Makers that MOVE you!

With our new location at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, we have space for awesome maker vehicles. Check out six featured exhibits that will move you…and view the entire list of Maker exhibits.

We still have room for more vehicles – so if you know someone that makes hot rods, low-riders, crazy car audio, jumping hydraulic cars, custom motorcycles or more – let us know!

The First 64 Exhibits for 2016 are Now Online!

Even though our Call for Makers is still open (PLEASE tell your friends, family and co-workers that make things to apply!), we’ve started reviewing exhibits, and we’ve approved the first 64 for 2016! Many of our favorites are returning from past years, and we have some exciting new Makers and their creations – like “Menagerie in Motion”  below!

Check out the ever-growing list of approved exhibits, and if you think of something missing, shoot us a note at makers@makerfaireorlando.com with information on makers from Central Florida that we should invite!

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If you are a maker with a pending exhibit, don’t be dismayed if we have not approved your exhibit yet. We meet weekly to review and approve – and we work hard to ensure that we have a diverse group of exhibits, and that we can meet the requirements of each exhibit. It takes time, and we greatly appreciate your patience 🙂

Exhibit Registration is Now Open!

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Register to Exhibit at Maker Faire Orlando

Our 2016 “Call for Makers” is now open! We expect to host over 300 maker exhibits at Maker Faire Orlando 2016 – and that means we need your awesome project, and we need you to tell us about the other awesome creations that we should invite to Maker Faire Orlando. It is free to exhibit (with low fees for sellers), so get started today!

 

Maker Faire Orlando 2016 & Community Partners

As part of our preparations for Maker Faire Orlando 2016, we are introducing a number of new concepts in how we work with our Community Partners. We are holding open meetings at a number of community locations (FamiLAB Open House on 3/1, and Tampa Hackerspace Open Make Night on 3/8 have been scheduled so far) – and we want to openly share (this post) how we work with community partners in an effort to involve even more community groups in Maker Faire. You are welcome to connect with us one of the scheduled meetings, or have us speak to your group, or discuss any of this directly – just email us at producers@makerfaireorlando.com.

The following is an overview of the content that we will sharing in our community discussions, and we will update it as we do Q&A with each group.

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Maker Faire Producers’ Summit 2016

The Maker Faire Orlando team is visiting San Francisco this weekend for the first-ever Maker Faire Producers’ Summit. With over 100 producers attending from over a dozen countries, we are excited to share, learn, and make some new friends. We are also looking forward to hearing from the Maker Media team about the worldwide growth of Maker Faire – and the new tools and resources they are creating to help our community-produced events grow and thrive.

Community Maker Faire Marketing Workshop

Jessica King, our Executive Producer, will be leading a session on marketing for community-based Maker Faire events. We’ve even brought our friend Professor Hans Von Puppet along to help open the session.

Marketing Checklist

Jessica also created a sharable community marketing checklist that illustrates how we have learned and grown over the last 4 years – and we are excited to add the ideas that we gather from other Maker Faire producers.

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