, May 16, 2014, 9th Annual Maker Faire Hits San Mateo, Includes An Electric Giraffe
  • reuters.com, May 6, 2014, Do-it-yourselfers inspire hardware renaissance in Silicon Valley
  • pressdemocrat.com, March 28, 2014, Maker class gives Petaluma schoolchildren a hands-on education

Recent Press Releases

Maker Week in San Mateo!

Check out all that happened to celebrate Maker Week in San Mateo, May 12-18, 2014.

Drone’s Eye View of Maker Faire Bay Area 2014

Our friends at 3D Robotics shot this incredible footage at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 using their IRIS autonomous aerial vehicle. Check out the final video created with help from the MAKE magazine editorial team. It captures all of the weekend’s highlights and moments made extra special thanks to the unique perspective.

AerialView

Detailed Lists of Faire Coverage from Past Events

 


Call for Makers

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 20, 21, & 22, 2016

National Maker Faire, June 18 & 19, 2016

World Maker Faire New York, October 1 & 2, 2016

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.


National Maker Faire 2016: How to Apply


Event Date: June 18 & 19, 2016
Location: University of the District of Columbia – Van Ness Campus

Application Schedule
We are still accepting applications. Apply below today!


To apply:
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 the new Maker Admin Tool. This tool allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s).

Maker Exhibit
An all weekend exhibit to show-off your project(s), to demo or discuss how you made them, and to inspire people to make (includes Individuals, Groups, Schools, Non-Profits, Agencies and Commercial Makers – more details below.)

Performance
A scheduled performance, set lengths vary

Presentation
A scheduled 12, 25 or 45 minute presentation

Startup Company
Requirements and benefits are listed in the Entry Form Types information below. Limited positions are available.

Sponsors
Corporate entities and/or established companies can visit our Sponsor Page or contact sales@makerfaire.com. Positions fill quickly.

Please Note
    • Details and descriptions of the entry categories can be found below.
    • You can fill out more than one proposal 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 new Maker Admin Tool. A unique link will be sent to you after submitting your entry form.

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 nationalmakers@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:
    • Student projects
    • Robotics
    • Homegrown Drones
    • Arduino projects
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Space projects
    • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
    • Conductive materials projects
    • Kit makers
    • Interactive art projects
    • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
    • Textile Arts and Crafts
    • E-Textiles
    • Home Energy Monitoring
    • Rockets and RC Toys
    • Sustainability & Green Tech
    • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
    • Electronics
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
    • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
    • Bicycles
    • Large-scale Art
    • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
    • 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. There is no exhibitor fee for standard Maker Exhibits.
Maker Exhibit can also include these two sub-types:
    • Non-Profit, Agency, and Cause or Mission Based Associations, Institutions and Organizations: In an effort to respond to requests from a variety of organizations that would like to participate in Maker Faire, we have created a special category where organizations can qualify for special reduced sponsorship rates to participate in Maker Faire based on their annual budget. (Please note that this fee is due for a 10 x 10 foot space only and does not include electrical, internet or other requirements.) Complete the Maker Exhibit Form, and we will contact you with details. This statement does not apply to makerspaces or hackerspaces, which receive free exhibit space at Maker Faire. If your organization cannot afford this fee, please continue to fill out the application, indicate you are a Non-Profit, Agency or Organization and provide details in the space indicated. We will take this into consideration while reviewing your application.
    • Commercial Makers: Individuals who would like to sell or market products along with demonstrating what they make at their maker exhibit. Submit a Maker Exhibit application and indicate that you are a Commercial Maker by indicating your plans to promote or sell products at Maker Faire. There is a $100 exhibit fee for a standard set-up (an approximate 5’x10′ tabletop space, an 8′ table, 2 chairs, and event long entry passes for the Makers). Please note, startup companies, corporate entities, and established companies do not qualify as Commercial Makers; we have great opportunities available for you — please see the Startup Company entry form or the Sponsor page for information.
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: Startup Companies that meet the following criteria can participate in Maker Faire for a reduced sponsorship fee. Startup Company criteria: been in operation 5 years or less, business consists of more than 1 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 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.

