Call for Makers

4th Annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire, Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Call for Makers for 2016 is now OPEN. Apply today!

What We’re Looking For

  • Individuals of any age, groups, clubs, or start-up companies that create handmade or homemade projects
  • Made projects or making processes that use technologies – new or old – in interesting ways
  • Interactive displays or demonstrations appropriate for all ages
  • Enthusiasm and energy to teach, share and demonstrate!
  • WOW factor in innovation, creativity and inventiveness

Ready to join us at the Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire? The first step is to submit some information about yourself and your project(s). After reviewing the applications, our team will get back in touch with you about whether you’ve been selected to participate. The application timeline is below:

Application Timeline

Sat Feb 27, 2016 Early Bird Call for Makers Opens!
Sat Apr 30, 2016 Early Bird Proposals Due
Sat May 7, 2016 Early Bird Makers Announced!
Sat May 7, 2016 Call for Makers Opens!
Wed Jul 13, 2016 Maker Proposals Due
Wed Jul 20, 2016 All Makers Announced
Sat Aug 6, 2016 Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire!

Types of Makers who should apply using this process are:
Makers: Participation as a Maker is FREE! Individuals, groups, schools and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an interactive environment. For Maker groups, schools & organizations, we ask that you have one point person to coordinate your group efforts. Young Makers (ages 17 and under) are eligible to apply, but must have an adult aged 18 or older complete the application. During the Maker Faire, an adult mentor must be present at the booth at all times.

Commercial Makers: Individuals who would like to sell kits or finished products along with demonstrating what they make are also welcome at the Faire, in limited numbers. If you would like to participate in this way, please submit a Maker application and indicate that you are a Commercial Maker. For a standard set-up, there is a $100 fee to participate at the Commercial Maker level.

Workshop Presenters: Individuals or organizations who would like to lead a workshop are more than welcome to do so! We will have indoor space available for workshops. Make sure you indicate that you are a Workshop Presenter in your application.

Attractions and Stage Performers: Attractions include individuals or organizations that would like to do a large-scale exhibit or stage show. If you are a special attraction or a stage performer, make sure you indicate that in your application so we can accommodate you.

Other Ways to Join in the Fun

Are you or your organization unable to participate as Makers? Here are some other great ways to participate:

Become a Sponsor: The Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire is FREE to attendees and is supported exclusively by donations and in-kind contributions. We welcome sponsors for the event! For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact us at

Volunteer: Our team is actively recruiting volunteers to help in planning the event and for event-day support. If you’re interested, please visit our Volunteers Page or contact us at

Advocate: We’d love your help in getting the word out to Makers and potential attendees. If you can help share electronic information, distribute fliers at events or in your community , or if you have suggestions of how/where we should do it ourselves, please contact

We look forward to seeing you on August 6, 2016 at the 4th Annual Chicago Southside Mini Maker Faire!


3 responses to “Call for Makers

  1. When is the next maker fair? What date? What location?

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