Wednesday, June 22, 2016

4 Steps to Apply to World #MakerFaire NYC & Attend for Free!

If you've ever had the opportunity to attend a Maker Faire, you understand what a fantastic experience it is. Last year when I attended many teachers lamented that the ticket price put attendance out of reach for them and their students. Don't let them happen again this year. Don't just visit the Maker Faire. Be a part of the experience and apply within the next month (application closes July 17th) to participate in one of many ways.

Read on for details!


The Important Stuff...

How To Apply:

1) Login into the Maker Faire website: http://makerfaire.com/login
2) Select an entry form from the choices below that best fits your participation in Maker Faire. You may fill out more than one entry form.
3) Before starting your application, have a bio and select a quality photo of your project and yourself. File must 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 visit http://makerfaire.com/maker-faire/help-with-photos

Entry form choices:
Note - You must be logged in to access links.

An all weekend exhibit to show-off your project(s), to demo or discuss how you made them, and to inspire people to make. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things. Details below.
A scheduled performance, usually on a stage, set lengths vary.
A scheduled 12, 25 or 45 minute presentation, usually on a stage.

4)  Upon submitting your application, you will be sent a confirmation letter with your Exhibit Name and ID number, and a link to the Maker Admin Tool which allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s). If you do not receive this, contact makers@makerfaire.com.

Sample topics

    • 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.

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.

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