2017 Call for Makers!

Do you build, craft, invent, hack, create, teach, make? Applications to participate in the 7th annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire are now open! The 2017 VMMF will bring together more than 150 artists, inventors, tech-heads, and Makers of all kinds for an exciting weekend of sharing knowledge, inspiring each other, exhibiting projects, and building community.

Event Dates: June 10 & 11, 2017
Location: PNE Forum, Hastings Park, Vancouver
Application Deadline: March 15, 2017


If you already know which category you’d like to submit an application for, please go ahead and use the blue links below to get your application started. If you’re unsure which category best suits your project, please scroll further down the page for detailed descriptions.

Maker Exhibit
A weekend long demo of your project(s). Maker categories include Individuals, Groups, Non-Profits and Commercial Makers – more details below. Apply here.

A scheduled performance, usually on a stage. Set lengths vary. Apply here.

A scheduled  10, 20 or 45 minute presentation or demonstration, usually on a stage. Apply here.

Workshop Leader
Design and lead one or more short (30-120 min) workshops. Apply here.

If you have any questions about which Maker category you should apply under, please email makers@makerfaire.ca.


To apply, use the blue application link above which best fits your proposal: Maker Exhibit, Performance, Presentation, or Workshop Leader.
Entries can be submitted from individuals, small teams, or larger groups such as hobby clubs, community organizations, schools, and businesses. We particularly love exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

Here are just some of the topics that we’re looking for:

    • Student projects
    • Robotics
    • Homegrown drones
    • Arduino projects
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Space projects
    • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
    • Conductive materials projects
    • Kit makers
    • Interactive art projects
    • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
    • Textile projects
    • E-Textiles
    • Art cars
    • Home energy monitoring
    • Rockets and RC Toys
    • Sustainability and green tech
    • Vintage or modified radios, computers, and video game systems
    • Electronics
    • Electric vehicles
    • Science, biology/biotech, and chemistry projects
    • Puppets, kites, and other whimsical creations
    • Bike-based projects
    • Large-scale art
    • Music performances and participation
    • Unusual tools or machines
    • How to Fix Things or Take Them Apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.)


Maker Exhibit: Individuals, groups, non-profits, schools, and other organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and how it works in an all-weekend exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged.

Maker booth fees include one 10’x10′ space, one 8′ long table, two chairs, and one 3-prong outlet; you will have the opportunity to rent additional space and equipment before the show.

NB: You will not be required to make any payments with your application.

Maker exhibits include these sub-types:

  • Young Makers (booth fee: $20 + GST): You are a maker aged 18 or younger. You are the next wave of awesome!
  • Individual Maker (booth fee: $30 +GST): You’re coming to VMMF to show others what you do and how it works. Your exhibit can be something that you designed and built, alone or with friends/collaborators. It could also be a work in progress, a skill or activity you’d like to share, or a demonstration of how an object or system works. Individual Makers may not sell anything at the fair.
  • Maker Group or Non-Profit (booth fee: $60 + GST): Your organization, non-profit, or community group makes things or supports/facilitates making, which can include teaching or sharing skills, providing tools or space, raising the profile of or advocating for Maker communities, building community, publishing learning materials, or other activities. Please appoint one person to coordinate your VMMF application/exhibit.
  • Start-up Maker/Microbusiness (booth fee: $100 + GST): You’ve designed/invented/built or otherwise created something amazing, and you think it’s marketable. Congratulations! Start-ups (businesses less than one year old) and microbusinesses are welcome to apply in this category. Start-up and Microbusiness Makers are welcome to sell items at the fair (DIY kits related to Maker projects are often big sellers. Just sayin’.).
  • Commercial Maker (booth fee: $200 + GST): You run an established business making and selling products, and you would like to sell items at VMMF. To qualify as a Commercial Maker, your products must be assembled locally (relative to you), by your company, or by your customers. We encourage you to have a demonstration or hands-on component to your booth.

If you have any questions, please email makers@makerfaire.ca.

PerformanceMusicians, performance artists, and entertainers who would like to perform at VMMF. Performances are usually in an outdoor tent and scheduled for approximately 45 minutes, though set lengths vary; we also really love roaming and unscheduled performers. Please mention scheduling details in your application.

