Seattle Mini Maker Faire

See. Make. Break. Share. Repeat.

  1. The Microsoft Lounge welcomed new and longtime users alike to learn how Windows 10 IoT Core can help them build their own exciting projects at home and in the workplace on Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Intel.

    Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2015.

    Photo courtesy Jim Bennett.

  2. Art meets engineering in Daisy, the world's largest solar-powered tricycle.

    Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2015.

    Photo courtesy Jim Bennett.

  3. More than 100 makers gathered to share projects blending art, engineering, science, and technology, exploring everything from sustainability and green tech to rockets and remote-controlled toys.

    Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2015.

    Photo courtesy Jim Bennett.

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!

Now in its fifth year, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, garage tinkerers, and commercial makers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public—anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit.

Over the course of the weekend, guests are invited to get their hands dirty and try out the latest inventions, activities, and talks that blend art, engineering, science, and technology from more than 100 makers. It’s a vibrant gathering of innovative minds, and the perfect opportunity to learn as well as share!

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things, including, but not limited to:

Call for Makers

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire is seeking anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an enthusiastic audience. It’s a vibrant gathering of innovative minds, and the perfect opportunity to learn as well as share!

Deadline

June 20, 2016

The Call for Makers period has passed. Event tickets go on sale July 6, 2016. Check back for updates!

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things, including, but not limited to: 

  • Student projects
  • Robotics
  • Arduino projects
  • Space projects
  • Food makers
  • Conductive materials projects
  • Interactive art projects
  • 3D printers and CNC mills
  • Textile arts and crafts
  • Home energy monitoring
  • Rockets and remote controlled toys
  • Sustainability, green tech
  • Crafters, puppets, kites, bicycles
  • Radios, vintage computers and game systems
  • Electronics, electric vehicles
  • Biology/biotech and chemistry projects
  • Shelter (tents, domes, etc.)
  • Music performances and participation
  • Unusual tools or machines
  • Demonstrations on how to fix things or take them apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.)
  • Wearable art

2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire

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

Maker Information and Application Process

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.

2016 Important Dates

  • Entry Opens: March 15, 2016
  • Application Deadline: June 20, 2016
  • Acceptance Notifications: by July 15, 2016
  • Maker Load-In: Friday, September 16, 2016 (afternoon/evening)
  • Maker Faire Event Dates: Saturday, September 17–Sunday, September 18, 2016; 10:00am–5:00pm
  • Load-Out: Sunday, September 18, 2016 (evening)

Venue

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be expanding the Seattle Mini Maker Faire to include some outdoor space around the museum, including the first floor of the covered parking lot located at 5th Avenue N and Harrison Street next to the Seattle Center. We are looking forward to providing makers a standard booth size of 8’ x 8’ and to feature more of the innovative projects from around the area.

Types of Maker Exhibitors

  1. Maker Exhibit – An all-weekend exhibit to demo your project(s) (includes commercial makers). Exhibitors can indicate if they would prefer to have a booth and/or host workshops.
  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 – For start-ups and established companies that would like to have greater visibility before, during, and after the event and also want to support the local maker community please email makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org for more information on becoming a sponsor. 

Note:

  • More details and descriptions of the entry categories can be found below.
  • Makers can 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@empmuseum.org.

Entry Information

Detailed information about entry categories and booth specifications can be found below. To apply, click on the link to the application. After submitting your application form you will receive an email confirming your application completion. If you do not receive this, please email makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org.

More Information on Entry Categories

Maker Exhibit Form
For maker groups and organizations, please have one point person to coordinate your efforts. Please note that this year Seattle Mini Maker Faire will be taking over the Seattle Center Next 50 Plaza and the majority of booths will be outdoors. Some tenting will be provided. More details provided upon acceptance.

