The official closing date has been extended a whole week for Makers from around the world to submit their innovations.

Maker Faire Rome particularly encourage creative, funny, interactive and educational projects that helps them celebrate invention.

This is the largest Maker Faire which means it gives you a huge amount of visibility and of course networking opportunities.

Maker Faire 2017 Statistics

It saw  100,000 attendees of whom 25,300 attended on the Educational Day with 1,300 teachers.

There were 15,000 participants of last years’ Maker Faire Kids

Altogether 650 projects exhibited

256 light talks, conferences and workshops

If you would like to make it this year and feature your innovation, this is what they are looking for:

What Maker Faire are looking for:

  • Inventors and innovators: innovative products, prototypes, patents, research projects, startups, crowdfunding. When makers want to meet the market, they must come to Maker Faire Rome! Every year we build the future together.
  • Innovative craftsmen: tools and techniques for digital fabrication, from 3D printing to CNC machines, from creative woodworking and metalworking to digital techniques for fashionand design, but also high quality craft products and any process involving hand-making.
  • Electronics: from microcontrollers to retrocomputing, from sensors to Internet of Things, from circuit bending to hacking, from machine learning to open hardware.
  • Food and agriculture: innovation in food (including machines, robotics, techniques for preparation and conservation) and agriculture (agro-tech, rural innovation, automation, monitoring).
  • Robotics and machines: from wheel robots to animatronics, from humanoids to Goldberg machines, from artificial intelligence to industrial automation.
  • Health and quality of life: projects for improving life of disabled people, biomedical products, accessories for sport, projects about human body.
  • Art, interaction and games: projects using light, darkness, sound, music; robotic art, creative coding, musical instruments, virtual reality and interactive installations.
  • Science, chemistry, engineering: science exhibits and experiments, laboratories and shows for kids and adults.
  • Energy, sustainability, recycling: from renewables to upcycling, from recycling of materials to repair culture, from water and environment, from green architecture and smart mobility.
  • Open Source: from Open Source Hardware (OSHW) to Open Design, collaboration and sharing has always been one of the key points of maker movement
  • Large-scale projects: innovative or playful, static or moving, sculptural or technologic, giant projets are always the great attraction that visitors always remember.
  • FabLab & Community: maker laboratories, gathering places for experimentation, maker groups and communities about technologies and creativity.
  • Projects about this year’s topic: future belongs to everyone, innovation (when open, inclusive, bottom-up) is the only way for a better world.
  • …and then dronesbicycles, projects for cultural heritagephotographysecurity and any other topic not listed here.

You can participate in Maker Faire Rome even if you don’t have an innovative project but you have something to show and you’re willing to teach and share your skills and your experience: we’re all makers and everybody want to learn from makers!

Awards:

  • Projects about health and disability participate in the Make to Care contest
  • …more prizes to be announced!

You can participate in several ways:

  • Projects worth exhibiting: selected applicants will be given a pre-set free booth (table + chairs) inside the exhibiting halls, strategically located so to be visited by the large audience that attend Maker Faire Rome right for the sake of discovering interesting projects.
  • Amazingly entertaining presentations: selected applicants will be given a free room (or a stage) to give project presentation/speech, tell a story, engage the audience in the issue they are keen to discuss.
  • Super cool workshops: selected applicants will be assigned a workshop area where they could hold interactive sessions and engage participants – adults and / or children – in “hands on” activities.
  • Performances: selected applicants will be given a free space (or a stage) for them to perform in creative, technological, robotic, musical, pyrotechnic performance.

Things to know:

  • Selected projects will enjoy free participation!
  • Sale will be allowed.
  • Applications will be evaluated by the curators.
  • The standard exhibit includes a schell scheme booth with two tables and two chairs, but we also have a dark room for projects using light in a spectacular way; a large drones stage. We also have outdoor space of various sizes for larger scale attractions.
  • After the public gates close, the Maker Networking Party will begin, the largest gathering of European makers!
  • For any questions please write to [email protected].

More ways to participate:

  • Schools can apply to the dedicated Call for Schools.
  • Partners who are interested in getting a paid space along with more visibility benefits can read the page about Partnerships.
  • Public universities and research centers can apply to the dedicated Call for Universities and Research Institutes.

 

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