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Hear ye! Hear ye! If you’ve got an awesome project you want to show off to the community at the largest DIY festival on Earth, you only have a few more days to get your application in. The Call for Makers originally was due to close last Sunday, but folks asked for a little extra time, and we’ve extended it to Sunday, March 2, 2014 at midnight PST, but this is the last call.

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Maker Faire Bay Area is the Faire that started it all and this year we’re in our 9th year. Last year’s Maker Faire Bay Area featured 900+ maker exhibits and hosted 120,000 attendees representing 47 states and 36 countries. If you’re a maker, this is the place to be! Don’t delay — apply today!

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There are a number of different types of maker applications:

  • Maker Exhibit – an all-weekend exhibit to demo your project(s) (includes Commercial Makers)

  • Performer – a scheduled performance, usually on a stage, set lengths vary
  • Presenter – a scheduled 10, 20 or 45 minute presentation, usually on a stage
  • Sponsor – established companies or commercial entities
  • Startup Sponsor – startup companies: <5 yrs in business, <10 employees, etc. Details in form.We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

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Here are just some of the topics that we’re looking for:

  • 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 R/C 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

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You never know what maker-made wonders you’ll see at Maker Faire Bay Area, and that’s the beauty of it. You’re sure to leave inspired!

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Also, this year the Power Racing Series is back! Participating teams from all over the country strip down and build up kids’ toy cars of the Power Wheels persuasion and race them on a specially designed track for hundreds of cheering fans. Rally your team and register to race!

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Here’s a video of the Power Racing Series in effect:

Can’t participate as a maker at Maker Faire Bay Area, but want to attend? Discounted, early-bird tickets are available until March 17. Pick up your tickets today!

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

I was an editor for the first 40 volumes of MAKE. The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. Covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made.

Contact me at snowgoli (at) gmail (dot) com.


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