Call for Makers – SE Michigan, Mini Maker Faire

Call for Makers – SE Michigan, Mini Maker Faire

Dale Grover, of GO-Tech (Ann Arbor, MI), writes:

Developers, artists, and enthusiasts will display their ideas at the first Ann Arbor “Mini” Maker Faire, August 29, 2009, in downtown Ann Arbor. Applications are sought from people and groups with engaging, cool projects.

Entry Deadline: August 4, 2009. Space is limited–please submit your entry by the deadine!
Notification of Acceptance: Entries submitted by August 4th will be notified by August 8th.
Location: Neutral Zone, downtown Ann Arbor.
Hours: open to the public 10 AM – 5 PM Saturday August 29, 2009
Entry Form:

Organized by members of the Ann Arbor tech and arts communities such as a2geeks and GO-Tech, this “Mini” Maker Faire is a small, local version of the huge Bay-area Faire, the newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft, and engineering, and music, in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become makers. This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers–anyone who is embracing DIY and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

We encourage you to join the fun and enter a project to exhibit. You can submit an entry through the web using the link described below.

Entries: The first step to participating in this Mini Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools. Please provide a short description of what you make and what you will actually bring to the Mini Maker Faire. Please link to photographs or videos of what you make. Maker exhibits should be non-commercial. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

Maker Exhibit: Our standard setup for a Maker exhibit is roughly a 8′ x 8′ space. Use this space to display your work and/or demonstrate how you make something. Workshop/classes are also possible.

Additional presentation space (e.g., stage) may be available for presentations, performances, and demonstration workshops. We will ask accepted exhibitors for proposals to use this space on an hour-by-hour basis.

All proposals will be reviewed and we will notify makers of acceptance via email by August 8th (for entries received by the August 4th deadline).

NOTE: Makers whose entries are accepted will receive free registration to Mini Maker Faire. However, we cannot pay for transportation, accommodations, or other costs.

[The above photo is from a recent GO-Tech demo of lost-foam sand casting by Rick Chownyk.]

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4 thoughts on “Call for Makers – SE Michigan, Mini Maker Faire

  1. Matt Mets says:

    Got my entry in, looking forward to it!

  2. justDIY says:

    Four days of ‘notice’ before the deadline, that is very generous. Hat’s off to the blue and gold crowd.

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