Other Ways to Participate at Maker Faire


Volunteer / Maker Faire Traveler: For information about making an invaluable contribution at Maker Faire, send an email to nationaltraveler@makerfaire.com, and we will let you know when sign-ups are available.

Food Truck 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, please fill out this form.

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: nationalmakers@makerfaire.com. Acceptances are sent via email approximately 1 month before the show. Once accepted, begin to plan for your participation. We will send regular Maker Newsletter updates and your Maker Agreement in advance of the event.

Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow Maker Faire on Twitter, via our Maker Faire Facebook feed, and on Google+ to keep up with the latest news on makers and Maker Faire.


We look forward to seeing you at Maker Faire!


Where To Stay

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Crowne Plaza Hotel – SOLD OUT

1221 Chess Drive Foster City, CA 94404

Crowne Plaza is the official Maker Faire hotel.

The Crown Plaza is located 9 miles away from the San Francisco International Airport and offers free Wi-Fi access and access to a 24-hour business center.

The discounted room rate is $254 Sun – Thurs nights and $184 for Fri and Sat nights. Early booking is strongly recommended, as availability is limited and the deadline for this rate is April 21th. Make reservations online at Online Reservations. The discounted rate is already loaded into the website (no code needs to be entered). If you prefer to make a reservation by phone, please call 888-233-9527, and make sure to mention the group name “Maker Faire” to receive the discounted rate.

Complimentary shuttle service to and from the San Francisco Airport is provided. The shuttle leaves the hotel every hour on the hour from 6AM to 10PM. Guests arriving at the San Francisco Airport can call the hotel directly at 650-570-5700 for pick up or use the white courtesy phone at the hotel shuttle pick up point (speed dial #12). Parking: The hotel offers complimentary parking.


Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn – SOLD OUT

2000 Bridgepointe Circle San Mateo, CA 94404

The Hilton Garden Inn San Mateo is an alternate hotel option, located 6 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport with a complimentary airport shuttle to the hotel. Each guest room has complimentary wireless internet access.

The discounted room rate for Sun – Thurs is $299, and Fri and Sat night is $179 for a King room and $199 for double beds. The cut-off date for the discounted price is May 6th.

To make a reservation by phone, please call 650-522-9000 or 877-782-9444 and reference Maker Faire 2016 or book online at Online Reservations. Parking: The hotel offers complimentary parking.


Discover Sofitel

Sofitel San Francisco Bay

223 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA 94065

The Sofitel San Francisco is an alternate resort-style hotel option, located 11.5 miles from the San Francisco International Airport at Redwood Shores. Each guest room has complimentary high-speed internet access.

The discounted room rates are $299 on Weds, $259 on Thurs and $149 Fri – Sun for a superior room. The cut-off date for special pricing is April 27th.

For individual reservations, please call 650-598-9000 and reference the Maker Faire 2016 room block.  Parking: Self parking is available for a fee.


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Courtyard Marriott – SOLD OUT

550 Shell Boulevard Foster City, CA 94404

The Courtyard Marriott San Mateo is an alternate hotel option, located 7 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport. Each guest room has complimentary high-speed internet access.

The discounted room rate is $129 for a king room. The cut-off date for discounted pricing is April 28th.

For individual reservations, you can book online here or call 650-377-0600 or 888-236-2427 and reference the Maker Faire room block.

Parking: The hotel offers complimentary parking.


If you have a problem securing your reservation or the discounted room rate at any of the Maker Faire hotels, please contact hotels@makerfaire.com.


Call for Makers

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

Apply Here Application deadlines vary

There are several ways to participate. Choose from the applications below.

Apply to Exhibit


The open call for Exhibit applications has closed, Feb 24 at 11:59pm PST. You can still apply, applications received after Feb 24 are reviewed based on available space.


