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 5th 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 four years’ Faires have featured more than 500 Makers and Maker Assistants. This one-day event filled the venues both inside and out with more than 7,000 attendees (TOTAL from the past 4 years) and 180+ Maker booths with hands-on activities.
THIS year Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC)- has graciously offered to be our Hosting Sponsor (we’re taking over the a LOT of their 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:
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:
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.
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.
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.