So YOU want to showcase YOUR Awesomeness! THANK YOU!

We are CALLING ALL MAKERS! The Ozarks Mini Maker Faire  is a family-friendly event that brings together science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) along with craft, homesteading music, food, workshops, and performance.

The Ozarks Mini Maker Faire  regularly attracts thousands and thousands of guests to see what and how people are inventing, making and creating.  This is our 3rd year of showcasing what’s creative & innovative throughout the Ozarks region.  We WANT YOU to showcase YOUR creative & innovative spirit- whether you’re a hobbyist, established maker, or cutting edge company.  The last two years’ Faires featured more than 500 Makers and Maker Assistants. This one-day event filled the Springfield Expo Center both inside and out with more than 5,000 attendees and 180+ Maker booths with hands-on activities.

THIS year we are moving to The White River Conference Center (we’re taking the WHOLE space)– which will allow us more inside/outside space together.

This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers in the Ozarks area and beyond—anyone who is embracing the DIY or DIT (do-it-together!) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.  Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.  

Tips and tricks when working through the application include:

  • Read EVERYTHING! We know it can be tempting to skip a line or two to get right into the application, BUT all the information is important to know, so please, read everything!
  • Be as descriptive as possible about your project.
  • SPELLCHECK ! Especially your e-mail address; e-mail will be our primary source of communication. If your e-mail is spelled incorrectly, or has an extra space, you could miss your opportunity to show off at the Faire!
  • Prepare good photos, or video content, you can provide with your application.
  • Do you have questions? – Just ask us! Reach out to us at theozarksmakerfaire@gmail.com.

 

ENTRY INFORMATION

ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Apply as an exhibitor, performer, or presenter.
  • Entry Open Date: Monday, April 25, 2017 . Please enter early so we can reserve space for your exhibit.

The first step to participating in the Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals; groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools; commercial makers or crafters; startups; and companies. (Food vendors please write theozarksmakerfaire@gmail.com.)

Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:

  • Robotics
  • Wearables, E-Textiles, Fashion Tech
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Drones & RC Fun
  • Homesteader & Domestic Arts
  • Kinetic, Fire & Installation Art
  • Digital Fabrication – 3D Printers, CNC, ETC
  • Open Hardware Projects
  • Design: Industrial, Fashion, Product, Urban
  • Young Makers & School Maker Clubs
  • Music Performance
  • Hacks of Any Sort
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Foundry & Blacksmithing
  • How-To Workshops, Panel Discussions and Presenters
  • Electronic Projects
  • Textiles and Arts and Crafts
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Puppets
  • Bicycles and Human-Powered Machines
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

TYPES OF EXHIBITS:

Maker Exhibit : Businesses, Schools, groups, individuals, and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an  exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged. For maker groups, please have one point person to coordinate your efforts.

The Ozarks Mini Maker Faire provides individual or small hobbyist group Makers that are participating purely by sharing their project and inspiring others to make with exhibit space, tables, chairs, power, entry passes, etc., at no cost to the Maker. Makers with commercial interests are asked to pay an exhibit fee.

  • Business Showcase ($400): Business that want to showcase new innovations or procedures that help the general public better understand what your company does or showcase their innovation. Large Businesses please consider being a sponsor to help us promote a stronger STEM community!
  • PreK-12th Schools & College/University ($300): Showcase how your school is being creative & innovative. (e.g. PBL, FIRST, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), Robots)
  • Commercial  &/or Craft Makers ($150): Individuals who would like to sell or market products along with demonstrating what they make at their Maker exhibit. A fee of $150 is payable upon acceptance.
  • Commercial Young Maker: ($50)Young Makers, ages 18 and below, who sell a product along with demonstrating what they make and/or show how it works.

The difference between Commercial Makers and Craft Maker: Both Commercial Makers and Craft Makers are a part of Maker Faire. Craft Makers are dedicated people who are selling their handmade craft items.  On the other hand, Commercial Makers (Businesses) exhibit in various areas of the event, demonstrating what they make and usually offer a hands-on activity; Selling is a side-addition to their demonstration; selling is not the main focus of their exhibit.

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 25 or 50 minutes, with some time for Q&A. If you are applying on behalf of someone else, you’ll have the opportunity in the Entry Form to enter public-facing presenter information and remain the primary contact.

Sponsor: If you understand the important significance of growing the Maker Movement and promoting a stronger STEM focus in our region join us as a Sponsor. Help us grow this movement! Corporate entities and established companies are welcomed as sponsors at Maker Faires. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please see our Sponsor page.

Presentations or Workshops: 25 minute or 50 minute time slots.  Can be demos, stories, how-tos, and group (panel) conversations.

OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

Volunteer: More information will be posted soon here.