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. Craft vendors wishing to simply sell their products at Maker Faire please click here.

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 explaining the overall project and needed space size. Distribute the resultant Project ID to the other applicants with projects in the group. Please submit an application for each distinct project sharing this space, referencing the main Project ID in the Placement Request field. If accepted, this will allow each distinct project to be represented on Maker Faire sites.

  • 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).

  • Submit your application early for priority review. Applications submitted by March 17th will be notified as to their status by March 30th

  • Applications received after March 17th 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).

  • Submit your application early for priority review. Applications submitted by March 17th will be notified as to their status by March 30th

  • Applications received after March 17th will be reviewed based on available presentation slots.
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.
apply as a Startup Company



The open call for Startup applications has closed, Feb 24 at 11:59pm PST. You can still apply, applications received after Feb 24 are reviewed based on available space.


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
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

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 SF Bazaar to bring a craft faire held within Maker Faire.

Crafters, click here to apply to SF Bazaar.

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.


Call for Makers

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 20, 21, & 22, 2016

National Maker Faire, June 18 & 19, 2016

World Maker Faire New York, October 1 & 2, 2016

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 2016: Application Period for Maker Faire Bay Area has passed.


Event Date: May 20, 21, & 22, 2016
Location: San Mateo Event Center

Application Schedule
1st Round: Closed February 14 at 11:59pm PST
2nd Round: Closed February 21 at 11:59pm PST
Late Entries: Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based on available space. Apply below.
Notifications for applications submitted before February 22nd will be sent by email before the end of March 2016.


To apply:
  • Details and descriptions of the entry categories can be found below.
  • You can fill out more than one proposal 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 new Maker Admin Tool. A unique link will be sent to you after submitting your entry form.
  • 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:
      • Student projects
      • Robotics
      • Homegrown Drones
      • Arduino projects
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Space projects
      • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
      • Conductive materials projects
      • Kit makers
      • Interactive art projects
      • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
      • Textile Arts and Crafts
      • E-Textiles
      • Home Energy Monitoring
      • Rockets and RC Toys
      • Sustainability & Green Tech
      • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
      • Electronics
      • Electric Vehicles
      • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
      • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
      • Bicycles
      • Large-scale Art
      • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
      • 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. There is no exhibitor fee for standard Maker Exhibits.
    Maker Exhibit can also include these two sub-types:
      • Non-Profit and Cause or Mission Based Associations, Institutions and Organizations: In an effort to respond to requests from a variety of organizations that would like to participate in Maker Faire, we have created a special category where organizations can qualify for special reduced sponsorship rates to participate in Maker Faire based on their annual budget. (Please note that this fee is due for a 10 x 10 foot space only and does not include electrical, internet or other requirements.) Complete the Maker Exhibit Form, and we will contact you with details. This statement does not apply to makerspaces or hackerspaces, which receive free exhibit space at Maker Faire. If your organization cannot afford this fee, please continue to fill out the application, indicate you are a Non-Profit or Organization and provide details in the space indicated. We will take this into consideration while reviewing your application.
      • Commercial Makers: Individuals who would like to sell or market products along with demonstrating what they make at their maker exhibit. Submit a Maker Exhibit application and indicate that you are a Commercial Maker by indicating your plans to promote or sell products at Maker Faire. There is a $500 exhibit fee for a standard set-up (an approximate 5’x10′ tabletop space, an 8′ table, 2 chairs, and event long entry passes for the Makers). Please note, startup companies, corporate entities, and established companies do not qualify as Commercial Makers; we have great opportunities available for you — please see the Startup Company entry form or the Sponsor page for information.
    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: Startup Companies that meet the following criteria can participate in Maker Faire for a reduced sponsorship fee. Startup Company criteria: been in operation 5 years or less, business consists of more than 1 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 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.

    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 SF Bazaar to bring a craft faire held within Maker Faire.



