Seattle Mini Maker Faire
A public faire featuring passion projects of all stripes.
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!
Call for Makers
July 1, 2015
September 19–20, 2015
To start the process to participate in the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, fill out an application that tells us more about your project. Individuals of all ages, businesses, and non-profit organizations, as well as groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools are all encouraged to apply. Read full details below.
Now in its fourth 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 over 60 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:
Individuals, groups, schools and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an all-weekend exhibit space and/or workshop. Interactive exhibits are encouraged. 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.
Maker Exhibit Sub-Types
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 a 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 a 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 applications. We have limited scholarships and grants available to support organizations that inspire people of all ages to make things.
Booth Fee: $80 (due one month prior to the event)
(Focused on product sales or marketing at the event.)
Commercial maker booths include individuals and businesses 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, including whether you are a small business (less than 25 employees) or an established business (more than 25 employees). Standard booths include a 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or a 8’ x 8’ indoor space with one six-foot table, two chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application as required. Large booths include a 10’ x 20’ outdoor space or a 8’ x 16’ indoor space with two six-foot tables, four chairs, internet, and electrical if specified in your application as required.
Small Business Booth Fee: $200 (standard booth)/$375 (large booth)
Established Business Booth Fee: $500 (standard booth)/$750 (large booth)
(Booth fees are due one month prior to the event)
Whether you are a start-up company or established commercial entity, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers additional sponsorship opportunities to increase your exposure and presence—please see Sponsors or email makerfaire@EMPmuseum.org. For details on sponsorship levels, download the 2015 Maker Faire Sponsorship packet (PDF).
Additional Information on Maker Exhibit Booth Specifications
Maker Faire encourages a fun and interactive explosion of demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, presentations, and performances. Your assigned area will be provided with standard tables, chairs, and electrical as specified. Makers add the final splash of creativity to make their space unique and awesome!
- Standard Booth Specifications: A 10’ x 10’ outdoor space or a 8’ x 8’ indoor space including one six-foot table, two chairs, and one 3-prong electrical outlet per small booth.
- Large Booth Specifications: For commercial businesses and maker groups that specify they are curating a space that needs a larger footprint, there are limited 8’ x 16’ spaces available including two six-foot tables, four chairs, and two 3-prong outlets per large booth. The space sizing notes are the event standard sizing with at least a 10’ ceiling indoors. We will make an effort to accommodate larger, more spectacular projects wherever possible.
- Outdoor Booths on EMP’s Plaza and Seattle Center’s Next 50 Plaza: Please note that this year a majority of Seattle Mini Maker Faire will be located outdoors on the Next 50 Plaza. Please indicate if your exhibit requires indoor placement in your application. Please note that this space is rain or shine and you must bring your own shelter. Security will be onsite overnight outdoors.
- Electrical: Please specify in your application what level of electrical requirements are needed. If no electrical is required for your project, please specify in your application. Please plan to bring anything else that you will require, such as extension cords/power strips and any hardware or supplies that will help you display your project. We assume that you will supply any equipment or supplies needed to make your project functional.
- Internet: Internet will be provided throughout the venue for all makers. Note: some outdoor locations have poor reception.
- Staffing Your Booth: Makers are permitted up to four individuals to staff their booth for the weekend. Please be sure that all your volunteers are clear on your booth name so that when they check in there is no confusion.
- T-Shirts: Each booth will receive up to two free Seattle Mini Maker Faire t-shirts. Additional t-shirts will be available for purchase.
September 19–20, 2015
EMP Museum and surrounding Seattle Center locations
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 representatives from:
4Culture, Academy of Interactive Entertainment, 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, Lead Pencil Studio, 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, Velocity Dance Center, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium
Seattle Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.
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