Calling All Makers

Call for Makers is Now Open!

Dear Friend of Rutland Mini Maker Faire,

It’s time to get ready for the Rutland Mini Maker Faire Saturday August 12, 2017 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Grand Opening of the new The MINT, Rutland’s Makerspace in Rutland, Vermont. Dozens of makers will exhibit to hundreds of visitors at this unique New England Maker extravaganza!

This is the third year for the Rutland Mini Maker Faire.  We need you and your creative, innovative projects to be a part of this exciting new event!

Apply Today!

When and where is The MINT and the Rutland Mini Maker Faire?

Saturday August 12, Noon – 5:00 p.m

112 Quality Lane, The MINT, Rutland, Vermont 05701

 

What kinds of exhibitions will be there?
Interactive projects that showcase the value and process of “making,” including:

  • Vintage Tech and Gaming
  • Design/Architecture/Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Hacker and Maker Space
  • Biotech/Biochem
  • 3D Printers
  • Tesla Coils
  • Miniature Racing and Boating
  • Student Projects/Experiments
  • Clothing/Textile Design and Innovation
  • Food and Beverage Makers
  • Crafts
  • Found objects
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Fire/Water Displays
  • Unusual Tools
  • Kites
  • Bicycles
  • HAM Radio
  • Art Cars

What are the characteristics we are looking for as Makers?

A do-it-yourself project that is unique, inspiring, engaging, and interactive with observers.  It tells a story.  It might be a piece of art… or a tool or project that does something different.   It should be something that hasn’t been seen before, or at least by few people.   It should not be for commercial purposes – no selling….at least in the Maker Demo Space.  The Maker needs to be there to demo and explain.  There may be different categories in size…fits in a 10×10 space, or bigger, or smaller, but outside.  There may be an opportunity for a different category of Maker, a company that is experimenting with some one-off projects…things that do unique things.  Its okay to take commercial things and do a “mash-up” that repurposes in unique and “ah hah” ways, ie, an underwater bicycle.  Risky projects are encouraged, but need to be managed in a way that the audience and property remain safe.   For example a rocket-propelled motorcycle would be great, but would need to be shown in a safe way.

 

Who should apply for a Rutland Mini Maker Faire booth?
Local, regional, and national groups, clubs, individuals, schools, universities, and hobbyists who can demonstrate or actually show the making of their invention/craft/project in a contained booth setting.

NOTE: Young Makers ages 16 and under must have parental/guardian permission and complete permission form in Step 2 of application to exhibit at Rutland Mini Maker Faire 2016 (we will send to you for parent signature).

What does it cost to exhibit?
Applicants who are chosen by a review panel to participate will receive a covered display area at no charge. A table and 2 chairs will be provided.  Those applicants who also wish to offer their inventions/crafts/artwork for sale at Rutland Mini Maker Faire may be asked to pay a fee for their booth space.

How many Makers will exhibit?
The Rutland Mini Maker Faire is equipped to handle upward of 30 display spaces on the surrounding grounds.  Attendee cost is free.

How many people will attend the Rutland Mini Maker Faire?

This is a new location however there is a lot of interest in The MINT. We estimate more than 1000 attendees.

How do I learn more or apply to be a Maker?
Visit the Rutland Mini Maker Faire Information Page at http://www.rutlandmakerfaire.com
For more information on the MINT Makerspace visit www.rutlandmint.org

The CALL FOR MAKERS APPLICATION is here:    https://cmfinc.wufoo.com/forms/swkuv690r7c08a/ The Call for Makers is open until July 28, 2017.

More questions?

Contact us.   (802) 578-7738 or email doug@cmfinnovation.org