APPLY NOW FOR MAKER FAIRE PITTSBURGH 2015!
Calling all makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: the call for entries is now open! Click on the link below to create your proposal on CallForMakers.org, and exhibit, present, perform or host a workshop at Maker Faire Pittsburgh.
Maker Faire is an exhibition of all kinds of making from all kinds of makers. Everyone is encouraged to apply; however, Maker Faire has a limited amount of exhibition space, and preference is given to exhibits that are innovative, educational and spectacular. If you have questions about your exhibit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for our email list to learn about upcoming Info Sessions.
MAKER INFORMATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Individuals, groups, schools, clubs, organizations and entrepreneurs are all invited to apply to demonstrate what they make and share what they have learned with other makers and with the community. Exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things are highly encouraged.
Here are just some of the topics we’re be looking for:
Student projects * Robotics * Homegrown Drones * Arduino projects * Raspberry Pi * Space projects * Food makers * 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.)
- Applications Open: June 15, 2015
- Maker Application Deadline (Round 1): July 15, 2015
- Maker Acceptance Notifications (Round 1): July 31, 2015
- Final Application Deadline: August 15, 2015
- Maker Acceptance Notifications (Round 2): August 31, 2015
- Maker Orientation: October 3, 2015
- Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2015: October 10 & 11, 2015
Round 1 applications are due by 11:59 pm Eastern time on July 15, 2015.
Round 2 applications are due by 11:59 pm Eastern time on August 15, 2015.
Don’t wait until the last minute. The application asks for a lot of information and may require discussion with Maker Faire Staff.
Types of Exhibits
Makers may submit one or more applications in one or more categories.
Maker (Non-Commercial): Individuals, groups, schools, and organizations who would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an all-weekend exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged. There is no fee for participation.
Maker (Commercial): Individuals who would like to sell or market their products or services along with demonstrating what they make at their maker exhibit. There is a $150 fee for exhibiting as a Commercial Maker with a standard set-up.
Note: Beginning in August, there will be a separate application for Crafters and Artist Vendors whose primary intent is to sell their creations. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive information about this opportunity. As for Commercial Makers, there is a $150 fee for participation.
What’s the difference between Commercial Makers and Crafters/Artist Vendors? Both will be part of Maker Faire. The “market” area will be dedicated to Crafters/Artist Vendors who are only selling their wares. Commercial Makers will exhibit in various areas of the event, demonstrating what they make; selling is in addition to their DIY demonstration, not the focus of their exhibit.
Performance: Musicians and other performing artists who would like to perform at Maker Faire either roaming or on stage. There is no fee for participation.
Presentation: Individuals and groups who would like to talk about an idea or project of interest to makers and event attendees, OR makers who would like to demonstrate what they make and how it works in a stage setting. There is no fee for participation.
Sponsor: Larger companies, as well as start-ups that would like to have greater visibility before, during, and after the event, are welcome as sponsors. Please email Julie Segner at Julie@makerfairepittsburgh.com or click here for more information.
Information About Exhibit Specifications
Maker Faire encourages a fun and interactive exposition of demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, presentations, and performances. Makers are welcome to make their space truly unique and awesome.
- Standard Booth Specifications
A 10’ x 8’ outdoor space with one six-foot table and two chairs. A limited number of exhibits can be accommodated indoors. Larger events and interactivites are encouraged, and we will attempt to accommodate larger, more spectacular exhibits wherever possible. Please state your preference on your application.
- Electrical, WiFi, and Supplies
Please specify in your application what level of electrical requirements and internet connectivity are needed for your exhibit. You must plan to bring anything else that you will require, such as extension cords/power strips and any hardware or supplies that will help you display your project. We assume that you will supply any equipment or supplies needed to make your project functional.
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. Specify in your application if you’ll need assistance with technical equipment and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
Performers include musicians or entertainers who would like to perform at Maker Faire Pittsburgh. Please fill out the application and indicate the length of your set or performance (e.g. 10, 20 or 30 minutes), or indicate that you’d like to be a roaming performer.
- The majority of Maker Faire Pittsburgh will take place outdoors, rain or shine. Please plan accordingly.
- This is a two-day event, Saturday and Sunday, October 10 & 11, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. All exhibits are expected to be in operation during the entire Maker Faire.
- Makers are permitted up to four individuals to staff their booth or activity for the weekend. Additional passes will be available for purchase at a reduced rate. For larger exhibits or interactivities, additional accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis.
ATTEND AN UPCOMING INFO SESSION
Join Maker Faire staff at an Info Session to learn more about how you can be a part of Maker Faire Pittsburgh as a maker, performer, presenter, sponsor, or volunteer. Ask questions about the Call for Makers application process, and tell us what you want to do and see at the event. Use the links below to register for one or more info sessions:
• Wednesday July 1, 6:30-8:30 pm at AlphaLab Gear Register
• Tuesday, July 7, 6:30-8:30pm at Assemble Register
• Monday, July 13, 6:30-8:30pm at TechShop Pittsburgh Register
• Saturday, July 18, 1pm – 5pm at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (Open House format – no registration required)
• Saturday, August 8, 5:30-7:30pm at HackPittsburgh Register
UPCOMING DROP-IN SESSIONS
If you can’t make an info session and have specific questions about your Maker Faire application, stop by a Maker Faire Drop-In Session for a one-on-one discussion with Maker Faire Staff. No registration required.
• Thursday 7/2, 5:30-7:30 at TechShop Pittsburgh
• Thursday 7/9, 5:30-7:30 at TechShop Pittsburgh
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
You will receive email confirmation as part of the registration process for your application.
Using the application form on CallforMakers.org, you can create, edit and manage your proposal(s) for Maker Faire Pittsburgh.
We will send regular Faire updates and your Maker Agreement in advance of the Faire to give you ample time to plan for the event. Questions? Contact Maker Faire Pittsburgh at email@example.com.