Call for Makers

Why exhibit at Maker Faire San Diego?

It’s all about what people can MAKE! It’s also the perfect opportunity for you to share your work and have fun with a curious and appreciative audience in San Diego’s BALBOA PARK. Play-test your creations with attendees excited to learn more about your craft.

Maker Faire San Diego Date & Location

October 6 & 7, 2018, 10 AM – 6 PM

Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Exhibitor Applications

Exhibiting? Interested in seeing what it takes to exhibit? Here’s your Maker Toolkit!


Maker Deadlines – 2018

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  • June 1 — Applications open.
  • August 1 — Final application date for exhibits with fire and/or safety concerns: submit a General Safety Plan and/or Fire Safety Plan (forms available soon).
  • August 30 Applications close for Commercial Maker and Non-Profit / Agency / Cause / or Mission Based Organization Payment Due. This is only for makers who fit these categories.
  • September 7 — Applications Close.*
  • September 15 — Late Applications Close.

*Applications submitted after the close date will be reviewed, but are not guaranteed acceptance in the event. Take advantage of the time you have now to prepare for your project. Note that exhibits with hands-on opportunities are given priority. We look forward to receiving your applications to exhibit! We’ll list makers on the site as applications are accepted.


What are we looking for?

Maker / Exhibitor Booth
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). Individual Makers who exhibit their projects at Maker Faire receive booths for FREE! See below for special rates.

A scheduled performance, usually on a stage, set lengths vary. Musicians, lively demonstrations, and all a manner of shows.

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.

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

Special Fee Booths

Special rates for Makers-who-Sell (Vendors), Small Companies, Non-Profits, and Corporate entities.

There are certain types of booths for which there are fees.
  • Individual Makers – Individuals who just want to exhibit their projects at Maker Faire receive booths for FREE!
  • Maker Business or Non-Profit
    Booth Fee $150 – If you would like to market or sell your 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.
  • Small Company or Non-Profit
    Booth Fee $500 – This type of exhibitor is a business or non-profit with revenues < $1M.
  • Mid-size Company or funded Start-up
    Booth Fee $1,000 – This type of exhibitor is a business or non-profit with revenues $1M-$3M.
  • Corporate and/or Large Established Companies
    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, please contact us and tell us what you need. We’ll do what we can to accommodate and assist!

We’re looking for exhibitors, performers, and speakers!

These are guidelines only, your exhibit may not fit exactly into one option below, and it may fit more than one.

Basic: A tabletop, small area, or 10×8 space to demonstrate what you make.

Activity Area: A hands-on, fun, interactive area that encourages audience participation to learn how to make or do something.

Demonstration Workshop: During a short show-and-tell session, Makers demo and teach particular skills, techniques, or processes, explaining materials and tools, stepping through a building process, sharing their knowledge, and interacting with the audience. Sessions are less than 30 minutes and may be repeated. Demonstrations will be done in your exhibit area.

Interactive Performance: A performer or group of performers who engage, entertain, and encourage fun interaction. The performance may be tied to a stage or roam through the grounds as a kind of street theater. Performances can be musical, theatrical, and/or involve a collaborative building process.

Roaming Exhibits: If you have an exhibit that will roam during the show, please let us know if you require a location for your use as a home base for non-roaming activities.

Attraction: A wonderful, unusual thing that doesn’t fit into any of the categories above.

Mechanical tinkerers, hobbyists, artisans, craft enthusiasts, costumers, tech lovers, artists, and inventors of all kinds are welcome to exhibit!

Here are just some of the things we’re looking for: Turn back time - makers exhibitors, maker faire san diego

  • 3D Printers
  • Arduino / Raspberry Pi Projects
  • Biology / Biotech
  • Blacksmithing
  • Ceramics
  • Chemistry Demonstrations
  • CNC Mills
  • Coding / Programming
  • Conductive Materials Projects
  • Costume/Cosplay Design
  • DIY Tech/Tools (soldering, anvils, looms, grinders, etc.)
  • Drones (Racing, DIY, etc.)
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Electronics
  • E-Textiles
  • Food Makers (not concessionaires)
  • Game Systems
  • Giant Art Pieces
  • Green/Sustainable Tech
  • Hacked Bicycles
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Homebrewers
  • Homegrown
  • How-to (fix or repair things, take stuff apart, etc.)
  • Interactive art projects
  • Jewelry-smithing
  • Large-scale construction
  • LED/light-up works
  • Music performances and interactives
  • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
  • Radios / Radio Hacks
  • RC Toys
  • Robotics
  • Rockets
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Space Projects
  • Student Projects
  • Survival Gear
  • Textile Arts & Crafts
  • Traditional Crafts
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • Upcycled Projects
  • Vintage Computers
  • Virtual Reality
  • Weird Machines
  • And whatever else you make!


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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