The Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire is designed to showcase the imagination and resourcefulness of people from around the region, inspire others to explore their creative capacities, connect makers across the community, and highlight the opportunities that the maker movement can help create in order to build a vibrant, creative, and sustainable Mohawk Valley.
Join us by answering our Call for Makers and share your creativity and ingenuity with the world. Exhibitors will be notified in early April 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate?
Any individual or group who makes (it could be a physical or digital object or process or combination of any of these) and wants to share their inventions, creations, knowledge, expertise, and creativity with others: students, artisans, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, hobbyists, tinkerers, etc. Makers of all ages and interests are encouraged to apply to exhibit.
What kinds of projects will be exhibited?
You tell us! We want to highlight and celebrate the creativity of individuals and groups across diverse fields and mediums. Exhibits featuring technology and art, science and engineering, hacking and tinkering, crafting and artisanship are common at maker faires, but the imagination and creativity of makers always surprises us.
What is the selection criteria?
Exhibits will be curated to highlight a diverse range of innovative, creative, ingenious, educational, and inspiring maker projects across a wide variety of fields and interests. Projects that cross genres and disciplines, address problems, demonstrate innovative solutions, have individual or social impact, utilize emerging and/or accessible technologies, and/or inspire and teach others are especially welcome. Interactive, hands-on exhibits and demonstrations that engage, teach, and inspire audiences are encouraged.
How do I apply to exhibit?
Fill out our simple online “Call for Makers” form . The application consists of two or three paragraphs (and a quick survey) that describes your project and what makes it innovative, unique, or otherwise interesting, cool, or hip!
Is funding available?
We have a limited amount of funding to reimburse exhibitors to offset some of the costs of exhibiting your projects. Priority will be given to student exhibitors, exhibitors with interactive activities, and non-commercial makers. The deadline for priority consideration for funding is April 6, 2018. If you plan to apply for funding, please be sure to keep receipts for expenses related to your exhibit.
I’m not sure I can exhibit. Can I get involved in other ways?
Absolutely! You can volunteer here. You can also help by spreading the word and encouraging others to join us and to explore their own maker and DIY interests.