    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:

    Food Vendors: Concessionaires who would like to sell non-packaged, ready-to-eat food to attendees at Maker Faire follow a different application process.

    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 and your Maker Agreement in advance of the event.

    Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow Maker Faire on Twitter, via our Maker Faire Facebook feed, and on Google+ 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!


    Maker Faire Week

    World Maker Faire New York 2015 Maker Week Ribbon

    Maker Week

    Calling all Makers! Join us for Maker Week—the week leading up to World Maker Faire New York 2015. Here you’ll find a full run-down of all the activities in which Makers can participate during Maker Week. Check back often to see what other exciting events and activities have been added to the schedule.

    Have an event, meetup, activity, party, launch, or other exciting offering for Maker Week? Let us know at makerfaireweek@makermedia.com. We’d love to add it here!

     

    Wednesday, September 16

    IoT NY #23: Arduino Founder Talk & World Maker Faire Warm-Up

    Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    More Information: Hear from Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino project, on how Arduino’s easy-to-use hardware and software is an enabling piece of the Maker movement; and, Sherry Huss, vice president of Maker Media and co-creator of Maker Faire, with a sneak preview of World Maker Faire and Maker Week, and Maker Movement is taking shape from cities like NY to smaller communities across the globe.

    For IoT NY Members only. Visit the IoT NY website for membership information.

     

    Thursday, September 17

    Nomad Cycle’s 30-Point Bike Maintenance Checklist Class 

    Time: 7:05 pm – 10:05 pm

    Location: Nomad Cycle in Long Island City, Queens, NY

    Tickets: Tickets Available—Call Nomad Cycle, (718) 786-5600

     

    Friday, September 18

    Quintron’s Weather Warlock Synthesizer Project

    Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Location: Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose St, Brooklyn, New York 11237

    More Information: Visit this page for more details.

     

    Saturday, September 19

    Women in Tech Design Hackathon presented by AT&T, Harman, & Girls Who Code

    Time: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

    Location: Center for Social Innovation in Chelsea, NYC

    More Information: Do you like to design and make things? Are you inspired by the power of technology to affect positive change and do good? If so, get ready to show your skills. AT&T, Harman, and Girls Who Code are opening their doors for you to innovate. They’re looking for creative developers, designers, and entrepreneurs like you to join them at this special social good focused #WIThack.

    Registration: Free to participate, registration required.

     

    Sunday, September 20

    Red Hook Regatta—3D Printed and Radio-Controlled Boats

    Time: 4:00 pm

    Location: Valentino Pier Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY

    More Information: The Red Hook Regatta is a boat race on the Red Hook waterfront. Radio controlled, 3-D printed boats will complete against each otherto see who can transport the most cargo in the time allowed, and who can most expertly navigate the rough seas around Valentino Pier.

    Monday, September 21

    MakeItNYC Returns

    Time:  6:00 pm

    Location:  Microsoft Office, Times Square, NYC

    More Information:  For MakeItNYC members. Some great stuff in MakeItNYC’s return to the Maker stage including gCreate’s newest 3D printers, Chenoe Hart and her Smart Storage Cabinet, Howard Fink’s latest with Maker know-how and Lunar Topology, and more. 

    Registration: MakeItNYC membership required + RSVP. Visit the MakeItNYC site to join and sign up for this event.

    Wednesday, September 23

    STEM Night: Makers Night at the New York Hall of Science

    Time:  5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Location:  New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY 

    More Information:  Local New York City high school and college students will hear from Dale Dougherty, founder and executive chairman of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire, and other local leaders in STEM fields and the world of making at this inspirational event. The event will be comprised of a mini career fair, activity session, panel discussion, Q&A session, and networking opportunities.

    Get Involved: 

    1) This event is for local high school and college students. Please see the registration link below to confirm your participation.

    2) STEM professionals interested in sharing their experiences with students and joining this event can also visit the registration link noted below for more information on getting involved.

    Registration: Please start here to confirm your participation. This is a free event; advance registration is required.

