Gulf Coast MakerCon is held each spring, in Tampa Bay, Florida.
We hosted Tampa Bay’s first maker festival in 2012. With the success of the 2nd annual event in March 2013, and the development of the Community Innovation Center, and a number of other makerspaces and hackerspaces underway in Tampa Bay, a bigger community celebration was clearly in order. So in October 2013, we announced MakerCon,a two day innovators festival with an emphasis on technical, creative and professional exhibits, workshops and sessions covering everything from patent development and the inventive process, to 3D printing, programming, mechanical and electrical design, green tech and open source technologies
Gulf Coast MakerCon provides added value for adult attendees, with a special Young Makers section for kids and families. We enjoyed a wide variety of creative and interactive vendors, exhibitors, and entertainment that includes everything from robotics and metalsmithing, to recycled instruments, ham radio, automotive tech, gaming, inventions, innovations, future tech and much more.
Ways to Participate
It’s free for demo and educational exhibit, or to showcase skills and talents, and just $75 for the weekend if you want to sell your wares. The application deadline to participate as a maker has passed, but exhibitors of both educational and commercial natures fit our celebratory spirit of innovation and inventiveness, and provide interesting, interactive, and engaging experiences and innovative wares. The whole idea of Gulf Coast MakerCon is to help educate, inspire and motivate event goers to become active and empowered makers in their own lives.
Individuals as well as groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools are welcome to apply to exhibit. Here’s some of what we look for each year:
- Student Projects
- Music Performance and Participation
- 3D Printers and CNC Mill
- Textile Arts and Crafts
- Home Energy Monitoring
- RC Toys
- Green Tech
- Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
- Electric Vehicles
- Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
- Food and Beverage Makers
- Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
- Unusual Tools or Machines
- How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)
- Sometime in the fall, we’ll announce details for our spring event, so check back towards the end of the year for the latest information about attending!
Interested in Volunteering at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015? Volunteers giving at least 4 hours of service each day receive an event t-shirt, two extra tickets and the knowledge that they helped Make an awesome event! Click the button to get on our list for next year!
Be a Sponsor!
Gulf Coast MakerCon provides a powerful and meaningful way to connect with hundreds of curious, creative and innovative individuals who are looking for exciting and interesting products, services, ideas and opportunities. Sponsors can leverage the energy and interconnectedness of our active onsite and social networking audiences and engage this energetic audience with their businesses and services. A wide range of sponsorship packages is available, and we are happy to tailor something special to meet your needs. Sponsor recognition is available for donors of $200 and up.
Questions or comments about Gulf Coast MakerCon? Drop us a line via our online contact form. Thanks!