Calling All Makers

The Dayton Mini Maker Faire is a fun-filled community festival that brings together science, art, craft, engineering and history plus music, food, workshops, and performance. It is a celebration of the ingenuity and innovative spirit that has inspired generations of Daytonians from the Wright Brothers to today.  The 2017 Dayton Mini Maker Faire will be held August 5-6, 2017 at Carillon Historical Park in Downtown Dayton, Ohio.

At our 2016 inaugural Dayton Mini Maker Faire we welcomed over 2,500 people to Carillon Historical Park.  Attendees got to meet the over 50 makers exhibiting projects of all sorts and sizes; participate in hands-on workshops and making across tech, craft, science and history; and enjoy the thrilling, fast-paced Boneyard Build-Off competition.

This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers across the Dayton region and beyond—anyone who is embracing the DIY or DIT (do-it-together!) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.  Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.  

Entries

  • Apply as an exhibitor, performer, or presenter.
  • Entry Open Date: February 1, 2017. Please enter early so we can reserve space for your exhibit.
  • Entry Close Date: July 4, 2017.  Late applications will still be reviewed and if we are able to accommodate you, we will respond on a rolling basis.

The first step to participating in the Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals; groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools; commercial makers or crafters; startups; and companies.

Note there is no fee to participate in the Maker Faire if you are not selling or promoting a product.  If you plan to sell items on site at the Dayton Mini Maker Faire, there is a $150 vendor fee (waived for event sponsors). Startups and companies can participate at varying levels (please check out our Become a Sponsor page for more information).

Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:

  • Robotics
  • Wearables, E-Textiles, Fashion Tech
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Drones & RC Fun
  • Homesteader & Domestic Arts
  • Kinetic, Fire & Installation Art
  • Digital Fabrication – 3D Printers, CNC, ETC
  • Open Hardware Projects
  • Design: Industrial, Fashion, Product, Urban
  • Young Makers & School Maker Clubs
  • Music Performance
  • Hacks of Any Sort
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Foundry & Blacksmithing
  • How-To Workshops, Panel Discussions and Presenters
  • Electronic Projects
  • Textiles and Arts and Crafts
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Puppets
  • Bicycles and Human-Powered Machines
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Maker Exhibit: Our standard setup for a Maker exhibit is an outdoor 10’x10′ space under a shade tent.  If you need a different space for your exhibit or project, please let us know. Use this space to display your work and/or demonstrate how you make something.

Presentations or Workshops: Various length time slots can be accommodated.  Can be demos, stories, how-tos, and group (panel) conversations.

Performances: We will have an outdoor stage available for musical and non-musical performances. Limited indoor space may also be available upon request.

Any questions can be directed to makeitdayton@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the Dayton Mini Maker Faire on August 5&6, 2017!