Makers

Call For Makers

Maker Faire is all about showcasing YOUR projects, inventions, skills, ideas, and art. If you would like to share your project or your talents with the community then consider exhibiting with us at the 2015 New Orleans Mini Maker Faire.

The Call for Makers will open November 29th. The application process will be live at that point. In the mean time, please check below for some general information.

If you would like more information, please email info@nolamakerfaire.com. If you would like to be notified when the Call for Makers is open, please sign up for our Mailing List.

SOME GUIDELINES FOR EXHIBITS:

  • Best: An interactive exhibit where the public can safely get their hands dirty and make something or learn something. (examples: Learn to Solder, Ham Radio, Squishy Circuits Demo, Recycled Crochet and Plarning)
  • Best: Playful! an interactive exhibit where kids (of all ages) can free their mind and simply play. (examples: Thinker Linkers, Lego Bricks, Robotic Gladiators)
  • Next Best: An in-person demonstration of a project, skill, art, craft, or talent.  Something that will inspire folks to go home and get involved in that subject,or learn more. (examples: Tesla Coil, Wood Turning, Arduino Programming, Underground Railroad Quilting)
  • Next Best: Peformances, Exhibits, or Kinetic Art that include “how and why I made this” (examples: Steam Punk Art, Interesting Musical Instruments, Giant Robot Suits)
  • Next Best: A showcase of your invention, project, new-product, or maker-related business.  (examples: ShopBot Tools, Kickstarter Projects, Science Kits)
  • Ok: Static Displays {in a limited number of spots around the overall exhibit} and only if the creator is willing to be available to answer questions and explain how-why the made what they made. (examples: Sculpture, Student Projects, Science Projects)

A FEW DON’TS:

  • Unsafe Exhibits will not be allowed (a safety plan must be submitted for any exhibit that may be potentially harmful)
  • Maker Faire is about showcasing your ideas and your art, it is not a trade show or commercial venue.  The goal is to inspire but not necessarily to sell. If you would like to sell something, please be sure to let us know so we can register you as a vendor. Only registered vendors will be allowed to sell anything.
  • Arrive late or leave early.  The exhibit should be set up and running for the public at 10:00am and you should not tear down your exhibit prior to 5:00pm.  (if you need special accommodations due to distance or other factors please let us know)

WHAT YOU GET IF YOU ARE SELECTED TO EXHIBIT WITH US:

  • Space (air conditioned inside the Lavin-Bernick center) generally 10×10 but larger spaces are possible for the right exhibits.  Outside space is also available.
  • Electricity (for those booths that require it, 110 VAC only) Please bring your own UL approved outlet strips, extension cords, and cord hold-downs as needed (rubber trip guards or non-marring gaffer tape only)
  • Tables and Chairs (please note, Tables and Chairs are in short supply at the venue. We will assign chairs and tables to all exhibitors who request them on a first come first serve basis and based upon the distance they have to travel in order to exhibit. If at all possible please bring your own tables and chairs!)
  • WiFi Access from the event venue (please note, access may be spotty due to the number of people accessing it, or due to radio interference from exhibits such as Tesla Coils.  If internet access is critical to your project, please provide your own hot-spot)
  • Promotion of your exhibit (links and information on our makers page, mention on our twitter account, links and promotion via our facebook page.)
  • Assistance with unloading, loading, and booth sitters for bathroom breaks thanks to our amazing volunteers!
  • A great time, a relaxed atmosphere, lots of good memories!

Feel free to contact us with questions about exhibiting at info@nolamakerfaire.com