Presentation: Individuals and groups who would like to talk about an idea or project of interest to the Maker community, or Makers who are interested in demonstrating what they make and how it works, but who aren’t ready to commit to a two-day stint at a booth. Presentations are typically 20 or 45 minutes, with some time for Q&A.

Workshop Leader: Want to share your hard-earned knowledge, but don’t want to commit to running a booth all weekend?  You can design and lead one or more short (30-120 min) workshops at the designated workshop area.


When applying, you are required to provide a project photo, and a bio photo if you applying to make a presentation. These photos will be used on our website to promote your project.

Your photos should not have any text in them, and should be a single image, please, not a collage. Your photos should be at least 500px x 500 px, and PNG, JPG, JPEG or GIF format.


Volunteer: Want to help us make Vancouver Mini Maker Faire an amazing event for everyone? Check out our Volunteer Information page! We’d love to have you.

Mobile Food Vendors:  If you would like to sell non-packaged, ready-to-eat food to attendees, please fill out a Mobile Food Vendor Application. If you are a baker/chocolate maker/other non-concessionary food maker, please apply through the Maker application form.

Sponsors: Is your organization interested in supporting us as a Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Sponsor? We’ve got a ton of different sponsorship options available! Check out our sponsorship package for more information or email our Sponsorship Coordinator to discuss the possibilities.


Following your submission, you will receive an email confirming that we have your application. If you don’t receive your confirmation email within a few minutes, contact makers@makerfaire.ca. This confirmation does not constitute acceptance to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.

You’ll be notified via email about your acceptance to the show. Once accepted, you will be asked to provide us with more detailed information about your exhibit and submit your payment (if applicable). Once we receive your registration form and payment you will receive links to your 2016 Maker Information Package and other information. Once accepted, begin to plan for your participation. We will send regular Maker Newsletter updates containing, among other things, hints of how to make your booth awesome.

Workshops for Adults and Kids at Magic Trout Imaginarium

Zee's Tiny Community Center
Zee’s Tiny Community Center

Since the first Maker Faire, 6 years ago,  Zee Kesler has been the force behind Young Makers programs and workshops as well as the co-founder of the Maker Ed meetup (along with Emily Smith). At the first Maker Faire, Zee hosted a booth teaching kids how to make wind sculptures out of recycled plastic containers. Other projects of Zee’s you might recognize from our events are GIANT CRAYONS and coloring sheets, a REAL LIFE Angry Birds game with a giant slingshot, a mobile hackspace called the Maker Mobile and more recently, The Magic Trout Imaginarium (formally known as the Tiny Community Centre) a mobile classroom in a tiny house!

This fall, the Magic Trout Imaginarium is offering a wide selection of workshops on Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons for kids and kid-like adults. Come join the fun! REGISTER HERE



Call For Board Members

Join us in growing a strong and vibrant community of makers in the Greater Vancouver Area!


Vancouver Maker Foundation is currently accepting applications for our 2015/2016 Board of Directors! If you’re excited about the growing Maker movement, love innovation and experimentation, are passionate about hands-on learning, and want to create and foster connections in the vibrant Vancouver Maker community, then we’d love to hear from you. The Foundation welcomes applicants from all fields of study and walks of life, whether or not they self-identify as Makers. For a current list of Board openings and Board role expectations, please click here. To apply, fill in our Volunteer Application Form.




If you’d like to be involved with the Vancouver Maker Foundation but don’t want to join the board, don’t worry -there are other ways you can participate! There’s always room for more participants in our Maker Education and Young Maker programs, and we’re always looking for people who’d like to volunteer at special events like Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. Please fill in our form, and we’ll be in touch!

Check out the Mini Maker Faire 2016 Silent Auction!

We have some very talented and generous Makers! The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in association with the Vancouver Maker Foundation is hosting our annual silent auction this year to raise funds for the Faire and for The Vancouver Maker Foundation, the umbrella organization that puts on the Faire every year, and our Makers and Exhibitors have donated outstanding items for our attendees to bid on all weekend.

Just a sneak peek of some of the items up for Auction:


The Hive Printing, an artisan screen printing company specializing in traditional textiles & dxtraordinary projects has donated Vancouver-Inspired hand printed shirts made right here in East Van!

