We are CALLING ALL MAKERS! Maker Faire Kansas City is a family-friendly event that brings together science, art, craft, homesteading and engineering plus music, food, workshops, and performance.
Maker Faire Kansas City regularly attracts thousands and thousands of guests to see what and how people are inventing, making and creating. Last year’s Faire featured more than 1,800 Makers and Maker Assistants. The two-day event filled Union Station Kansas City both inside and out with more than 17,000 attendees and 350+ Maker booths with hands-on activities.
This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers in the Kansas City 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 write email@example.com.)
Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:
Maker Exhibit : Individuals, 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 Faire Kansas City provides 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.
Craft Makers ($250): If you are an indie crafter, and your primary intent is to sell your products at Maker Faire, your application process is separate. We have partnered with the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair, who will be hosting a Pop-Up Handmade Craft Fair within Maker Faire Kansas City. The $250 fee includes a $25 non-refundable Jury Fee is required per show application
The difference between Commercial Makers and Craft Maker: Both Commercial Makers and Craft Makers are a part of Maker Faire. The Strawberry Swing Craft Fair Pop-Up area is dedicated to people who are only selling their handmade indie craft items. All Pop-Up Craft Makers are curated together to create a craft fair environment within Maker Faire. On the other hand, Commercial Makers 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 DIY demonstration; selling is not the 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 10, 20, or 45 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.
Startup Company: Young companies within certain criteria can apply for a discounted “startup” sponsorship package of $1000. Startup package criteria: been in operation 5 years or less, business consists of more than two and under 10 employees, privately funded or have startup capital of no more than $3 million, pre-profitable and gross sales under $1 million.
Sponsor: Corporate entities and established companies are welcomed as sponsors at Maker Faire. 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.