The Call for Makers is CLOSED

(but we can still accept a few last-minute applications…)

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 this 2020 edition of the Maker Faire Trieste, that will be held on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September 2020 in the extraordinary location of Trieste’s main square: Piazza Unità d’Italia, in front of the historical and wonderful buildings of the City Hall, the Government Palace and the Regione Palace (note this difference from the past, when the event was hosted at the ICTP Campus in Miramare).

We see this event 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! If you aren’t ready yet to join us as maker, maybe you can help the organisation as volunteer (the call will be open soon 🙂

If you already know all what is written along this page, let’s go straight to the form! 😉

We are looking for Makers!

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.

A few examples of maker’s projects we are looking for…

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,
jaw-dropping experiments,
amazing recycled objects,
every day and future science,
strange and incredible home made music instruments,
Green projects,

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 or scientific value or targeted towards the developing countries will be specially valued.

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You can participate in several ways:

  • The main option is to showcase your project: you will be given a booth (a wooden hut, 4×3 meters large, or as alternative a place under a communal tent of 5×10 meters) to display your project, make demos and talk with the public.
  • At this moment we are unable to guarantee the possibility to give a presentation/talk on stage: most likely we will not have a large stage (because of the rules for COVID-19 prevention and mitigation) but if the situation and the official rules and dispositions at the time of the event will allow it, you will have time to describe your project, tell an interesting story or engage the audience with a great idea. The same is valid for technical seminars intended for a smaller audience, covering advanced topics at a deeper level than general talks.
  • As well we cannot guarantee now the possibility to hold a workshop: most likely we will not have any workshop area or room where to hold (safely!) interactive sessions and engage participants – adults and / or children – in “hands on” activities, but if the situation improves we will be informing all makers of this possibility.
  • If you are interested in performing for the public: you will be able to perform from your booth on the adjacent areas, but in case a stage (or a large free space) is needed for you to perform in creative, technological, robotic, musical, scientific performance… well we cannot guarantee this at the moment. As for the previous cases, if the situation improves we will be informing all makers of the new possibilities.


Things to know:

  • All selected projects will enjoy free participation! The organizers may decide to offer a contribution to cover some costs to a few selected projects that are particularly expensive and spectacular.
  • Applications will be evaluated by a Selection Committee within 1 week from their submission. Acceptance or rejection of your proposal will be communicated immediately (even before the deadline). There is also a waiting list for proposals that are not immediately accepted but not refused either, for which a definitive answer (depending on availability of spaces) will be given within a few days after the closing of the Call for Makers.
  • The standard exhibit includes a wooden hut, 4×3 meters large, open on all sides (of the same type used for Christmas markets and other popular fairs) and with light and electricity, but a second option is also possible upon request (or by decision of the organisers): a place under a communal tent (“white gazebo”) of 5×10 meters, with plastic walls (that can stay open or be partially or totally closed), as well with lights and electricity, specially good for “big” exhibits that cannot be showed properly from within the hut. Finally, outdoor spaces of various sizes can be used, if you can bring your own structure or if you don’t need any structure.
  • As per our tradition, a Maker Party will be offered to all registered makers: a gathering of makers to relax, chat, network and exchange experiences, drink and have fun together! This year it will be most likely held as an after-dinner on the evening of Friday 4 September, after closing the fair to the public, but still we cannot confirm the details.
  • For any questions please contact us.

Science Picnic: Scientific exhibits part of the festival “Science in the City” of ESOF2020 Trieste

Our event is part of the scientific festival of ESOF (Euro Science Open Forum, that elected Trieste to be “European City of Science” for the year 2020), taking place in Trieste this year. The main scientific conferences are scheduled (mostly virtually, but also in person) from 2 to 6 September, and the festival will take place in a distributed / diffused manner from July to December 2020. Some of the exhibits that have been accepted for the science festival will be hosted by the Maker Faire, bringing together makers, scientists, researchers, professional and amateurs science communicators and other science enthusiasts. You can inform us that you have been already selected by ESOF for the festival when filling the Call for Maker application form.

More info on the festival is available on their website:


Can I apply with an unrealized idea?

At 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!


I have multiple projects: should I send multiple applications?

Yes, please: they will be more visible in the web site and we will understand better what you’re going to bring.


We are a group of makers, how can we apply?

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).


We’re a Fab Lab, how can we apply?

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.


I am a minor, can I still apply?

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.


Where can I sleep?

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,  we are evaluating if the current regulations related to COVID-19 can allow ICTP to offer free accommodation at the campus guesthouses to the makers coming from outside Trieste. Please note this is just a possibility at the moment and we cannot guarantee it. Since the availability of rooms is anyway limited, we invite you to send your applications as soon as possible.


Can I sell at Maker Faire?

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 not-for-profit nature of the event, the sale of products or any other business transaction 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 #MFTS2020 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 form, for multiple projects/activities).

Please take your time to do it properly, with all relevant information, and we ask you to fill a separate application form for each of your projects (or talks, workshops, performances, etc) if you are proposing multiple things (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).

Go to the Application Form!