Call to Makers 2014

Update: 10 June 2014

The call to makers is now closed. We’re reviewing applications, and will be in touch with all makers by the end of june. Did you miss the deadline? Get in touch via email ([email protected]) and we’ll see what we can do.

Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers — anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. Brighton Mini Maker Faire is the largest Maker Faire in the southeast; we saw over 3,000 visitors in 2013. Check the video from last year’s event if you want to see what it’s like.

DIY is at the heart of the Maker Faire: anyone embracing the DIY spirit is encouraged to take part in this year’s festivities. From robotics to fibre dyeing, print making to electronics, 3D printing to hover drones and everything in-between: we’re excited to be inviting Maker veterans and newbies alike to take part in this year’s festivities.

Looking to check out last year’s Makers? They’re over here!

Key dates

  • Brighton Mini Maker Faire: Saturday 6th September 2014, 11am to 6pm.
  • Maker applications close: Monday 9th June 2014.
  • We will be contacting all applicants in July.

How to apply

Please fill out the maker application form below. Once you’ve submitted, the application form will reload with a confirmation message. Submissions will be reviewed, and we will contact all applicants in July with results.

Here are just some of the projects we’re looking for:

Robotics Electronics
Music/sound performance and participation 3D printers and other digital fabrication
Bicycles, skateboards, submarines and other transport Kites, rockets, helicopters, blimps, RC craft and other flying things
Puppets, props, costumes Textile arts and crafts
Home energy monitoring, generation Networked (IoT) devices
Sustainability and green tech Radios, vintage computers and game systems
Biology/Biotech and chemistry projects Food and drink
Shelter and buildings Unusual tools or machines
How to fix things, take them apart, or upcycle them Student projects
Coding and software 3D scanning
Cosplay, steampunk and LARPing projects Bushcraft and traditional skills
Printmaking, and book/zine making Crazy projects we can’t even think of a name for

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive, that highlight the process of making things and where visitors can learn something they can try themselves.

Format of Brighton Mini Maker Faire

Brighton Mini Maker Faire is a day-long event held at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. Makers can exhibit projects – either finished or in progress – or run hands-on workshops.

In previous years the Brighton Mini Maker Faire has also included:

  • A mini-conference featuring talks from renowned makers, artists, creators and educators
  • The “Hot Glue” zine, a take-home magazine featuring do-it-yourself projects for budding Makers
  • In-depth ticketed workshops where attendees have the chance to get stuck into more complex projects

We’ll be announcing more details about what this year’s Brighton Mini Maker Faire has in store nearer the time.

Types of applications

Please feel free to submit applications for any or all of these:

  • Maker – you want to share a project in the main event. You might be a maker, designer, musician, craftsperson, scientist, artist, engineer, educator, student, hobbyist, performer or hacker.
  • Workshop Leader – you want to run a series of short timetabled or drop-in workshops on Saturday. This is ideal for sharing entry-level skills, e.g. soldering an LED badge, or simple craftwork.
  • Sponsor or Commercial stall – if you’re representing a business or want to sell products as your main focus, we’d welcome you as a commercial stall. If you just want to sell a few pieces on the side, apply as a maker. If you’re not sure, apply as whatever seems best, and we’ll contact you to discuss it.

Click submit, and the application form will reload with a confirmation message. If not, something may have gone wrong – contact us at [email protected] to confirm we’ve received your application, or if you have any questions.

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