Calling All Makers Form is Open!
The Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire is a full day community event that brings together science, art, craft, and engineering plus music, food, workshops, and performance. We look to connect hobbyists, professional makers, and students.
2017 was our third annual event and we attracted over 2000 attendees. Attendees got to meet the nearly 50 makers showing and explaining projects of all sorts and sizes; participate in hands-on workshops and making across tech, craft, science. We also added a stage to include live performances, flew drones in the fountain area, and made our own Whirlpool Compass Fountain out of Diet Coke and Mentos. We look forward to adding your programming this year!
This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers across the Southwest Michigan region and beyond—anyone who is embracing the DIY or DIT (do-it-together!) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.
Apply as an exhibitor, performer, or presenter. The first step to participating in the Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals; groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools; commercial makers or crafters; startups; and companies.
Entry Open Date: Feb. 13, 2018. Please enter early so we can reserve space for your exhibit.
Priority Round Close Date: May 1, 2018. First round of the Call closes. Applications will still be reviewed following this date, but we may not be able to accommodate requests. We will respond on a rolling basis.
Note there is no fee to participate in the Maker Faire if you are not selling or promoting a product. If you are a “commercial maker” and want to sell, booth fees are $100. Startups and companies can participate at varying levels (please check out our Become a Sponsor page for more information).
Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:
Wearables, E-Textiles, Fashion Tech
Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
Drones & RC Fun
Kinetic & Installation Art
Digital Fabrication – 3D Printers, CNC, ETC
Open Hardware Projects
Design: Industrial, Fashion, Product, Urban
Young Makers & School Maker Clubs
Hacks of Any Sort
Foundry & Blacksmithing
How-To Workshops, Panel Discussions and Presenters
Textiles and Arts and Crafts
Rockets and RC Toys
Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
Bicycles and Human-Powered Machines
Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
Unusual Tools or Machines
How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)
Maker Exhibit: Our standard setup for a Maker exhibit is a 8’x10′ space that includes a six foot table and two chairs. If you need more space for your exhibit or project, please let us know. Use this space to display your work and/or demonstrate how you make something.
Presentations or Workshops: Might be demos, stories, how-tos, or group (panel) conversations.
Performances: We will once again have a stage area available. We love to program non-musical performances as well, and encourage pop-up performance happenings.
Apply Early for Priority Placement
If you have any questions about participating in Maker Faire, please contact us by email: email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you at Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire on June 2, 2018!