Seattle Mini Maker Faire

See. Make. Break. Share. Repeat.

  1. Maker Faire is an interactive and educational platform for makers of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’re interested in robotics or crafting, this DIY festival is filled with tons of hands-on family-friendly activities.

    The whole family can get into the maker spirit with a variety of demonstrations and interactive projects.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  2. Maker Faire combines the spirit of a science fair, country fair, and the DIY movement into the greatest show (and tell) on earth.

    Makers pose with Predicta PC’s up-stored, up-graded, and restored Philco Predicta TVs. Made fully functional with Windows PCs, this installation paid tribute to lost music icons Prince, David Bowie, and Lou Reed.

    Photo by Nat Seymour (Be Technical Graphics).

  3. What is the maker movement?

    Comprised of tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, and garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds, this grassroots innovation focuses on the creation of DIY technology. Maker culture is interested in hands-on projects ranging from engineering to craft-based pursuits. With an emphasis on practical skills, the maker movement inspires rugged individualism and learning through doing.

    Photo by Nat Seymour (Be Technical Graphics).

Maker Faire, hailed as the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness—and a celebration of the maker movement: people not just hungry to talk about the next big thing, but to make it!

Guests are invited to get their hands dirty and try out amazing projects through exhibits, hands-on activities, demonstrations, performances, and talks that blend art, engineering, science, and technology. It’s a vibrant gathering of innovative minds, and the perfect opportunity to learn as well as share!

CALLING ALL MAKERS!

Whether you work with tech, crafts, cars, robots, sculpture, robots, mad science, or something in between, we want to show it off at the 2017 Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

We’re seeking makers of all ages including individuals, hobbyist groups, schools, non-profit organizations, and commercial businesses. Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.

As you prepare to apply for the Call for Makers, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Be descriptive as possible about your project
  • Think about what your exhibit space will require to run
  • Provide good photos or video content, if available
  • Ask questions if you’re not sure about something (contact us at makerfaire@MoPOP.org)

For examples of projects, visit our Makers page or browse the archive.

See you at the Seattle Mini Maker Faire September 16-17 at MoPOP.

APPLY

We encourage interactive exhibits that highlight the process of making things, including, but not limited to:  
Art and Engineering Projects // Hands-On Workshops & Builds // 3D Printers and Laser Cutters // Autonomation // Bikes and Cars // Biology and Science // Coding // Gaming // Music and Instruments // Textile Arts, Crafts, and Handmade Goods // Makerspaces // Pop Culture Geeky Projects // Recycled and Upcycled Projects // Robotics // Start-Ups, Hackers, and Tech // Sustainable // Wearable Art // Youth Makers and Schools // AND SO MUCH MORE!

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

The next step for participating in the Seattle Mini Maker Faire is to fill out an application that tells us more about your project. Individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, young makers, as well as groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools are all encouraged to apply. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

2017 IMPORTANT DATES

Application Open: April 5
Application Deadline: June 26
Acceptance Notifications: By July 18
Maker Load-In: Friday, September 15 (afternoon/evening)
Maker Faire Event Dates: Saturday, September 16–Sunday, September 17, 10:00am–5:00pm
Load-Out: Sunday, September 17 (evening)

VENUE

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire venue includes the Museum of Pop Culture and additional outdoor space on Seattle Center’s Next 50 Plaza.

TYPES OF MAKER EXHIBITORS

1. Maker Exhibit – An all-weekend exhibit to demo your project(s) (includes non-commercial and small business commercial makers). Exhibitors can indicate if they would prefer a booth and/or host demos/workshops. Hands-on and interactive exhibits are encouraged
2. Performer/Presenter – A scheduled presentation or performance (10, 20, or 30 minutes in length), or indicate that you’d like to be a roaming presenter
3. Sponsor – Start-ups and established companies that would like to have greater Maker Faire visibility and want to support the local maker community please email AmandaS@MoPOP.org

NOTE

• More details and descriptions of the entry categories can be in additional tabs
• Makers may fill out more than one proposal and more than one category if desired
• Please select a quality photo of your project or yourself to include with your application

Questions? Email makerfaire@MoPOP.org

 

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Dates + Time

September 16–17, 2017
10:00am–5:00pm

Location

Museum of Pop Culture and Seattle Center's Next 50 Plaza

Committee + Partners

Seattle Mini Maker Faire would not be possible without the incredible community of innovators and makers from across the region. Additionally, Seattle Mini Maker Faire has a large team of advisors, committee members, and collaborators including current and past representatives from:

4Culture, ARCADE Northwest, Brown Paper Tickets, ChickTech, DigiPen Institute of Technology, Dorkbot Seattle, Fab Lab Tacoma, Flying Heritage Collection, Foundry10, Geek Girl Carrots, Glowforge, HiveBio Community Lab, International Gaming Association, Jigsaw Renaissance, Jordan T Adams Events : Creative, King County Library System, Lakeside School, Living Computer Museum, Lost Lake Technology, LLC, Metrix Create:Space, Museum of Flight, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Online Metals, Open Beam, Pacific Science Center, Penny University, Pierce County Libraries, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Makerfest, Seattle App Academy, Seattle Attic Community Workshop, Seattle Interactive Conference, Seattle Made/Seattle Good Business Network, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Public Schools, SODO Makerspace: Seattle Fab Lab, Seattle ReCreative, Start-Up Weekend, Taya Sol, The Boeing Company, The Children's Museum, The Foundry Bellingham, Third Place Technologies, UW Division of Design, UW Ecoclimate Lab, UW Human Powered Submarine Team, Washington State Science & Engineering Fair, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, and all Seattle Mini Maker Faire exhibitors!

Archive

Seattle Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

About MAKE Magazine:
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

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