Thank you for your interest in Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

On Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2018, the much anticipated and always exciting, Seattle Mini Maker Faire returns for its seventh year. Through exhibits, presentations, talks, and workshops given over a space of two fun-filled days, this festival showcases and celebrates makers and the maker movement: crafters, tinkerers, engineers, hobbyists, authors, educator, inventors, filmmakers, musicians and more.

The event aims to inspire makers of all ages to further their passion for creation, as well as to ignite a passion for “making” in all those who are in attendance. Part science fair, street fair, and full-on innovation movement, last year’s Mini Maker Faire featured over 145 individual exhibits, performances, and presentations. And attendance was just as exciting, with over 8,000 guests. This year, we are hoping to build on last year’s success and would be honored to have you be a part of this effort.

Call for Makers is now open. For Application form, CLICK HERE


2018 Important Dates

Application Deadline: Friday, June 1

Exhibitor Acceptance Notifications: Friday, June 15

Maker Get-Together: Wednesday, June 20, 6pm at Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe

Presenter and Performer Acceptance Notifications: Friday, June 22

Makers Happy Hour: Saturday, July 28 at MoPOP

Maker Orientations: Sunday, August 12 at MoPOP

Maker Load-In: Friday, August 17

Maker Faire Event Dates: Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, August 19, 2018: 10am-5pm

Load-Out: Sunday, August 19, 2018 (Evening)


CALL FOR MAKERS!

Whether you work with tech, crafts, cars, robots, sculpture, robots, mad science, or something in between, we want to show it off at the 2018 Seattle Mini Maker Faire! The first step to participating in the Maker Faire is to submit an application telling us about your project. Individuals, groups (such as hobbyist clubs and schools), commercial makers or crafters, startups, and companies are all welcome to apply.

We’re seeking makers of all ages including individuals, hobbyist groups, schools, non-profit organizations, and commercial businesses. Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.

As you prepare to apply for the Call for Makers, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Be descriptive as possible about your project
  • Think about what your exhibit space will require to run
  • Provide good photos or video content, if available
  • Ask questions if you’re not sure about something (contact us at makerfaire@MoPOP.org)

For examples of projects, visit our Makers page or browse the archive.

Types of Maker Exhibitors:

  1. Maker Exhibit – An all-weekend exhibit to demo your project(s) (includes non-commercial and small business commercial makers). Exhibitors can indicate if they would prefer a booth and/or host demos/workshops. Hands-on and interactive exhibits are encouraged.
  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 – Start-ups and established companies that would like to have greater Maker Faire visibility and want to support the local maker community please email AmandaS@MoPOP.org for more information on becoming a sponsor.

Fees:

There is no fee to participate in the Maker Faire if you are not selling or promoting a product.  Booth fees are $200 for commercial makers selling at the event. Startups and companies can participate at varying pricing levels. Please check out our Become a Sponsor page for more information.

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.

Venue:

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire venue includes the Museum of Pop Culture and additional outdoor space on Seattle Center.

ENTRY INFORMATION:

After submitting your application, you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation, please email kwapiv@MoPOP.org.

ENTRY CATEGORIES

Maker Exhibit Form:
For maker groups and organizations, please have a point person to coordinate your efforts. Please note that most this year’s Seattle Mini Maker Faire booths will be outdoors at the Seattle Center Next 50 Plaza. Some tenting will be provided, and some exhibitors may be asked to provide their own shelter. More details provided upon acceptance.

Maker exhibits can also include these three sub-types:

Non-Commercial Maker:

There is no fee for individual makers and maker/hackerspaces that are not sales-focused at the event. Booths may be a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 8’ indoor space, which includes one 6-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application. If a larger space is required, please specify in your project description and we will take this into consideration while reviewing applications.

Booth Fee: FREE

Non-Profit, Cause, or Mission-Based Associations, Institutions, and Organizations:

Some organizations may 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 may be a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 8’ indoor space, which includes one six-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application.

Note: To apply for reduced rates, scholarships, and grants, indicate the type of organization and any pertinent details in space provided in the application. We will take this into consideration during review. Limited scholarships and grants are available to support organizations that inspire people of all ages to make things.

Booth Fee: $100 (due July 20)

Commercial Maker:

Individuals, small businesses, and start-ups who would like to sell or market products along with their maker demonstration should indicate they are a Commercial Maker in their application. Booths may be a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 8’ indoor space, which includes one 6-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application.

Please Note: Established, larger 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.

Commercial Maker Booth Fee: $200 (standard booth)

Performers/Presenters:

Individuals or groups that would like to perform 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, should apply and  indicate their set, demo, or presentation time (10, 20, or 30 minutes in length), or indicate that they’d like to be a roaming presenter.

Any maker-spirited entertainers may apply to perform at Seattle Mini Maker Faire.

NEXT STEPS

Immediately following your submission, you will receive an application confirmation email. If you don’t receive this email, contact us at kwapiv@MoPOP.org.

Accepted makers with further details will be sent via email by Friday, June 15, 2018. Email updates and your Maker Agreement will be sent in advance of the Faire to give you ample time to plan for the event.

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

Questions? Email kwapiv@MoPOP.org