Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

NOTE: The deadline for maker entries has passed. However, we have a couple options where you can still participate.

  • You can enter your project and we'll consider it as a last-minute addition. Tell us what you would like to bring, and we will do our best to see if there is space to accommodate it.
  • We have a new program for people that would like to volunteer their time and make an invaluable contribution to the success of Maker Faire. Get behind-the-scenes experience, and help make the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth happen! Learn more here.
  • Plan to come as an attendee, enjoy the show and support the Maker movement by purchasing your tickets early!

Key Points

  • World Maker Faire New York: September 29 and 30, 2012.
  • Entry Open Date: June 14th, 2012. Please enter early so we can reserve space for your exhibit.
  • Entry Close Date: CLOSED
  • Entry Form
  • Maker Manual
  • Maker Toolkit

Entries

The first step to participating in 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 would like to bring to Maker Faire, including links to photographs and/or videos of your project. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

Here are just some of the topics that we're looking for:

  • Student Projects
  • Robotics
  • Music Performance and Participation
  • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainability
  • Green Tech
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Food and Beverage Makers
  • Robotics
  • Puppets
  • Kites
  • Bicycles
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Maker Entry Categories

You can apply as a:

Makers : Individuals, groups, schools and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works; interactive exhibits are encouraged. For Maker groups, please have one point person to coordinate your efforts. No fee to exhibit for non-commercial exhibits. - change to "No fee to exhibit for Makers."

  • 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 Maker Faire, we have created a special category with an participation fee of $1,000. (Please note that this fee is due for a 10 x 10 space only and does not include electrical, internet or other requirements.) Participation fee is due September 7th.

  • Commercial Makers : Individuals who would like to sell products along with demonstrating what they make at their Maker exhibit. Please submit a Maker application and indicate that you are a Commercial Maker. There is a fee of $250 for a standard set-up (fee due September 7th). Please note, companies or commercial entities do not qualify as Commercial Makers. If you are a company or commercial entity, we have great opportunities available—please see Sponsors.

Presentation : Individuals and groups who would like to talk about an idea or project of interest to the Maker community, OR makers who are interested in demonstrating what they make and how it works in a stage setting. Presentations are typically 20 or 50 minutes, with some time for Q&A. Select "Presenter" and submit a Presenter application.

Music Performer : Musicians and entertainers who would like to perform at Maker Faire. Fill out the Music Performer application.

How to Apply

Application Form: Please go to the following URL and fill out the entry form to tell us about your project: http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2012/entry/

Other Ways to Participate at Maker Faire

Sponsors: We welcome sponsors at Maker Faire. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please see Sponsors.

Volunteer Training: For information about making an invaluable contribution at Maker Faire, please see our new Maker-In-Training program.

What Happens Next

Immediately following your submission, you will receive and email confirming that we have your application. If you don't receive this email, let us know: makers@makerfaire.com. Acceptances are sent via email approximately 2 months before the show. Once accepted, makers are asked to complete a Maker Agreement.

Ongoing correspondence from the Maker Faire team will keep you up-to-date on open houses, town hall meetings, maker check-in and load-in logistics.

Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow Maker Faire on Twitter and via our World Maker Faire New York Facebook feed to keep up with the latest news on makers and Maker Faire.

We look forward to seeing you at World Maker Faire New York!