Call for Makers

Independently-organized but inspired by Maker Faire and Make: magazine, East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a full-blown community festival that brings together science, art, craft, homesteading and engineering plus music, food, workshops, and performance.

Last year—our fifth year—we welcomed over 7,000 people to the combined grounds of Park Day School and Studio One Art Center in Oakland’s happening Temescal district.  Attendees got to meet the over 175 makers showing and explaining projects of all sorts and sizes; participate in hands-on workshops and making across tech, craft, science; and enjoy 7 stages of music, demos, panels & more.

This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers across the East Bay 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.  

  • Apply as a maker, performer, or presenter.
  • Entry Open Date: July 13, 2015. Please enter early so we can reserve space for your exhibit.
  • FIRST ROUND Entry Close Date: September 8, 2015 (notifications will be sent on or before September 9)

Submit a late application. We will consider applications as they come in, depending on available remaining space. Tell us what you would like to bring, or speak about, and we will do our best to see if there is space to accommodate it.

The first step to participating in Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools. You can apply as a Maker, Commercial Maker (individual makers primarily selling —$125 booth fee; startups and companies please contact, Workshop or Presentation, or Performer.  (Food vendors please write

Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:

  • Robotics & DIY Drones
  • Wearables, E-Textiles, Fashion Tech
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Homesteader & Domestic Arts
  • Kinetic, Fire & Installation Art
  • Digital Fabrication – 3D Printers, CNC, ETC
  • Open Hardware Projects
  • Design: Industrial, Fashion, Product, Urban
  • Young Makers & School Maker Clubs
  • Music Performance
  • Hacks of Any Sort
  • How-To Workshops, Panel Discussions and Presenters
  • Electronic Projects
  • Textiles and Arts and Crafts
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Puppets
  • Kites
  • Bicycles and Human-Powered Machines
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Maker Exhibit: Our standard setup for a Maker exhibit is a 8’x10′ space.  If you need more space for your exhibit or project, please let us know. Use this space to display your work and/or demonstrate how you make something.

Presentations or Workshops: 25 minute or 50 minute time slots.  Can be demos, stories, how-tos, and group (panel) conversations.

Performances: Our main music stage typically has 40-45 minute sets.   We love to program non-musical performances as well, and encourage pop-up performance happenings.

Application Form:

If you have any questions about participating in Maker Faire, please contact us by email:


Startups and Companies / Sponsorship: We welcome maker-related businesses, both small and large, at Maker Faire. For more information about becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, please check out our Sponsor page or contact us at

 Volunteer: For information about volunteering at East Bay Mini Maker Faire, please contact us at volunteer@ebmakerfaire.

We look forward to seeing you at East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, October 18th!


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