Over two years of Maker Faires, our visitors and guests have consistently told us how much they love the event, and the secret ingredient that has made it so amazing is our army of of enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate helpers. With seven weeks to go until the 2013 event, now is the time to make that call – We need you! We’re looking for volunteers who can give us a day or two of their time to help with logistics, ticketing and information, assisting and feeding/watering makers, and also people with educational experience to help visitors understand the more complex projects. You can Sign up here, or read on for more info…
We’ve a range of roles that we need some help with. If you have a background as an educator or in science communication, you might want to try being one of our Educational Interpreters – bedding in with a Maker team for the day, and helping visitors understand the principles of the science and engineering in the Make. We’ll run some sessions ahead of the weekend sharing best practice in story telling and communication, so not only is this a brilliant way to get really into the heart of the Maker Faire, you could even learn some great new skills.
If you want a bit more freedom to roam around in a volunteering role, then you may want to be one of our logistics helpers. Ensuring that the Makers have the support they need to set up, and stay fed and watered is a crucial part of the event, and one we are consistently thanked for putting so much effort into. If you’re helping out in this area there’s a good chance you’ll be working closely with dozens of makers, and of course helping any visitors in your area with queries. You could end up covering for a short while on a stand too (if you’re comfortable with that) as the call of nature must be answered!
As a ticketed event this year, we’ll have a much busier front desk, so we’ll need volunteers to help here with information, timetables, directions and more general enquiries. Since we expect this to be pretty intense, a good sized team here will be essential. We’ll make sure everyone gets enough breaks to explore the Faire themselves – after all, you need to know what you’re talking about. All the volunteers will get free entry into the event, will be provided with refreshments and (once we have tidied up!), have free entry into our extraordinary after party.
So, tell your friends, students/teachers, colleagues- we need volunteers, and we need a lot. You really are the secret ingredient to the best Maker Faire, so come and join us! More information, and the sign up, on the Volunteers page.