We have a new program for people that would like to make an invaluable contribution to the success of Maker Faire. We provide a platform to enhance your skills and learn about the Maker Movement. Get behind-the-scenes experience, and help make the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth happen!

Maker Corps Training Program

What is the Maker Movement? Join us on a journey to learn about the Maker Movement and use what you learn onsite at Maker Faire. We will provide a course structure to develop insight and new skills that you will be able to apply on site at Maker Faire. For no cost but your time, you will be able to join us onsite and experience the joy of the Maker Movement.

From the founder of the Maker Movement, Dale Dougherty,

"Makers start with that simple idea to do something, which is why we call it DIY, but soon they find out that there are lots of people like you out there. When you find others, you have a community and that community offers a place to show your work, trade tools and swap ideas, and just have fun. And this isn't just for some people, or just people who like air cannons.
I believe we are all makers. We can find all kinds of makers in our communities. Yet we also want to help create more makers. Through education and community outreach, we can offer the opportunity to make things to more people, but particularly children. They might find these opportunities at school but also at community centers, summer camps and science centers, or even at home. My goal is that all people, young and old, come to see themselves as makers, creators and doers because I know that the people who have the skills and knowledge to make things have the power to make the world a better place."

Help us make the world a better place by learning more about the Maker Movement!

Time Commitments

You will need to complete the online training modules learning about the Maker Movement and Maker Faire Training. Then for your onsite experience, schedule in 4-hour blocks of time and we request that you will be available for at least one 4-hour block. Of course, our hope is that you will enjoy working with us at Maker Faire and want to participate throughout the weekend. We're happy to work with you on your schedule in terms of breaks and time off to experience Maker Faire on your own.

Onsite Departments

  • Set Up Staff — Maker check-in and load-in
  • MAKE Activity Area — support with keeping the area fun and safe
  • Maker Shed (Bookstore) Assistants — General set-up and basic assembly of materials distributed and sold in the bookstore.
  • Information Booth — Answer questions from the public regarding the attractions and their locations.
  • Make, Reuse & Recycle Coordinator — Monitor recycling stations throughout the Faire and educate Faire goers about proper disposal.
  • Maker Check-In Attendants — Assist Makers with check in, welcome packages and directing them to their location.
  • Maker Assistants — Help as needed with breaks and whatever they may need in the way of assistance to help showcase their project.
  • Crafter Assistants — Help as needed with breaks and whatever they may need in the way of assistance to help showcase their project.
  • General Runners — Task related assignments directed by the Show Office.
  • Crowd Control & Traffic Directional — Help monitor traffic flow and give directions.
  • Safety Waiver Stations — Assist with acquiring signatures on waivers and distributing wristbands.

Perks for Certificates of at least 4 hours or more:

  • Maker Faire T-shirt
  • Day Pass to Maker Faire

Perks for Certificates of at least 8 hours or more:

  • Maker Faire T-shirt
  • Weekend pass to Maker Faire

Want to be a member of the Maker Corps?

  1. Please fill out our Maker Corps - Participation Questionnaire.
  2. Please view the Maker Corps Training — Module 1
  3. Please complete the Maker Corps Training — Module 1 assessment
  4. Please view the Maker Corps Training — Module 2
  5. Please complete the Maker Corps Training — Module 2 assessment

Maker Corps Manual

If you should have any questions, please contact: