We are CALLING ALL MAKERS! The Ozarks 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 Maker Faire regularly attracts thousands and thousands of guests to see what and how people are inventing, making and creating. This is our 7th 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 six years’ Faires have featured more than 700 Makers and Maker Assistants along with more than 12,000 attendees (TOTAL from the past 6 years) and 180+ Maker booths with hands-on activities.
THIS year The Ozarks Maker Faire will be a Hybrid Event (In Person & Maker Videos on our YouTube channel). We will also be doing a Facebook Livestream featuring prerecorded makers showcasing their creations, an accompanying YouTube presence and a maker landing page.
This is a great opportunity for businesses, schools, groups, individuals, and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and how it works.
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 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.
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.
Approved applications will be added to theozarks.makerfaire.com/2021-makers-exhibits to serve as your maker landing page. It will have your contact information and if you have a website that will also be listed, so you will have another platform to showcase or sell.
It is the #creativity & #innovation event of the year. Come share your passion for creating, making and showcasing your creative wares.
NEED SOME POINTERS? Watch this video Jim put together for you last year with lots of great relevant information!
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:
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.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN A MAKER WITH US BEFORE … just email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know and we will duplicate your prior application and revise it for THIS year. HOW COOL IS THAT!!
Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:
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.
Volunteer: More information will be posted soon here.