    Thursday, September 24

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    MakerCon—The Conference for Makers by Makers

    Time:  10:00 am – 8:00 pm

    Location:  New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY

    More Information: http://makercon.com

    Registration:  http://makercon.com

    Friday, September 25

    Make: Education Forum @ Maker Faire

    Time:  12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Location:  New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY 

    Schedule: Make: Education Forum

    More Information:  Join Make: and our partner, the New York Hall of Science, for an afternoon program focused on the leaders, influencers, and practitioners providing support, services, and programs to bring Making into schools.

    Hear from educators, makerspace organizers, librarians, local and federal state department representatives, and youth organizations who have developed models and platforms to serve this agenda. If you are an individual who is either formally or informally supporting and/or creating project-based learning programs for kids that support general STEM areas—as educational policy makers, superintendents and principals, or youth programing coordinators—please join us.

    Tickets:  Registration is required; click here to register. (Space is limited. A light lunch is provided at this event.)

    NYC Media Lab Annual Summit

    Time: Doors open at 8:00 am; Program: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Location: NYU Skirball Center in NYC

    More Information: NYC Media Lab’s Annual Summit is a snapshot of the best thinking, projects, and talent in digital media from universities in NYC and beyond. This is an opportunity for media executives, technologists, and decision makers to explore interesting technologies and applications related to the future of media. Through thought-provoking discussions, 12 faculty-led workshops, and 100+ innovative demos, attendees will explore pressing issues related to digital media and how organizations can operate to foster innovation. Group rates are available.

    Tickets: Purchase tickets here.

     

    Rock & Code Developer Weekend Contest Sponsored by Sony Music Entertainment

    Time: Friday, September 25, 6:00 pm through Sunday, September 27 at 6:00 pm

    Location: ThoughtWorks, in NYC

    More Information: Rock & Code brings together startups, developers, and music professionals to collaborate over the course of a weekend. Participants will conceptualize, create and present their projects to a panel of music industry executives. Anything goes as long as its music related. Music professionals will be at the disposal of developers and startups over the course of the weekend, with the goal to help fine tune pitches and/or answer any music industry related questions/concerns. At this event, Sony Music’s senior executives will listen to your pitches, review submissions, and give insight into how the music industry works. You will also get some awesome music swag to take home! After the pitches conclude, a Sony Music recording artist will make a guest appearance and perform live. Win cash, prizes, and a meeting with music execs at Sony Music’s first ever developer weekend, Rock & Code!

    Registration: Free to participate, registration required.

    Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27

    World Maker Faire New York 2015—The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth!

    Time:  Saturday—10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday—10:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Location:  New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY

    More Information:  makerfaire.com

    Tickets:  http://wmfny15.eventbrite.com


    Call for Makers

    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

    World Maker Faire New York, September 26 & 27, 2015

    Maker Faires around the World – Application dates vary. Both “Mini” and “Featured” Maker Faires are independently organized but licensed by Maker Media. Please find a faire near you and apply through the individual event websites.

    World Maker Faire New York 2015: How to Apply


    Event Date: September 26 & 27, 2015
    Location: New York Hall of Science

    Application Schedule
    1st Round*: Closed – Sunday, July 12 at 11:59pm PST
    2nd Round: Closed – Sunday, July 19 at 11:59pm PST
    Late Entries: Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based on available space. Apply below.
    Notifications: Sent by email before Thursday, July 30 at 11:59pm PST
    *Applications submitted in the 1st Round will be reviewed first.

    To apply:
    Select the blue link below that best fits your participation in Maker Faire.
    You may fill out more than one entry form.

    > Maker Exhibit

    An all-weekend exhibit to show-off your project(s), to demo or discuss how you made them, and to inspire people to make (includes Individuals, Groups, Non-Profits and Commercial Makers – more details below. Crafters click here.)

    > Performance

    A scheduled performance, usually on a stage, set lengths vary

    > Presentation

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

    > Startup Company

    Requirements and benefits are listed here. Limited positions are available.