Maker Exhibit can also include these three sub-types:

  • Non-Commercial Maker
    • There is no fee for individual makers that are not focused on sales at the event. Booths include a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 8’ space with one six-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application as required. If a larger space is desired, please specify in your project description and we will take this into consideration while reviewing applications.
    • Booth Fee: FREE
  • Non-Profit and Cause or Mission-Based Associations, Institutions, and Organizations
    • In an effort to respond to requests from a variety of organizations that would like to participate in Seattle Mini Maker Faire, we have created a special category where organizations can qualify for special reduced rates. This fee does not apply to makerspaces, hackerspaces, or youth maker groups which receive free exhibit space at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Booths include a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 8’ space with one six-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application as required.
    • Note: If your organization cannot afford the booth fee, please continue to fill out the application, indicate what type of organization you are, and provide details in the space indicated. We will take this into consideration while reviewing your application. We have limited scholarships and grants available to support organizations that inspire people of all ages to make things.
    • Booth Fee: $100 (due August 1)
  • Commercial Maker (Focused on product sales or marketing at the event)
    • Commercial maker booths include individuals, small businesses, and start-ups who would like to sell or market products along with a demonstration of what they make. Submit a Maker Exhibit application and indicate that you are a Commercial Maker. Standard booths include a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or an 8’ x 8’ indoor space with one six-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application as required.
    • Note: Established, large businesses do not qualify for this category, but we do offer great sponsor benefits for established businesses and start-ups that want greater visibility and exposure. Please visit Sponsors for information on becoming a sponsor.
    • Commercial Maker Booth Fee: $200 (standard booth)

(Booth fees are due August 1)

Performers/Presenters

Presenters are individuals that would like to talk about an idea or project of interest to the maker community, or demonstrate what they made and how it works. Performers can include musicians or any type of maker-spirited entertainers who would like to perform at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Some performances have been roaming and unscheduled, which is welcomed. Please fill out the application and indicate your set, demo, or presentation time (10, 20, or 30 minutes in length), or indicate that you’d like to be a roaming presenter.

Sponsors

Companies and commercial entities are welcomed as sponsors at Maker Faire and will be offered unparalleled exposure before, during, and after the Seattle Mini Maker Faire as well as getting an opportunity to support the maker community. Please see Sponsors or email makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org. For details on sponsorship levels, download the 2016 Seattle Mini Maker Faire sponsorship packet (PDF).

What Happens Next

Immediately following your submission, you will receive email confirmation that we have received your application. If you don’t receive this email, let us know by contacting us at makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org. Acceptances with further details will be sent via email by July 15, 2016. We will send regular updates and your Maker Agreement in advance of the Faire to give you ample time to plan for the event.

Other Ways to Participate in Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Volunteer: Seattle Mini Maker Faire wouldn’t be possible without an amazing group of volunteers in support of the maker community! If you are interested in making a contribution to the Seattle Mini Maker Faire we are looking for street team help getting the word out before the event, and also help during the event onsite to make all aspects of the event go smoothly from load-in to load-out. More details on volunteering coming soon. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, feel free to email volunteers@EMPmuseum.org.

We look forward to seeing you at Seattle Mini Maker Faire!

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Dates

September 17-18, 2016

Location

EMP Museum and Seattle Center's Next 50 Plaza

Committee

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, DigiPen Institute of Technology, Fab Lab Tacoma, Flying Heritage Collection, Geek Girl Carrots, Jigsaw Renaissance, Jordan T Adams Events : Creative, King County Library System, Living Computer Museum, Lost Lake Technology, LLC, Metrix Create Space, Museum of Flight, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Arts and Culture, Open Beam, Pacific Science Center, Penny University, Pierce County Libraries, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Makerfest, Seattle Interactive Conference, Seattle Made/Seattle Good Business Network, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Public Schools, SODO Makerspace: Seattle Fab Lab, The Boeing Company, The Children's Museum, UW Division of Design, UW Ecoclimate Lab, Washington State Science & Engineering Fair, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, and all Seattle Mini Maker Faire exhibitors!

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

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Coppersmith Sponsors:

Cypress SemiconductorsGlowforgeLiving Computer Museum

Maker Sponsors:

Ada's Technical BooksDigiPenFoundry10K12Lake Washington Institute of TechnologyWoodcraft Seattle

Media Partners:

GeekwireSeattle Times

Community Partners:

Pacific Science CenterPrattSeattle AtticSeattle MadeSeattle ReCreative