Makers

Call for Makers

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire is seeking anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an enthusiastic audience. It’s a vibrant gathering of innovative minds, and the perfect opportunity to learn as well as share!

Deadline: June 20, 2016

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things, including, but not limited to:

  • Student projects
  • Robotics
  • Arduino projects
  • Space projects
  • Food makers
  • Conductive materials projects
  • Interactive art projects
  • 3D printers and CNC mills
  • Textile arts and crafts
  • Home energy monitoring
  • Rockets and remote controlled toys
  • Sustainability, green tech
  • Crafters, puppets, kites, bicycles
  • Radios, vintage computers and game systems
  • Electronics, electric vehicles
  • Biology/biotech and chemistry projects
  • Shelter (tents, domes, etc.)
  • Music performances and participation
  • Unusual tools or machines
  • Demonstrations on how to fix things or take them apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.)
  • Wearable art

Maker Information and Application Process

The next step for participating in the Seattle Mini Maker Faire is to fill out an application that tells us more about your project. Individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, young makers, as well as groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools are all encouraged to apply. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

2016 IMPORTANT DATES

  • Entry Opens: March 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline: June 20, 2016
  • Acceptance Notifications: by July 15, 2016
  • Maker Load-In: Friday, September 16, 2016 (afternoon/evening)
  • Maker Faire Event Dates: Saturday, September 17–Sunday, September 18, , 2016; 10:00am–5:00pm
  • Load-Out: Sunday, September 18, 2016 (evening)

VENUE

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be expanding the Seattle Mini Maker Faire to include some outdoor space around the museum, including the first floor of the covered parking lot located at 5th Avenue N and Harrison Street next to the Seattle Center. We are looking forward to providing makers a standard booth size of 8’ x 8’ and to feature more of the innovative projects from around the area.

TYPES OF MAKER EXHIBITORS

  1. Maker Exhibit – An all-weekend exhibit to demo your project(s) (includes commercial makers). Exhibitors can indicate if they would prefer to have a booth and/or host workshops.
  2. Performer/Presenter – A scheduled presentation or performance (10, 20, or 30 minutes in length), or indicate that you’d like to be a roaming presenter.
  3. Sponsor – For start-ups and established companies that would like to have greater visibility before, during, and after the event and also want to support the local maker community please email makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org for more information on becoming a sponsor.

Note:

  • More details and descriptions of the entry categories can be found below.
  • Makers can fill out more than one proposal and more than one category if desired.
  • Please select a quality photo of your project or yourself to include with your application.

Questions? Email makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org.

ENTRY INFORMATION

Detailed information about entry categories and booth specifications can be found below. To apply, click on the link to the application. After submitting your application form you will receive an email confirming your application completion. If you do not receive this, please email makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org.

MORE INFORMATION ON ENTRY CATEGORIES

Maker Exhibit Form

For maker groups and organizations, please have one point person to coordinate your efforts. Please note that this year Seattle Mini Maker Faire will be taking over the Seattle Center Next 50 Plaza and the majority of booths will be outdoors. Some tenting will be provided. More details provided upon acceptance.

Maker Exhibit can also include these three sub-types:

  • Non-Commercial Maker
    • There is no fee for individual makers that are not focused on sales at the event. Booths include a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 8’ space with one six-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application as required. If a larger space is desired, please specify in your project description and we will take this into consideration while reviewing applications.
    • Booth Fee: FREE
  • 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 Seattle Mini Maker Faire, we have created a special category where organizations can qualify for special reduced rates. This fee does not apply to makerspaces, hackerspaces, or youth maker groups which receive free exhibit space at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Booths include a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 8’ space with one six-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application as required.
    • Note: If your organization cannot afford the booth fee, please continue to fill out the application, indicate what type of organization you are, and provide details in the space indicated. We will take this into consideration while reviewing your application. We have limited scholarships and grants available to support organizations that inspire people of all ages to make things.
    • Booth Fee: $100 (due August 1)
  • Commercial Maker (Focused on product sales or marketing at the event)
    • Commercial maker booths include individuals, small businesses, and start-ups who would like to sell or market products along with a demonstration of what they make. Submit a Maker Exhibit application and indicate that you are a Commercial Maker. Standard booths include a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 8’ indoor space with one six-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application as required. Large booths include a 10’ x 20’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 16’ indoor space with two six-foot tables, four chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application as required.
    • Note: Established, large businesses do not qualify for this category, but we do offer great sponsor benefits for established businesses and start-ups that want greater visibility and exposure. Please visit Sponsors for information on becoming a sponsor. [link to sponsor page]
    • Commercial Maker Booth Fee: $200 (standard booth)/$375 (large booth)

(Booth fees are due August 1)

PERFORMERS/PRESENTERS

Presenters are individuals that would like to talk about an idea or project of interest to the maker community, or demonstrate what they made and how it works. Performers can include musicians or any type of maker-spirited entertainers who would like to perform at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Some performances have been roaming and unscheduled, which is welcomed. Please fill out the application and indicate your set, demo, or presentation time (10, 20, or 30 minutes in length), or indicate that you’d like to be a roaming presenter.

SPONSORS

Companies and commercial entities are welcomed as sponsors at Maker Faire and will be offered unparalleled exposure before, during, and after the Seattle Mini Maker Faire as well as getting an opportunity to support the maker community. Please see Sponsors or email makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org. For details on sponsorship levels, download the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire sponsorship packet.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Immediately following your submission, you will receive email confirmation that we have received your application. If you don’t receive this email, let us know by contacting us at makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org. Acceptances with further details will be sent via email by July 15, 2016. We will send regular updates and your Maker Agreement in advance of the Faire to give you ample time to plan for the event.

OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN SEATTLE MINI MAKER FAIRE

Volunteer: Seattle Mini Maker Faire wouldn’t be possible without an amazing group of volunteers in support of the maker community! If you are interested in making a contribution to the Seattle Mini Maker Faire we are looking for street team help getting the word out before the event, and also help during the event onsite to make all aspects of the event go smoothly from load-in to load-out. More details on volunteering coming soon. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, feel free to email volunteers@EMPmuseum.org.

We look forward to seeing you at Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

Note: Applications are due at 11:59 PM on June 20, 2016.


Interested in past maker projects? View the 2015 archive.

6 responses to “Makers

  1. There was a guy outside at the Seattle Mini Maker Fair 2014, he had a tent-like structure that had hexagon or pentagon sides, made of wood, connected with some ingenious routed PVC section at the joints. I think he also had rocket stoves. Took his business card, but tragically lost it. Does anyone have his name, company name, website? I really loved his fun tent design!

  2. So I see that you are looking for Makers for next year (2015) but there is no place to apply http://d20qd7r85qgj0.cloudfront.net/SIC2014_Program.pdf
    I have attached a link to the SEattle Interactive program that shows the request. I have also seen a tweet.

  3. I see you are looking for makers to apply for next year (2015). http://d20qd7r85qgj0.cloudfront.net/SIC2014_Program.pdf
    This is the program for Seattle Interactive that asks folks to apply. I also saw a tweet about this. But there is no place to do this.

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