So, you have a great project you want to share with the Akron community. But, you have a few questions before you take the leap and complete the Call for Makers application. Read on …
When is the Akron Mini Maker Faire? Saturday, October 18, 11 am-4 pm.
What time do I have to get set up? Set up begins as early as 8 am on Saturday, October 18, and all set up must be complete by 10:30 am.
Hmmm… do I have to stay all 5 hours? Yes, in order for every Faire-goer to see all events, we do require all Makers to commit to staying for the entire Faire. But, we don’t want you to go hungry, so lunch will be provided to all Makers. Bring a friend along to man (or woman) your exhibit while you chow down.
How much space will I be allotted? Will I need to bring my own table and chairs? The “standard set up” is an eight foot table and two chairs, which will be provided by us. You will be able to request a different set up on the Call for Makers application.
Will I have electricity? Wifi? If you exhibit requires electricity, be sure to note that on your Call for Makers application. Wi-fi is available in the Library building, but is not reliably available outside. If your exhibit requires a wi-fi connection, please request an indoor location.
Is this free? If you do not plan to sell any items, your exhibit space is free. Commercial Makers will pay $50 for their exhibit space. If you plan to offer anything for sale, you must apply as a Commercial Maker.
Will there be LOTS of Commercial Makers? Mini Maker Faires are designed to be non-commercial in nature. We will limit our Commercial Makers to about 10% of all accepted Makers.
How old does a Maker need to be? There is no age limit to apply. Any Maker under 18 will need parental or guardian permission. Last year’s Faire had several popular teen (and younger) Makers, including Lauren Egts , Daniel Anand, and Zack Tarle. Schools and clubs are encouraged to apply as well.
My Making is not high tech. Can I still be a Maker? Absolutely! Not every Maker exhibit is high tech. Sure, we have 3d printers, vacuum formers, robots, and micro-controllers. But we also have fiber artists, woodworkers, and seed-savers. If you have a unique way of creating something, we want YOU for the Akron Mini Maker Faire.
I’m looking for some ideas … Check out our previous blog posts on finding inspiration; visit the Maker Faire website for Editors’ Choice Blue Ribbon projects from other Faires; and check out your Akron-Summit County Public Library’s collection of FREE books/DVDs/magazines to get your creativity flowing.
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