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Call for Makers

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is a community-run event aimed at bringing together Makers, Doers, and Creatives for a weekend of sharing knowledge, inspiring each other, exhibiting projects, and community building. It 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.

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When: June 7 & 8, 2014
Where: PNE Forum, Hastings Park, Vancouver

Entry Opens: February 4, 2014
Entry Closes: March 14, 2014

Maker applications received after March 14th will be added to our Wait List. Applications for Performers are still being accepted. Our Speaker Series and Workshop Series are no longer accepting applications.

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Entry Forms

Fill out the application(s) below which best fits your participation in Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. Further details and descriptions of these categories can be found further down the page.


Maker Exhibit – an all-weekend exhibit to demo your project(s) (includes Commercial Makers)
Performer – a scheduled performance, usually on a stage, set lengths vary
Speaker – a scheduled  20 or 45 minute presentation or demonstration, usually on a stage
Workshop Presenter –  design & lead one or more short (30-60 min) workshops

 

  • You can fill out more than one proposal in one or more categories.
  • Before you start your application, select a quality photo of your project and yourself.

If you have questions, email makers@makerfaire.ca.

Entry Form Types

Maker ExhibitIndividuals, groups, schools and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an all-weekend exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged. For maker groups, please have one point person to coordinate your efforts.  Maker Applications received after March 14 will be added to our Wait List.

Maker exhibits include these sub-types:

  • Individual Maker (Booth Fee $30 +GST): You’re coming to VMMF to show others what you do and how it works. Your exhibit can be something that you designed and built, alone or with friends/collaborators. It could also be a work in progress, a skill or activity you’d like to share, or a demonstration of how an object or system works.
  • Maker Group  (Booth Fee: $60 + GST): Your organization, non-profit, or community group makes things or supports/facilitates making, which can include teaching or sharing skills, providing tools or space, raising the profile of or advocating for maker communities, building community, publishing learning materials, or other activities. Please designate one primary contact person.
  • Start-up Maker/Microbusiness (Booth Fee: $100 + GST): You’ve designed/invented/built or otherwise created something amazing, and you think it’s marketable. Congratulations! Startups and microbusinesses are welcome to apply in this category. Kits – a DIY bundle with all the parts necessary to make something – are often popular at Maker Faires.
  • Commercial Maker(Booth fee $200 + GST): You run an established business making and selling products, and you would like to sell items at VMMF. To qualify as a Commercial Maker, your products must be assembled locally (relative to you), by your company or by your customers. We encourage you to have a demonstration or hands-on component to your booth.

PerformerMusicians and entertainers who would like to perform at Maker Faire. Performances are usually in an outside tent and scheduled for approximately 50 minutes. Set lengths vary. Some performances in the past have been roaming and unscheduled, which is welcomed. Please mention scheduling details in your application. *For performances in the Dark Zone we will be accepting visual artists only.

Speaker: 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, on our Speakers’ Stage. Presentations are typically 20 or 45 minutes, with some time for Q&A. If you are applying on behalf of someone else, please enter your presenter’s information and and put yourself as the primary contact.

Workshop Presenter: You want to share knowledge but you don’t want to commit to running a booth all weekend.  You can design and lead one or more short (30-60 min) workshops at the designated workshop area, ideally at 2 separate times over the weekend.

Entry Information

To apply, use the blue application link above which best fits your proposal: Maker Exhibit, Performer, Presenter, Workshop Presenter, or Sponsor.

Entries can be submitted from individuals, small teams, or larger groups such as hobby clubs, community organizations, schools, and businesses. 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
      • Homegrown Drones
      • Arduino projects
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Space projects
      • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
      • Conductive materials projects
      • Kit makers
      • Interactive art projects
      • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
      • Textile Arts and Crafts
      • E-Textiles
      • Home Energy Monitoring
      • Rockets and RC Toys
      • Sustainability & Green Tech
      • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
      • Electronics
      • Electric Vehicles
      • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
      • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
      • Bicycles
      • Large-scale Art
      • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
      • Music Performances and Participation
      • Unusual Tools or Machines
      • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Other ways to Participate

Volunteer: Interested in helping make Vancouver Mini Maker Faire an amazing event for everyone? Our Call for Volunteers will open in late February. If you’d like to be notified when it opens, add your name to our Volunteer Mailing List.

Food Vendors:  If you are a baker/chocolate maker/other non-concessionary food maker, please apply through the Maker application form. Our Food Vendor application deadline for food trucks and carts has passed.

Sponsors: Is your company interested in coming on as a Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Sponsor? Contact our Sponsorship Coordinator to discuss the possibilities.

What Happens Next?

Following your submission, you will receive an email confirming that we have your application. If you don’t receive this email within 5 working days, contact makers@makerfaire.ca. This confirmation does not constitute acceptance to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. *Please note you will not be required to make a payment until after you have been accepted to participate.

Acceptances will be sent via email starting March 21, 2014. Once accepted, you will be asked to provide us with more detailed information about your exhibit, complete a Maker Agreement, and submit your payment (if applicable). Once we receive your Maker Agreement and payment you will receive your Maker Information Package for 2014. Once accepted, begin to plan for your participation. We will send regular Maker Newsletter updates containing, among other things, hints of how to make your booth awesome.

A standard Booth Includes:

  • 10′ x 10′ space
  • one 8′ table and 2 chairs
  • one 3-prong electrical outlet (max 750W)

Extra booth space, tables, chairs, and electrical outlets can be rented from us.
We cannot guarantee that your booth will have pipe and drape at the back of it, or a wall to hang displays. You should be prepared to provide your own structures.

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