Maker FAQ

This page collects some common questions about exhibiting at the Faire.


Application Process

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire opens its Call for Makers in early March. That page describes the different types of Makers and exhibitors, how the application process goes, and has some general information about the Faire.

After filling out the short Call for Makers form, the application goes into review. If your application is accepted, you will receive details about completing a second form that provides booth details and confirms your participation. This form will be available to accepted Makers starting in April.


Booth Logistics

As the event gets nearer, we will be asking our makers if they have special needs regarding things like power, location, and space, so we can plan the space accordingly.

Space

Every maker gets a 10×10 booth. Upgrading to a 10×20 booth space costs $100. If you need more space than 10×20, please contact us.


Fees

There is no fee for individual makers showing in the regular 10×10 booth.

Selling

Commercial Makers (makers who are selling things they’ve made), small companies, and non-profits selling things pay a vendor fee of $100. Companies selling things pay a vendor fee of $200. Alternate arrangements may be possible.


Education Day

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire opens its doors a day early for qualifying 7th graders to help get students excited about making. We invite our exhibitors to setup early and participate in this event. We provide a set supplies stipend in order to make it easier for makers to provide hands-on experiences.

More details will be coming as the event gets closer.


Student Showcase

This year, we are trying to make it easier for students to show off things they’ve made with a Student Showcase. Although students have been able to apply through our regular Call for Makers and get a booth in previous years, this requires the student or some helpers to be at a booth for the event. The Student Showcase will be an area where students can display their work during the whole event, but are only required to be present for a shorter time. This should make it easier for students to both share their work and see the rest of the Faire, and also reduce the burden on students and their families.

If you are interested in participating in this, use the Student Showcase application form.


Spreading the word

Your help in spreading the word about the Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire is greatly appreciated! We have a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to use our our badges and logo when you announce you’ve been accepted.

To download our badges or logo to use in social media, right click on the image and choose “Save Target As”.


Still have a question?

If your questions aren’t answered here, you can contact us at makercoordinator@makerfairemsp.com.