Call for Makers

Conor-Russomanno makers

Maker Faire San Diego showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers — anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Maker Faire San Diego Date & Location

  • October 6 & 7, 2018, 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101


Applications submitted after the close date will be reviewed, but are not guaranteed acceptance in the event.

*If you are interested in a booth AND a stage performance, please submit two (2) separate applications, with your first one being request for a booth space.

Exhibiting? Here’s your Maker Toolkit!


Maker Deadlines – 2018

Check back for more information and links.

  • JUNE  — Coming Soon.
  • August — Final application date for exhibits with fire and/or safety concerns: submit a General Safety Plan and/or Fire Safety Plan (forms available soon).
  • September Applications Close. Final date for Commercial Maker and Non-Profit / Agency / Cause / or Mission Based Organization Payment Due. This is only for makers who fit these categories.
  • September — All Applications Close.

What are we looking for?

Maker Exhibit
An all weekend exhibit to show-off your project(s), to demo or discuss how you made them, and to inspire people to make (includes Individuals, Groups, Schools, Non-Profits and Commercial Makers)

A scheduled performance, usually on a stage, set lengths vary.

A scheduled 12, 25 or 45 minute presentation, usually on a stage.

Startup Company
Requirements and benefits are listed in the Entry Form. Limited positions are available.

Corporate entities and/or established companies can visit our Sponsor Page or contact Positions fill quickly.

We’ll list makers on the site as their applications are accepted.

Take advantage of the time you have now to prepare your project. Note that exhibits with hands-on opportunities are given priority. We look forward to receiving your applications to exhibit!!!

Special Fee Booths: Makers-who-Sell, Small Companies/Non-Profit, Corporate

  • Individual Makers who exhibit their projects at Maker Faire receive booths for FREE!
In addition, there are four types of booths for which there are fees.
  • Booth Fee $150 – Maker Business or Non-Profit – If you would like to market or sell your own creations at Maker Faire, you are welcome to do so. This type of exhibitor (with revenues of <$100K) is responsible for their own business permits and financial transactions – whether they be via cash, credit card, barter, or some other means.
  • Booth Fee $500 – Small Company or Non-Profit – This type of exhibitor is a business or non-profit with revenues < $1M.
  • Booth Fee $1,000 – Mid-size Company or funded Start-up – This type of exhibitor is a business or non-profit with revenues $1M-$3M.
  • Corporate – Corporate entities and/or established companies can visit our Sponsor Page or contact Positions fill quickly.
  • Outdoor Tented Booth Fee – Please contact us for pricing.
Please note: The booth cost will be invoiced after you are accepted and asked to register, in advance of Maker Faire and will be payable prior to receiving your Maker credentials. Fees include a standard maker booth. If you need more space then please contact us and tell us what you need. We’ll do what we can to help.

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

  • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
  • Arduino projects
  • Beer makers
  • Bicycles
  • Conductive materials projects
  • Drones (Racing, DIY, etc.)
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Electronics
  • E-Textiles
  • Food makers (not concessionaires)
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Homegrown
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, etc.)
  • Interactive art projects
  • Kit makers
  • Large-scale Art
  • Music Performances and Participation
  • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Robotics
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Space projects
  • Student projects
  • Sustainability & Green Tech
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Unusual Tools or Machines

Who is a Maker?

From the founder of the Maker Movement, Dale Dougherty,

“I believe we are all makers. We can find all kinds of makers in our communities. Yet we also want to help create more makers. Through education and community outreach, we can offer the opportunity to make things to more people, but particularly children. They might find these opportunities at school but also at community centers, summer camps and science centers, or even at home. My goal is that all people, young and old, come to see themselves as makers, creators and doers because I know that the people who have the skills and knowledge to make things have the power to make the world a better place.

If you are having trouble with your application, please contact sdmakerfaire[at]gmail[dot]com.

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