    > Sponsor

    Corporate entities and/or established companies contact sales@makerfaire.com. Positions fill quickly.
      • Details and descriptions of the entry categories can be found below.
      • You can fill out more than one proposal in one or more categories.
      • Before starting your application, select a quality photo of your project and yourself.
    If you have questions, email makers@makerfaire.com.

    Entry Information

    To apply, choose the entry form above which best fits your proposal: Maker Exhibit, Performance, Presentation, Startup Company, or Sponsor. Complete your form by July 12, at 11:59pm PST.
    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:
      • Student projects
      • Robotics
      • Homegrown Drones
      • Arduino projects
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Space projects
      • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
      • Conductive materials projects
      • Kit makers
      • Interactive art projects
      • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
      • Textile Arts and Crafts
      • E-Textiles
      • Home Energy Monitoring
      • Rockets and RC Toys
      • Sustainability & Green Tech
      • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
      • Electronics
      • Electric Vehicles
      • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
      • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
      • Bicycles
      • Large-scale Art
      • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
      • 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. No fee for standard Maker Exhibits.
    Maker Exhibit can also include these two sub-types:
      • Non-Profit and Cause or Mission Based Associations, Institutions and Organizations: In an effort to respond to requests from a variety of organizations that would like to participate in Maker Faire, we have created a special category where organizations can qualify for special reduced rates to participate in Maker Faire based on their annual budget. (Please note that this fee is due for a 10 x 10 space only and does not include electrical, internet or other requirements.) Complete the Maker Exhibit Form, and we will contact you with details. This statement does not apply to makerspaces or hackerspaces, which receive free exhibit space at Maker Faire. If your organization cannot afford this fee, please continue to fill out the application, indicate you are a Non-Profit or Organization and provide details in the space indicated. We will take this into consideration while reviewing your application.
      • Commercial Makers: Individuals who would like to sell or market products along with demonstrating what they make at their maker exhibit. Submit a Maker Exhibit application and indicate that you are a Commercial Maker by indicating your plans to promote or sell products at Maker Faire. There is a $425 exhibit fee for a standard set-up (5×8 tabletop space, 1 Table, and 2 Chairs) due September 4. Additional tables, chairs and power can be purchased during the payment process. Please note, startup companies, corporate entities, and established companies do not qualify as Commercial Makers; we have great opportunities available for you—please see the Startup Company and Sponsor information.
    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: Our definition of a Startup Company, including requirements for and benefits of this opportunity are listed in the introduction of the Startup Sponsor Application. 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.

    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. BUST Craftacular is an independent craft faire held within Maker Faire.

    Crafters, click here to apply to BUST Craftacular.

    The difference between Commercial Makers and BUST Craftacular vendors: Both Commercial Makers and BUST Craftacular 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: For information about making an invaluable contribution at Maker Faire, send an email to traveler@makerfaire.com, and we will let you know when sign-ups are available.

    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 and your Maker Agreement in advance of the event.

    Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow Maker Faire on Twitter, via our Maker Faire Facebook feed, and on Google+ to keep up with the latest news on makers and Maker Faire.

    We look forward to seeing you at Maker Faire!


    Maker Week



    Maker Week activities for 2016 are being planned now!
    Stay tuned for details. Until then, check out Maker Week 2015 below.

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    Maker Week 2015

    Calling all Makers! Join us for Maker Week—the week leading up to Maker Faire Bay Area 2015. Here you’ll find a full run-down of all the activities in which Makers can participate during Maker Week. Check back often to see what other exciting events and activities have been added to the schedule.

    New! Added to Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 is special, early access for Maker Movement supporters and corporate groups, educators and school groups, and media. Join us for “FRIDAY@MakerFaire”— Special Industry Day on Friday, May 15, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. See details below.

    Have an event, meetup, activity, party, launch, or other exciting offering for Maker Week? Let us know at makerweek@makermedia.com. We’d love to add it here!

