FAQ - Table of Contents

FAQ - General Information

What is a Maker Faire?

Who are Makers?

When is the Southwest MI Mini Maker Faire?

Where is the Southwest MI Mini Maker Faire?

How can I get involved with this event?

What organizations are coordinating the event?

FAQ - Volunteer Information

What might I be doing as a volunteer?

Whom should I contact to volunteer?

FAQ - Exhibitor Information

What are some examples of projects from other Maker Faires?

What is the cost of exhibiting as a Maker?

How do I know that I was selected to exhibit?

What is the standard booth set up?

Will power be available?

Will wi-fi be available?

FAQ - Sponsor Information

What sponsorship opportunities are available?

What are some of the benefits of sponsoring the SWMI Mini Maker Faire?

Are there any specific activities or supplies that are needed?

FAQ - General Information

What is a Maker Faire?

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. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.

Who are Makers?

In short, you are!  Many makers are hobbyists, enthusiasts or students (amateurs!)–but they are also a wellspring of innovation, creating new products and producing value in the community. Some makers do become entrepreneurs and start companies.

This is grassroots innovation that we can foster in every community. It’s being called the Maker Movement, and MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire are very proud of having been (and continuing to be) a nurturing ground for this growing community of creative and curious people.

When is the Southwest MI Mini Maker Faire?

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where is the Southwest MI Mini Maker Faire?

Whirlpool Centennial Park (near the compass fountains)

311 Broad Street

St. Joseph, MI.  49085

How can I get involved with this event?

There are many ways in which you can get involved with the Southwest MI Mini Maker Faire. We are specifically looking for exhibitors/presenters, volunteers and sponsors.

What organizations are coordinating the event?

The maker faire is licensed through makermedia.com and Make Magazine.  The local organizations are Berrien Regional Services Educational Agency (RESA), Cornerstone Alliance, and Kinexus.

FAQ - Volunteer Information

What might I be doing as a volunteer?

Day of duties may include checking on maker activities, making sure presenters have necessary materials, facilitating interactive sessions, providing directions, answering questions and being just a generally helpful person!  There may be other opportunities to assist with maker meet-ups or other events leading up to the SWMI Mini Maker Faire.

Whom should I contact to volunteer?

Send inquiries to makerfaire@berrienresa.org more information will be posted as the event draws closer.

FAQ - Exhibitor Information

What are some examples of projects from other Maker Faires?

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.   

Here are just some of the topics that we’re looking for:

What is the cost of exhibiting as a Maker?

How do I know that I was selected to exhibit?

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: makerfaire@berrienresa.org. Acceptances are sent via email approximately every 2 weeks up until mid-May.

What is the standard booth set up?

10×10 space, One Table, and Two Chairs.  Please indicate on your form any special requests or arrangements that will be needed for an optimal visitor experience.

Will power be available?

        Yes, if you need power bring an extension cord (or your own power supply).

Will wi-fi be available?

        Internet connectivity will not be provided for exhibitors.

FAQ - Sponsor Information

What sponsorship opportunities are available?

Corporate entities and established companies are welcomed to sponsor the Southwest Michigan Mini Maker Faire. Corporate entities and/or established companies that wish to sponsor portions of the Southwest MI Maker Faire can contact makerfaire@berrienresa.org for detailed sponsorship information. 

What are some of the benefits of sponsoring the SWMI Mini Maker Faire?

Depending on the level of sponsorship tabletop signage, an online link from our website, mentions in our social media, sponsorship banners, T-shirts and more.

Are there any specific activities or supplies that are needed?