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Call for Makers

Call For Makers

We are all makers! Maker Faires happening around the world showcase innovation and creativity in all kinds of fields, by makers of all ages. We welcome you to participate in the Faire and inspire attendees by sharing your skills, interests, projects and products with an appreciative audience.

The Call for Makers application includes information for individuals and groups who want to exhibit, present a topic or workshop, or participate in one of our many events.

Please Note! While we have extended this year’s Faire to include Friday hours, only Commercial Makers who opt in to Friday night are expected to take part in Friday’s activities. Friday is completely optional, and only applies to Commercial Makers.

The Call for Makers will close August 1st, 2018. We may need to close the application to Commercial Makers earlier, as we have limited space for Commercial Makers.

Show & Tell

Makers who attend only to share their work – DIY projects, skills, demonstrations – are not asked to pay an exhibit fee. You will be provided with exhibit space, one table, two chairs and power, if needed. Marketing a product or service is prohibited. Makerspaces and hackerspaces will also receive FREE exhibit space at Maker Faire Milwaukee.

Market or Sell

We ask exhibitors with business goals to help defray the costs of producing the Faire, and exhibit fees are based on your marketing and sales plans, the size and tax status of the organization, space needed and other information. We offer special opportunities for non-profits, small companies, start-ups, and work with all organizations on a case-by-case basis to help bring projects to the Faire.

Commercial marketing and sales plans must conform to Faire guidelines; branding is reserved for Maker Faire sponsors. Marketing signage not in compliance with Faire production policies may be removed at the event.

For your reference, these are the brief definitions and base fees you will see in the Call for Makers application (all exhibit fees include a 10×10 booth, one table, two chairs and basic power, if needed):

  • Commercial Maker: You are an individual who plans to sell or market your own work or services, along with demonstrations and information sharing in your booth
    • $200 – Saturday and Sunday Exhibitors
    • $180 – discount for Commercial Makers who will exhibit Friday (5pm to 9pm) and Saturday and Sunday
  • Non-profit Organization: Your organization has a tax-exempt federal tax identification number
    • fees will vary based on your organization’s annual operating budget, as well as your marketing and sales plans
  • Tuition-based, Primary and Secondary Educational Organization: K-12 schools, after-school and camp programs
    • $500
  • Higher Education Institution: colleges, universities and other post-secondary education programs
    • $1,500
  • Start-Up: your organization has been in business less that five years and has fewer than 10 employees
    • $1,000
  • Small Business: your organization has fewer than 10 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenue
    • $1,000
  • Other Business: trade organization, union or other, or a corporate entity that does not qualify for the Start-up or Small Business exhibit fee

If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact info@makerfairemilwaukee.com. Note that you can always start the application process and save it while in progress if you get stuck and need more info along the way.

Call for Makers Application