     

    Monday, May 11

    Innovation Week — Kick Off Party!

    Presented by: The EDGE: Economic Development Growth Enterprise & City of San Mateo

    Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Location: Hero City, 55 East 3rd Avenue, San Mateo

    More Information: City of San Mateo Innovation Week

    Free Event

     

    Tuesday, May 12 & Wednesday, May 13

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    MakerCon—The Conference for Makers by Makers

    Time: Tuesday—8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Wednesday—8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Location: Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

    More Information: http://makercon.com

    Registration: http://makercon.com

     

    Tuesday, May 12

    The Yard at Mission Rock

    The Yard at Mission Rock is a gathering spot created out of re-purposed shipping containers. Join The Yard’s designer, Martha Trela from Urban Bloc, on a tour of this unique neighborhood village.

    Hosted by: The EDGE and Urban Bloc

    Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

    Location: 3rd Street & Ferry A Francois Blvd., San Francisco (parking is limited; please consider carpooling)

    More Information: City of San Mateo Innovation Week

    Free Event—RSVP Required

     

    Wednesday, May 13

    Community Gathering Spaces

    Participate in the Downtown Future Forum on Urban Spaces and explore community gathering spaces options for downtown San Mateo.

    Hosted by: The EDGE and City of San Mateo

    Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; doors open at 5:45 pm

    Location: San Mateo Masonic Lodge, 303 Tilton Avenue, San Mateo

    More Information: City of San Mateo Innovation Week

    Free Event—Registration Required

     

    STEM Faire

    See local schools present STEM projects and showcase their innovative students and curriculum.

    Hosted by: The iZone, a partnership between the San Mateo County Office of Education and the Full Circle Fund, and The EDGE

    Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

    Location: San Mateo Main Library, Biotech Center

    More Information: City of San Mateo Innovation Week

    Free Event

     

    Thursday, May 14

    Burning Man

    Hear from Burning Man co-founder and former Black Rock City Manager, Harley Dubois, and assistant director of the Davenport Institute, Ashely Trim, in this illuminating panel discussion and Q&A on Maker Cities.

    Hosted by: The City of San Mateo

    Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Location: Kingfish Restaurant, 201 South B Street, San Mateo

    More Information: City of San Mateo Innovation Week

    Free Event—Space is limited.

     

    Women Who Make—Meetup & Cocktails 

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    A opportunity for women engaged in the Maker Movement, authoring projects or products, to meet their peers in making / building / fabricating / designing / engineering.

    Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

    Location: The Interval Lounge, Fort Mason, San Francisco

    By invitation only. To request an invitation, please email womenwhomake@gmail.com.

     

    Friday, May 15

    Maker Faire Producers’ Workshop

    A workshop for current and future Maker Faire Producers.

    Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Location: Maker Faire Bay Area 2015—San Mateo County Events Center, Meeting Pavilion

    More Information: makerfaire.com/global

    RegistrationRequired

     

    ADRx (Alternate Dispute Rx)

    Hear from experts about the innovations in reducing violence in our communities.

    Hosted by: Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC)

    Time: 7:30 am – 9:30 am

    Location: Franklin Templeton Investments, Building 920

    More Information: City of San Mateo Innovation Week

    Registration: Purchase tickets here

     

    FRIDAY-MakerFaire

     

    FRIDAY@MakerFaire—Industry Day

    Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Location: Maker Faire Bay Area 2015—San Mateo Event Center

    More Information: FRIDAY@MakerFaire

    Tickets:

     

    Prosthetics + Assistive Technology Challenge Series—Launch Event

    Presented by: Veterans Affairs

    Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

    Location: Palo Alto VA Medical Center

    More Information: Veterans Affairs is launching a Prosthetics + Assistive Technology Challenge to accelerate development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans. This Series will be launched at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center during Maker Week. More information about the VA Innovation Creation Series can be found here: http://www.innovation.va.gov/challenge/.

