Southwest Maker Fest (SWMF) is a place of ideas and action that celebrates the uniquely human power of creativity and invention, and the entrepreneurial spirit. From new art forms to extraordinary inventions, from programs that explore new techniques to doit-yourself on-site opportunities, SWMF will stimulate curiosity and inspire the maker inside you.

Southwest Maker Fest’s VISION is a connected community, empowered by creativity. Our MISSION is to celebrate, engage, and inspire the maker in each of us.

In 2018, Southwest Maker Fest (SWMF) was the biggest in our history, with festival visitation of about 7,000. With every one of last year’s event’s 55+ exhibitors, presenters and performers engaging visitors in some aspect of “making,” SWMF offered big family fun, wonder-filled experiences and cool learning.

With YOUR support, and building on that success, we will be able to add more featured activities and demonstrations, and a largescale community art project in 2019!

Now in its 6th year, the festival continues to garner great energy and excitement about building an inclusive and highly creative event, while strengthening our innovative community and its entrepreneurial spirit. Our partnership with Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts, held adjacent to SWMF and providing a showcase for artisans and artists showing and selling their work, strikes the right balance between doing and seeing, with a great variety of experiences.

We hope you will consider becoming a partner and supporter of Southwest Maker Fest, an all-volunteer effort driven by dozens of experienced administrators, makers, event planners, and partners. We’re proud to count among our partners such major institutions as Mesa Arts Center, Arizona Science Center and i.d.e.a. Museum, as well as grassroots organizations such as HeatSync Labs and the Collaboratory, among many others. With our all-volunteer force, every penny invested goes to help produce a great event!

Southwest Maker Fest is a signature event of the Arizona Sci-Tech Festival.

Please consider supporting the development of our maker community and take advantage of a built-in crowd of 7,000+ attendees, putting your business in the spotlight and linking you with the maker movement, creativity and innovation.

Marketing

Southwest Maker Fest will be promoted through various means including website, media coverage, social media, maker calendars, posters, flyers and newsletters. A festival program will be distributed free at the festival. Sponsors will receive exposure in electronic media and printed materials.

Sponsorships

We invite you to have a conversation with a member of our committee to discuss a sponsorship level that is appropriate for you. We are happy to discuss your goals and seek ways to tailor a sponsorship package to your needs. You can partner as a donor, sponsor, exhibitor or volunteer—join us!

Southwest Maker Fest is an all-volunteer, grass roots effort, operating under the auspices of the Downtown Mesa Association and its 501(c) 3 non-profit, Ultimate Imaginations Inc. (UII). All sponsorships will be through UII, a tax-exempt organization, and will be tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

Sponsor Levels

Donate to support SWMF via PayPal

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Friend $100

  • Acknowledgement on website

  • Invitation to Post-Festival Celebration

Community Connector $250

All of the above PLUS

  • Listing in Festival Program Book

Inspiration Catalyst $500

All of the above PLUS

  • Logo inclusion in all print media (posters, flyers)

  • 10x10 Commercial Booth Space at event

Visionary Champion $1,000

All of the above PLUS

  • One banner displayed at SWMF (provided by sponsor)

Innovation Architect $2,500

All of the above PLUS

  • Inclusion in all media press releases

  • Prime hi-traffic booth location

Creative Force $5,000

All of the above PLUS

  • Second banner displayed at a featured festival location (provided by sponsor)

  • Verbal recognition as appropriate at festival events (between performances; during awards presentation)

  • Each Creative Force sponsor will receive a very special Thank You gift: an original, one-of-a-kind work of art made by a SMWF professional maker, acknowledging their support of SWMF 2019!