What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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About Our Maker Faire

This year’s Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire is brought to you by the Chattanooga Public Library and CO.LAB!

The Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire was launched in October 2014, closing out the first Startup Week Chattanooga. The event has continued to be held every year at the First Tennessee Pavilion and has attracted more makers and attendees each year. Chattanooga’s maker community has grown significantly just as the entrepreneurial community has grown in the past decade.

The 2018 Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire will be held at the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library on October 20th, from 10am – 4pm.

Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine.  It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events.  Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.

What Else You Should Know

Who qualifies as a maker: Tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors, etc. People who want to show what they have made and share what they have learned.

Requirements for participation: Makers can submit proposals for a booth or exhibitor presence, a workshop (interactive, hands-on activity), and a presentation (show-and-tell demonstration, little-to-no attendee activity). Maker participants will have the option to showcase a product and share knowledge, create a hands-on activity that inspires others to embrace maker values, showcase a craft or performance, sell locally-made goods, launch a crowdfunding campaign, or create maker-focused networking activities.

Benefits of participation: Opportunity to reach more than 2,000 attendees with your craft, product, or performance.

Maker Grants for 2018: A limited number of Maker Grants totaling up to $1,000 each will be awarded to applicants who have ideas for making their exhibits more interactive, more engaging for participants, and higher quality overall. Prospective grantees must first receive approval to exhibit at the maker faire in order to qualify. All approved exhibitors will receive Maker Grant applications via email after their exhibitor applications are approved. In order to be eligible for Maker Grants, approved maker faire exhibitors must submit itemized budgets for improving their exhibits.