    Free EventRegistration Required

     

    San Mateo Innovation Week Wrap Up

    Celebrate the success of the second annual San Mateo Innovation Week!

    Hosted by: The EDGE & City of San Mateo

    Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Location: Three Restaurant, 50 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo

    More Information: City of San Mateo Innovation Week

    Free Event—RSVP Required

     

    Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17

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    Maker Faire Bay Area 2015—The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth!

    Time: Saturday—10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday—10:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Location: San Mateo Event Center

    More Information: makerfaire.com

    Tickets: http://mfba2015.eventbrite.com

     

     


    Where to Stay

    Crowne Plaza Hotel

    Crowne Plaza Hotel

    1221 Chess Drive Foster City, CA 94404

    Crowne Plaza is the official Maker Faire hotel.

    The Crown Plaza is located 9 miles away from the San Francisco International Airport and offers free Wi-Fi access and access to a 24-hour business center. Make reservations online at Online Reservations. The discounted rate is already loaded into the website (no code needs to be entered). If you prefer to make a reservation by phone, please call 888-233-9527, and make sure to mention the group name “Maker Faire” to receive the discounted rate. The discounted room rate is $244 Sun- Thurs nights and $174 for Fri and Sat nights. Early booking is strongly recommended, as availability is limited and the deadline for this rate is April 17th. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the San Francisco Airport is provided. The shuttle leaves the hotel every hour on the hour from 6AM to 10PM. Guests arriving at the San Francisco Airport can call the hotel directly at 650-570-5700 for pick up or use the white courtesy phone at the hotel shuttle pick up point (speed dial #12). Parking: The hotel offers complimentary parking.

    Hilton Garden Inn

    Hilton Garden Inn

    2000 Bridgepointe Circle San Mateo, CA 94404

    The Hilton Garden Inn San Mateo is an alternate hotel option, located 6 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport with a complimentary airport shuttle to the hotel. Each guest room has complimentary wireless internet access.

    The discounted room rate for Sun – Thurs is $249 and the Fri and Sat night rate is $169 for a King room. The cut-off date for the discounted price is April 27th. To make a reservation by phone, please call 650-522-9000 or 877-782-9444 and reference Maker Faire 2015 or book online at Online Reservations. Parking: The hotel offers complimentary parking.

    Sofitel San Francisco Bay

    Sofitel San Francisco Bay

    223 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA 94065

    The Sofitel San Francisco is an alternate resort-style hotel option, located 11.5 miles from the San Francisco International Airport at Redwood Shores. Each guest room has complimentary high-speed internet access.

    The discounted room rates are $199 on Thurs and $139 Fri – Sun for a superior room. The cut-off date for special pricing is April 29th. For individual reservations, please call 650-598-9000 and reference the Maker Faire 2015 room rate or make your reservations online here. Parking: Self parking is available for a fee.

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    San Mateo Marriott

    1770 South Amphlett Blvd San Mateo, CA 94402

    The San Mateo Marriott is an alternate hotel option, located 10 minutes from the San Francisco Airport. Each guest room has complimentary high-speed internet access. The discounted room rate is $149 and the cut-off date for discounted pricing is April 23rd. For individual reservations, please call 866-263-1461 and reference the Maker Faire room block or make your reservation online here. This hotel offers hourly airport shuttle service from 5am – 9 pm.


    Courtyard Marriott

    Courtyard Marriott

    550 Shell Boulevard Foster City, CA 94404

    The Courtyard Marriott San Mateo is an alternate hotel option, located 7 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport. Each guest room has complimentary high-speed internet access.

    The discounted room rate is $125 for a King room. The cut-off date for discounted pricing is April 23rd. For individual reservations, please call 650-377-0600 or 888-236-2427 and reference the Maker Faire room block or book online at Online Reservations. The discounted rate is automatically applied on the website. Parking: The hotel offers complimentary parking.

    If you have a problem securing your reservation or the discounted room rate at any of the Maker Faire hotels, please contact hotels@makerfaire.com