Calling All Makers!

The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a full-blown community festival that brings together science, art, craft, homesteading and engineering plus music, food, workshops, and performance.Last year—our third year—we welcomed more than 5,100 people to the Grand Rapids Maker Faire!

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 4!

Apply as an exhibitor, performer, or presenter. Please enter early so we can reserve space for your exhibit.

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. (Food vendors please write to Jim at jackerman@grpm.org.)

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 your product, 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:
  • Robotics
  • Wearables, E-Textiles, Fashion Tech
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Drones & Rockets
  • Kinetic, Fire & Installation Art
  • Digital Fabrication – 3D Printers, CNC, ETC
  • Open Hardware Projects
  • Design: Industrial, Fashion, Product, Urban
  • Young Makers & School Maker Clubs
  • Music Performance
  • Hacks of Any Sort
  • Glass/Ceramics
  • Foundry & Blacksmithing
  • How-To Workshops, Panel Discussions and Presenters
  • Electronics
  • Textiles and Arts and Crafts
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • 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.)

Setup

Maker Exhibit: Our standard setup for a Maker exhibit is a 8’x10′ space. 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: 25 minute or 50 minute time slots. Can be demos, stories, how-tos, and group (panel) conversations.

Performances: Our main music stage typically has 40-45 minute sets. 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: makerfaire@grpm.org.

 

We look forward to seeing you at Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire on August 19 & 20!