We invite makers, inventors, scientists, artisans, artists and other creative passionate and enthusiast people from the Triveneto Area, the neighbouring regions and countries (the near and the far ones) to participate to show and demonstrate their projects during the fifth edition of the Trieste Mini Maker Faire, that will be held on July 28 and 29 in Miramare (Trieste).
We see this fifth edition as a great opportunity for everyone to share experiences and to grow bigger together, and we need the help of you all to make it a unique and memorable event!
Maker Faire is the Greatest “Show and Tell” on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. An occasion for Makers to show what they are busy making, and share what they are learning, and finally it’s a celebration of the Maker movement and spirit. Yeah, Makers…
Makers, who are they???
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are the guys and the girls who, after a long day of being “just normal people” will spend most evenings and weekends in the basement, making something new, playing bravely with new technologies or with antique craftsmanship techniques.
Makers are –before any label or definition– just curious people, of all ages and backgrounds, who goes beyond talking and start doing, making… exactly the ones that are primarily and over all into MAKING.
Robots that are useful, funny, that compete, make pizza…
3D printers and scanners with a little extra something,
electronic and science-fiction inspired clothes,
mechanical gizmos that work with crancks and pedals,
super tiny, super big or super strange drones,
surprising interactive shows,
wild creative wood working and a handicraft,
houses that do strange stuff,
open source software for every need,
microprocessors of all kinds,
amazing recycled objects,
every day and future science,
strange and incredible home made music instruments,
And anything with the WOW factor!
If you don’t have an innovative project, you can apply to our Mini Maker Faire to show and teach and share your techniques, your knowledge, your experience: we are all makers!
Innovative ideas and projects of educational value or targeted towards the developing countries will be specially valued.
Following the big success of the competition among line-follower robots held last year, we decided to open to all maker the opportunity to propose and organize challenges open to the kids, the young or the adult public, with these requirements: to be fun, within the Maker spirit, and with free participation. Such challenges, that will be part of the official programme of the event, will be advertised on the official TSMMF website in due time, to allow the public to apply to them and be ready in time, and the organizers are looking for sponsors to offering some prizes.
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At Mini Maker Faire, visitors want to see physical projects so you should bring at least a prototype. If at the time of your application you don’t have a prototype yet, tell that in the project description and include pictures showing its development status. We want to understand clearly what you’re going to put on your table!
Yes, please: they will be more visible in the web site and we will understand better what you’re going to bring.
If the project was built by a group of people, or a club or association or another recognized entity, one of them should apply to the Call for Makers as an individual. He will represent his group legally. However, in the public information of the project you can put additional names (up to 5).
You can submit all the projects you want to exhibit, if you have the legal rights for them. If you want to bring projects by other people (i.e. users of your lab) and you don’t have the full rights on them, just have those people apply separately with their names and tell them to specify they want to be close to your booth. We’ll do our best.
Underage people cannot apply directly according to the Regulation, so please ask your parents to apply on behalf of you. You’ll name can still be published as maker in the public information.
There is a inexpensive Hostel with a wonderful scenic view located on the seaside at less than 500 meters from the ICTP Campus: Ostello Tergeste. Alternatively, the ICTP is offering free accommodation at the campus guesthouses to the makers coming from outside Trieste. The availability of rooms in limited, so we invite you to send your applications as soon as possible.
Direct and explicit sale of products and public advertisement of commercial transactions are not allowed during the event, as specified in the paragraph 16 of the Rules:
“Given the international nature of the host institution (ICTP), the sale of products and all business transactions will NOT be permitted during the fair itself. Explicit advertising of commercial products (even if not on sale) must be authorized in advance by the organizers.”
This does not imply that the maker, if a visitor is showing interested for a product being exposed, cannot agree privately with such person for a future sale of the good, but makers should absolutely avoid any display of “on sale” signs or price tags on objects.
With regard to expenses incurred for workshops and tutorials organized by the makers for the public, the makers should ask and receive a written authorisation from the organizers to be allowed to collect from participants a small fee (declared in advance), to cover only the expenses of the consumables needed for such activity, without profit.
1. Spread the word with your friends (also with the artworks and the #TSMMF hashtag).
2. Like our Facebook page to remain updated on the news, while you are hacking your project.
3. Read carefully the Rules of Participation for Makers.
4. Fill and submit (see link below) your Application Form (or more than one) no later than July 1st, 2018 at midnight.
Take your time to do it properly, with all relevant information, and please fill a separate application form for each of your projects, talks, workshops, performaces, etc if you are proposing more than one (basically, fill a new form for any activity or project that has got its own title, category and description).
Each application will be individually evaluated (and the relevant communications will be sent to you by email), but the maker data will then be grouped together and used only once for the registration. In this way, every accepted project and activity will have its name, brief description and picture (and video, if available) published on our website from the beginning, together with the maker’s names.
Some of the information provided in the application form (and clearly labeled as public), after the project is accepted will be made public on the website (and potentially shared on social media) without asking further authorization. All other information given by you will be considered as private and solely used by the organization for administrative purposes, and never made public (particularly for the personal and contact data of the makers).