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 south-east; we saw 7,000 visitors in 2012. Check the video from last year’s event if you want to see what it’s like.
Main event: Saturday 7th September 2013, 10am to 5pm.
Workshops day: Sunday 8th September 2013, 10am to 5pm.
Application close 7th June 2013. We’ll be contacting all applicants by 1 July
How to apply
Please fill out the maker application form below. Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll get an email with a link so you can see what you sent us, and edit it if necessary.
Here are just some of the projects we’re looking for:
|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
This year, Brighton Mini Maker Faire is following a slightly different format. As well as the massive public ‘show and tell’ event in the Corn Exchange and Dome Bar on the Saturday, we have booked the Dome Bar on Sunday for a day of longer-running 1-3 hour pre-booked workshops. If you’re interested in running one of these, please indicate in your application.
We’ll also be running an awesome After Dark show on the Saturday night, full details TBC. If you are a performer and would like to participate in that, please highlight.
Types of applications
Please feel free to submit applications for any or all of these:
- Maker (Saturday) – 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 (Saturday) – 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.
- Workshop leader (Sunday) – you want to run a major booked workshop (1-4 hrs) for a small group of (5-20) people on Sunday. This is ideal for deeper learning in a more focused environment. These workshops will be ticketed, and we will share the income with you.
- 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.
- Musician or performer (Saturday evening) – you can bring music makes or performance pieces to the main event, but if you’d like to perform in the evening, choose this one.
Click submit, and shortly after you should get an acknowledgement email and summary of your application. If not, something has gone wrong — contact [email protected] to request assistance please!