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If you love a good brew and prefer to make things at home, Brew and Beast, has donated DIY home-brew kit and how to cure your own bacon. Instructions included in the kit of course! Stop by their booth to for more details on brewing your own beer.


Rocket Man Props has created a Gamers dream for an all night gaming session! A set of 5 Settlers of Catan themed coasters, laser cut on plywood and detailed with exotic wood veneers. Get your game on!


Phillip Chin, a visual artist and photographer who works with clients all over Canada, has donated a TinType photoshoot at the Maker Faire or at a later date!

This is only a sampling of the items we will have at the silent auction this year! Make sure you stop by the table to check out the other auction items, and say hello to the members of the Vancouver Maker Foundation. Proceeds from the silent auction are used to fuel Vancouver Maker Foundation events and initiatives which has brought together a broad range of Vancouver artists, hobbyists, creatives, collectives, and small businesses through projects like Maker Music, the Young Makers Program, the Vancouver Maker Education Meet-up Group. Their driving purpose is to continue to connect like-minded tinkerers in order to cross-pollinate ideas, share resources, and inspire one another in exploring passion projects, hobbies, businesses, or achieving a unique feats of wonder.

CycleHack Vancouver Partnership

We are excited to be supporting @CycleHack Vancouver again this June who are taking a DIY approach to reduce barriers to cycling in Vancouver! Learn more over some beers and barrier cards at the CycleHack Vancouver pre-event social on Wednesday May 25.
Sign up for the pre-event social here: Facebook
CycleHack is a global movement that is tooling up citizens to take a proactive DIY approach to reducing the barriers to cycling.
Vancouver is one of 30+ cities around the world hosting a CycleHack event on June 24th – 26th at the HiVE. Hear from an exciting range of speakers, prototype ideas, and design new ways to improve the experience of cycling for all types of road users here in Vancouver and around the world — all within 48 hours!
Learn more! Like CH on Facebook: CycleHack Vancouver and follow  on Twitter: @cyclehackvan      http://cyclehackvan.tumblr.com/

Call For Makers deadline for the 2016 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is coming up fast!



A quick reminder that the Call For Makers deadline for the 2016 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is coming up fast! Applications are due by midnight on March 15th, 2016.

VMMF welcomes Makers from across a broad range of disciplines, including textile arts, roboticists, 3D Printing enthusiasts, glass artists, metal workers, painters, inventors, costumers, and more for two days of exhibiting projects, building community, and sharing knowledge and inspiration.
Interested in participating, but don’t want to commit to exhibiting for two days? Applications for Presentations, Workshop Leaders, and Performers are also open right now! All the information and links you need can be found here. The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire also has tons of volunteering and sponsorship opportunities.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send an email. They’d love to hear from you!

Call for Sponsors: Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2016


Want to get involved with something really cool? Sponsor the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, a festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement!


We’re entering our sixth year, and the 2016 show is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever! Our production team is hard at work putting together a slew of new activities and exhibits for the fair, and we’re really excited about what’s coming down the pipe. We couldn’t have made it this far without the generous support of our sponsors over the last five years, though -sponsor support is invaluable to our organization!


The growth planned for the 2016 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire means lots of opportunities for new partnerships with businesses that are looking for creative and exciting ways to get involved with Vancouver’s Maker community. Our event hosts more than 125 artists, artists, tinkerers, performers, inventors, crafters, and other Makers, and in 2015 had an attendance of more than 3500 spectators. VMMF is a great way to strengthen your brand and engage with thousands of creative and open-minded individuals. We’ve got a range of sponsorship levels available, and are happy to tailor something to meet your organization’s needs.

Check out our sponsorship package for more detailed information:

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If your organization would like to participate in this year’s event as a sponsor, we have a number of sponsorship opportunities available. Please get in touch with us for more information at sponsorship@makerfaire.ca or skip ahead and go right to our sponsorship form here. We’d love to hear from you!

Check out this video about why sponsors value being part of Maker Faire:

Maker Ed Meetup Summer 2015: Inspiring & Creating Curiosity

On June 20th the Vancouver Public Library (VPL), hosted the Summer Edition of Maker Education Salon.  A great roster of speakers and engaging networking held the majority of the day, as well the group was offered a tour of the recently opened VPL Inspiration Lab.

