Bay Area Maker Faire: Call for Makers Ends February 23

Bay Area Maker Faire: Call for Makers Ends February 23


UPDATE: Deadline extended until Sunday, March 2, at midnight PST.

Calling all makers near and far! Do you have an amazing project you want to share with the community? Our 9th annual Maker Faire Bay Area, our “home game” that started it all, is taking place May 17 and 18 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The Call for Makers is only open for about one more week, ending on February 23. We’ve started the process earlier this year to be sure that we showcase truly the best of the best. Space is limited and filling up fast, so take some time this weekend to get your application in.

Last year’s Maker Faire Bay Area featured over 900 maker exhibits! To boot, we had over 120,000 attendees representing 47 states and 36 countries. It was truly the world’s largest DIY festival and the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth. Every year it gets bigger and better!


Never been to a Maker Faire and wondering what it’s all about? Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. In a nutshell, it’s a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement.


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.


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


Want to see even more pics from Maker Faire Bay Area 2013? Check out this fun collection below.

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