General FAQ for Exhibitors, Presenters, and Workshops.

+ What kind of exhibits and projects is SWMF looking for?

Primarily, we're looking for exhibits and projects that are interactive and engage visitors. Here are a some of the projects that would be ideal for Southwest Maker Fest:

  • Coding Workshops
  • Hacking projects & Workshops
  • Community Collaborative Art Projects
  • Computer Aided Design & 3D Printing Workshops & Demos
  • DIY Rockets and Radio Controlled Toys in Action
  • Unique make and take art projects
  • Extraordinary Innovations, Machines and Tools
  • Hacked Radios, Computers and Game Systems
  • Homegrown Robots and Flying Drones
  • Large Scale Sculpture and Art
  • Interactive Electronics, LED lights, Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects
  • Interactive Textile Arts
  • Projects with emphasis on Sustainability & Green Technologies
  • Kits, Puppets and Other Imaginative Brainchildren
  • Repurposed Bicycles and Other forms of Low-Impact Transportation
  • Science, Biotech and Chemistry projects
  • STEAM Kit Makers
  • STEAM Student Projects
  • Traditional Arts
  • Arts with a new twist
  • Anachronistic Arts

+ When and where will Southwest Maker Fest take place?

For 2018, Southwest Maker Fest will be held on Pepper Place in downtown Mesa, between Robson and MacDonald. Indoor venues participating in SWMF include the i.d.e.a. Museum, HeatSync Labs, and K'é - A Place to Grow Small Business. All exhibits will be outside, rain or shine.

+ I would like to give a presentation or a workshop but do not plan to have my own exhibit. Can you provide a space for me?

We have very limited spaces for workshops and presentations. Please let us know how long your workshop or presentation lasts (typically 30-60 minutes), allowing time for Q&A, and any special setup requirements in the Special Setup field in the application form.

+ Is there a cost to exhibit?

There is an expectation that all exhibits at Southwest Maker Fest are interactive, and there is no cost to exhibit. Interactive exhibits include one or more of the following:

  • Make & Take activity
  • Hands on activity
  • Workshop
  • Classes
  • Demonstrations
  • Presentations
  • Q&A

You may sell items you made, but the primary purpose of your exhibit should be interaction, not selling.

+ Can I sell my work at SWMF?

Southwest Maker Fest had a "Maker Marketplace" in 2016 and 2017 for individual makers who primarily wish to sell their work. For 2018, SWMF is instead partnering with Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts, which will happen adjacent to and on the same day and time as SWMF. If you wish to sell your work you should apply at Register - Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts. Apply for the February 17 date.

+ How big is an exhibit space?

The regular exhibit space is 10x10’, outdoors. You may also request a double (10'x20') space. If you have other special space requirements for your exhibit space, please explain in the "Special Setup" field near the end of the form.

+ What is provided at the exhibit space?

Basically, the space. All spaces are outdoors and uncovered. You should supply your own canopy, tables, chairs, and display items. If you have requirements for power . We will do what we can to accommodate these requests. If you need power for lighting your booth, we recommend that you bring battery powered lighting.

+ What about performers?

This year performance entertainment is being managed by Mesa Community College. Check back here for contact information.

+ When are applications due?

Applications will be accepted through January 29.

+ When will I hear back after submitting my application?

You should receive an email right when your application is submitted letting you know that we recieved your application. If you do not, please contact us at swmakerfest@gmail.com. Another email with application acceptance and details may take up to 2 weeks.

+ Are late applications accepted?

Applications submitted after January 29 but before February 10 will be reviewed, but space will not be guaranteed. Also, exhibitors applying after January 29 will not have their information included in the program.

For any other questions about exhibiting, please contact us.