Call for Makers is Now Open!

Hurry before the last Maker space is gone!

We have just a few spaces left for Markers who want to exhibit their creations at the first annual Champlain Maker Faire, where dozens of makers will exhibit to hundreds of visitors for this first annual Vermont Maker extravaganza! This is the first year for Champlain Mini Maker Faire. We need you and your creative, innovative projects to be a part of this exciting event, and to apply now before it”s too late!

It’s time to get ready for Champlain Mini Maker Faire  Saturday, September 29, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Vermont, where dozens of makers will exhibit to hundreds of visitors for this first annual Vermont Maker extravaganza!
This is the first year for Champlain Mini Maker Faire. We need you and your creative, innovative projects to be a part of this exciting event!

Call for Makers!

What is Maker Faire?
Maker Faire events across the United States are celebrating a DIY/homegrown invention movement. Whether it’s a home-built robot, video game, handbag, miniature race car, musical instrument, or sustainable micro garden, Maker Faire showcases all that is creative and innovative in our community.

When and where is Champlain Mini Maker Faire?
Saturday, September 29, 2012, 10 am – 7 pm
Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne Vermont 05482

What kinds of exhibitions will be there?
Interactive projects that showcase the value and process of “making,” including:
• Vintage Tech and Gaming
• Design/Architecture/Engineering
• Robotics
• Hacker and Maker Space
• Biotech/Biochem
• 3D Printers
• Tesla Coils
• Miniature Racing and Boating
• Student Projects/Experiments
• Clothing/Textile Design and Innovation
• Food and Beverage Makers • Crafts, including Wood, Glass,
• Found objects
• Visual Arts
• Performing Arts
• Fire/Water Displays
• Unusual Tools
• Kites
• Bicycles
• HAM Radio
• Art Cars

What are the characteristics we are looking for as Makers?
A do-it-yourself project that is unique, inspiring, engaging, and interactive with observers. It tells a story. It might be a piece of art… or a tool or project that does something different. It should be something that hasn’t been seen before, or at least by few people. It should not be for commercial purposes – no selling….at least in the Maker Demo Space. The Maker needs to be there to demo and explain. There may be different categories in size…fits in a 10×10 space, or bigger, but outside. There may be an opportunity for a different category of Maker, online casino a company that is experimenting with some one-off projects…things that do unique things. Its okay to take commercial things and do a “mash-up” that repurposes in unique and “ah hah” ways, ie, an underwater bicycle. Risky projects are encouraged, but need to be managed in a way that the audience is safe. For example a rocket propelled motorcycle would be great, but would need to be shown in a safe way.

Who should apply for a Champlain Mini Maker Faire booth?
Local, regional, and national groups, clubs, individuals, schools, universities, and hobbyists who can demonstrate or actually show the making of their invention/craft/project in a contained booth setting. Booths include 8″ tables and a 10’x10’ display booth.

NOTE: If accepted, young Makers ages 16 and under will need parental/guardian permission.

What does it cost to exhibit?
Applicants who are chosen by a review panel to participate will receive the 10’x10’ display booth at no charge. Those applicants who also wish to offer their inventions/crafts/artwork for sale at Champlain Maker Faire may be asked to pay a fee for their booth space (see application for details).

How many Makers will exhibit?
The Coach Barn (www.shelburnefarms.org/comevisitus/coachbarn.shtml) is equipped to handle upward of 50 booths inside and on the surrounding grounds. Each booth will be allowed up to 3 exhibitor badges.

How many people will attend Champlain Mini Maker Faire?
With excitement of last year’s event spreading throughout the community and the region, Shelburne Farms expects more than 1000 visitors to experience Shelburne Maker Faire this summer.

More questions?
Contact us

Application Form