Call for Makers

Event date: Saturday, September 15th, 2018 from 10am to 4pm. You must have a staffed booth for the duration of this event.

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 and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. You can be an artist, a chef/cook, a tinkerer, a technician, a craftsman, a chemist, a builder, or just someone who does something they want to show others. Makers are all sorts of people who share their knowledge with others.

All makers must submit an application to be a part of the 2018 Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire. Please review the guidelines below for more information.

Folks, we don’t have the large sponsorship we did last year, so this year, you will need to bring your own booths, which means tables and chairs, and if outside, possibly a canopy. We have limited electric at this venue, so inside booths will be at a first come, first serve. All others will need to bring their own power source if you require it. You will need to provide a sign for your booth.


There is no fee for Maker’s to exhibit at the Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire, with the exception of Commercial Makers (anyone selling a product or service). The Commercial Maker fee will be 10% of gross sales.  Commercial Makers are responsible for obtaining any applicable City permits if needed.


  • You can fill out more than one proposal in one or more categories.
  • Before starting your application, select a quality photo of your project and yourself.
  • Have questions about the logistics of participating in Maker Faire? Please contact us here.
  • Food Maker’s must register for a permit with the Health Department in order to distribute food. Selling food will not be permitted. Contact Jessica Klemencic the Environmental Health Supervisor and Technical Specialist from the Hampton Health Department for future details: Desk phone: 757-727-2574 and Main office: 757-727-2570


  • Best: An interactive exhibit where the public can safely get their hands dirty and make something or learn something. (Examples: Learn to Solder, Ham Radio, Squishy Circuits Demo, Recycled Crochet and Small  Indoor Drones)
  • Best: Playful! An interactive exhibit where kids (of all ages) can free their mind and simply play. (Examples: Thinker Linkers, Lego Bricks, Robotic Gladiators)
  • Next Best: An in-person demonstration of a project, skill, art, craft, or talent.  Something that will inspire folks to go home and get involved in that subject or learn more about it. (Examples: Tesla Coil, Wood Turning, Arduino Programming, Underground Railroad, Quilting)
  • Next Best: Peformances, Exhibits, or Kinetic Art that include “how and why I made this” (Examples: Steam Punk Art, Interesting Musical Instruments, Giant Robot Suits)
  • Next Best: A showcase of your invention, project, new-product, or maker-related business.  (examples: ShopBot Tools, Kickstarter Projects, Science Kits)
  • Ok: Static Displays {in a limited number of spots around the overall exhibit} and only if the creator is willing to be available to answer questions and explain “how” and “why” they made what they made. (Examples: Sculpture, Student Projects, Science Projects)


  • Unsafe Exhibits will not be allowed (a safety plan must be submitted for any exhibit that is potentially harmful)
  • Maker Faire is about showcasing your unique ideas and your art, it is not a trade show or a commercial venue.  The goal is to inspire but not necessarily to sell. If you would like to sell something, please be sure to let us know so you may register as a vendor. Only registered vendors will be allowed to sell anything.
  • Arrive late or leave early.  The exhibit should be set up and running for the public at 10:00am, and you should not tear down your exhibit prior to 4:00pm.  (If you need special accommodations due to distance or other factors please let us know.)


  • Space is generally 10’×10′, but larger spaces are possible for the right exhibits.  Most spaces will be located inside; if outdoor space is absolutely required, please let us know.
  • Electricity (for those booths which require it, 110 VAC only) Please bring your own UL approved outlet strips, extension cords, and cord hold-downs as needed. (Rubber trip guards or non-marring gaffer tape only.)
  • Tables and Chairs. Vendors will need to bring their own this year.
  • WiFi Access from the event venue. (Please note, access may be spotty due to the number of people accessing it or due to radio interference from exhibits.  If Internet access is critical to your project, please provide your own hot-spot.)
  • Promotion of your exhibit (links and information on our makers page, mention on our twitter account, links and promotion via our facebook page.)
  • Assistance with unloading, loading, and booth sitters for bathroom breaks thanks to our amazing volunteers!
  • A great time, a relaxed atmosphere, lots of good memories!

After receiving the Call for Makers notice and applying, we will send an email confirming that we have received your entry form. If you don’t receive this email, let us know: Acceptances are sent via e-mail. Once accepted, begin to plan for your participation.

Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire on Twitter, via our Maker Faire Facebook feed, and on Instagram to keep up with the latest news on makers and Maker Faire.

Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed based on available space.