Maker Faire Kansas City 2017
Event Date: June 24-25, 2017
Location: UNION STATION KANSAS CITY
Maker Faire Kansas City’s Call for Makers 2017 will open late winter.
As you prepare to apply for the Call for Makers, the team has compiled a short list of tips to help!
- Read EVERYTHING! We know it can be tempting to skip a line or two to get right into the application, BUT all the information is extremely important to know, so please, read everything!
- Be as descriptive as possible about your project.
- SPELLCHECK! Especially your e-mail address; e-mail will be our primary source of communication. If your e-mail is spelled incorrectly, or has an extra space, you could miss your opportunity to show off at the Faire!
- Prepare good photos, or video content, you can provide with your application.
- Think about who your Booth Assistants will be.
- Ask questions; if you are unsure about something, check the Maker Manual. Still can’t find the answer? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Team will be happy to assist you.
Check out the list of topics your project can be about below. If you don’t see your ‘topic’ or ‘project’ type listed, don’t worry! We welcome and encourage all types of Makers to apply. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.
- Student projects
- 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
- Home Energy Monitoring
- Rockets and RC Toys
- Sustainability & Green Tech
- Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
- Electric Vehicles
- Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
- Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
- 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.)
Entry Form Type
Maker: 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. Young Makers (ages 18 and below) will need an adult parent/guardian present. There is a section on the form for their information. Parents/guardians must be listed as a Booth Assistant.
A traditional Maker is a hobby-ist, their projects are not a full-time job, a business or a main source of income. If your project is a full-time job, a business, or your main source of income, you will need to be considered as a start-up or established business.
Commercial Maker: Individuals who would like to sell or market products along with demonstrating what they make at their maker exhibit.
Commercial Young Maker: Young Makers, ages 18 and below, who sell a product along with demonstrating what they make and/or show how it works.
Crafters: Both Commercial Makers and Craft vendors are a part of Maker Faire. The difference between the two is that Crafters are only selling their wares WITHOUT a hands-on demonstration of their project. Selling is a side-addition to Commercial Makers’ DIY demonstration; selling is not the focus of their exhibit.
Commercial Food Maker: Individuals pay a fee to show and demonstrate hand-made food products, in an interactive environment, with the opportunity to sell products. Samples 2 oz. or less can be given away with KCMO permit. Prepared packaged foods (defined as food that is not consumed on-site and is prepared prior to consumption), can be sold with KCMO permit.
Non-Profit and Cause or Mission Based Association, Institution and Organization: In an effort to respond to requests from a variety of organizations that would like to participate in Maker Faire, we have created a special category where organizations can qualify for the reduced rate to participate in Maker Faire.