Hot on the topics list for the day included info on:

Curiosity Collider:  A local arts and science group are shifting the dogma of life-long learning to to ‘daily learning’. Collider was developed to create more touch points between science in daily living.  They held their own Curiosity Collider Meet & Greet event on August 19th.  Watch for more great events and idea fostering via curiosity collider.org.

Fraser Valley Makerspace (FVM): Jason Griijzen spoke about what is available at the workspace:  3D printing, soldering equipment, a mill, etching tank, and many more great tools available! FVM is making many great things happen with edtech and trades too. Working earnestly with Gearbots they bring after school makerspace options to lots of young makers in their area.  Follow @GearbotsBC for more info. No entrance fees for FVM, but they are always open to donations. Find out more at: http://fvmakers.com/membership/

Richmond Public Library:  Cindy Ho spoke about her community and how her Public Library is developing Maker Culture in Richmond. Richmond is characterized by many young families and older adults who are relying on the library for access. Their goal in their maker work is to ensure every child has an opportunity to create; kids want a space to design together and the library is there for them.

There is a community Call for Makers and Experts from Richmond — spread the word.  If makers can get in touch with the Library their doors are wide open for knowledge exchange.

Special thanks goes to:
Dethe Elza: @dethe — Maker Education rep for the Vancouver Maker Foundation who talks to Salon attendees about how VMF’s Maker Ed principles work. We act as a community centre of organizers, parents, kids, makers and educators who want to talk Maker Education.  Maker Ed is out there to keep momentum going and help new maker initiatives.
@marshmallowCoding for telling us about the work they’re up to!
Vancouver Community College: @vcc for sending staff from that great institution

An extra special thanks to our host Samantha Mills, Vancouver Public Library, who takes a lot of time to make, making better in Vancouver. The Inspire Lab tour was truly inspiring!


Makers make happier communities – from the CIFAR Change Makers Symposium

What makes a happy community?

On April 21, 2015, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) hosted a CIFAR Change Makers Symposium on ideas around happier communities. Some eminent speakers enlightened the crowd about social policy perspectives on happiness and MOV shared its space for some joyous networking and charming sneak peeks of the new exhibit, The Happy Show. Here are some of the delightful highlights of the event:

14225114797_6fcea06e64_z (1)Meik Wiking, CEO from the Happiness Research Institute, Denmark, shared how having a space to “make” in the community is vital to happiness. Whether it be building in a community garden, visiting a community centre or fostering a neighbourhood celebration day, Meik reminded us being public and purposeful is an inordinate source of happiness. 

Grant Schellenberg from Statistics Canada brought along data on life satisfaction across Canadian Communities that had participants ruminate on what might negatively affect a citizen’s happiness. The data provided some key indicators of “happiness at risk” –  stress, lack of control, lack of purpose and social isolation. So, can joy even be accessible on a daily basis? Grant showed us that, yes, happiness is accessible daily! Because as a community we are happier and “to make” is good for you!

Senior CIFAR Fellow and UBC Professor, John Helliwell, led Change Makers in a round of  “if you’re happy and you KNOW it,” to remind us of important routes to happiness: 1) Put your hands together and ACT, 2) be happy, and 3) know it. John shared the true secret to happiness: Take collaboration + generosity + trust and citizens can feel a strong sense of a happy life.

As VMF moves forth into our 5th year of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on June 6-7, 2015, we do so with happiness of the FAIRE in mind. We thank the amazing individuals who exhibit, perform, speak at and produce the two-day extravaganza for being exemplar community happiness makers. We think everyone is entitled to this sort of event experience!

Don't be a grumpy cat. Join us at our annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, or participate in various events such as the Maker Education Salon.
Don’t be a grumpy cat — come to the 2015 FAIRE. We think you’ll be happier for it.

We, at the Vancouver Maker Foundation. would like to thank our great friend, the Museum of Vancouver, for inviting us to join the Change Makers Symposium. As a network supporting artists, hackers, innovators and educators, busily working away, we feel we are on track for making Vancouver happier! What a great dialogue the Museum of Vancouver offers groups and individual around Vancouver. We appreciate it.


All photos by Theresa Liao. Blog post by Maryann Kempthorne and Theresa Liao.