Gulf Coast MakerCon Early Bird Tickets Now Available

what do you makeWe’re pleased to announce that Early Bird ticketing is now open for Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015!

  • Early Bird Specials run through midnight March 31: $8 per person, ages 13 and up. $25 for a Family/Friend 4-pack (Early Bird special only!). Tickets for children ages 6-12 are $5.
  • Advanced tickets run April 1-April 17: $10 per person, ages 13 and up. $8 for children ages 6-12 .
  • Prices at the door, the day of the event: $12 per person, ages 13 and up. $10 for children ages 6-12.


Satellite Event LogoGulf Coast MakerCon 2015 is a USA Science & Engineering Festival Satellite Event, and a National Robotics Week event, and will feature National Robotics League NRW-logo-rgbFighting Robot Competitions in multiple weight classes, a ComicCon and Tabletop Gaming area, Young Makers section, Rapid Prototyping, Heritage Crafts, Inventors Showcase, Makerspace Corner, Innovative Arts, Ham Radio and much more!

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Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015 Makers Application Now Open!

baitdipperMake stuff? Love sharing what you make? Love selling what you make? Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015 is the place to do both!

Our Makers Application is now open, and we invite you to share what you make at our April 18th event at the Florida Fairgrounds!

Proposals must fit the goal of Gulf Coast MakerCon to bring together science, art, craft, engineering, and music in an exciting and interactive public event.  All makers, commercial and demo, are required to complete a Gulf Coast MakerCon release form, which will be sent separately.

If you are selling products, it’s just $50. If you’re not selling anything, it’s free! (Although there may be a $50 refundable deposit required to ensure participation – no shows are no fun!) We’re aiming for 80-100 Maker booths for our 2015 event,  in indoor and outdoor spaces.  Spots will be filled on a first come, first qualified basis.

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Click the button to go to our Makers Application!

Application deadline is  March 21, 2015 – deadlines are always closer than they appear, so apply to share your maker awesomeness soon!

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Happy Holidays from Gulf Coast Makers!

GCMC 2014 Holiday greeting

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A Makers Thanksgiving


Artist: Isaac Zenz, 2011 – used by permission

Hope you’re off to a lovely holiday season – a perfect time to be a maker, with opportunities to make everything from food to gifts, as well plans for the new year. We hope one of those plans you make will be to be part of Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015, on April 18, 2015 at the Florida Fairgrounds.

We’ve already got the ball rolling,  with the venue reserved, some great new partners and some awesome new ideas for our 2015 event.  Sure, the event isn’t until April, but a lot goes into making a great maker event so the earlier we start, the better.

To that end, the website has gotten a complete makeover, with updated info for

Our goal is to host 80-100 makers, with expanded outdoor exhibits, a large scale fighting robots competition and a Steampunk Ball after party for makers and guests!

Big plans but we think well within reach with our great collaborative partners. But it’s not worth doing without YOU, so we hope you’ll help us start building the momentum, sending us your ideas, contributing some guest blog posts and sending some sponsors our way.

save the dateHillsborough County has already given us their vote of confidence with an EDI2 grant for our 2015 event.  A title sponsor would enable us to have our own Newspaper in Education (NIE) issue, reaching high schools throughout the Tampa Bay area and bringing Maker Education to youth across the Gulf Coast.

The more sponsors we have, the less we need to charge for admission or to commercial makers. Our Makers Gracegoal is to keep admission costs to $10 or less, and vendor costs at $50 or less.

Our Call for Makers will go live near the end of December or early January, so keep your eye on this website and our social media for updates.  And our Call for Volunteers is open now!

So, eat hearty this week, ye Maker Friends, be grateful for abundant opportunities for invention and creativity, and get ready: Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015 is coming!


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Celebrate Andrew Carnegie’s Birthday at the Hive Makerspace

centennial flyerGulf Coast Makers are invited to join in the Andrew Carnegie Birthday Party & STEAM Fair at The Hive Centennial Celebration Open House at John F. Germany Library, at 900 Ashley Drive in Tampa, on Saturday, November 15th, from 1pm to 4pm.

Located on the 3rd floor of the John F. Germany Library, the Hive is a 10,000 sq. ft. public makerspace with mechanical and electrical workshops, 3D printers, a robotics center, arts center, recording studio and media center, an interactive Media:scape and over 1500 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space.

The Centennial Celebration is free and open to the public and event guests will be Hive mapable to check out 3-D printing, robotics, Arduinos, enjoy a green screen photo booth & more at the Hive throughout the day. Starting at 1pm, in the main library, there will be welcoming remarks by “Andrew Carnegie”, Digital Download Demo, Kotler Gallery Exhibit & Artist Talk, Digital Archive Demonstration, Mad Science, and Birthday cake for all.

During the Open House, the Eureka Factory will be working on The Deconstruction, a 48 hour creative competition that challenges participants to rethink the world around them by creating something new from existing objects, genres, and ideas. The goal of the Deconstruction is “to make the world a slightly awesomer-er place,” which the Eureka Factory believes is exactly what the Hive can do, a fitting crowning achievement for the library’s centennial.

Local FIRST robotics teams will be on hand throughout the afternoon, exhibiting their robots,  Code for Tampa Bay and other great Gulf Coast Makers!

Visit the library’s Centennial Celebration page or click on the program at top left for full event details.

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Gulf Coast Makers Making a Mark

save the dateGulf Coast Makers were in abundance at the recent Maker Faire Orlando September 13 & 14. In addition to the ones captured in photos here – FreeFab 3D, Tampa Hackerspace, Eureka! Factory, Gabotronics, Nepchune’s Noise Circus, Tampa Bay Inventors Council, In10Did and Pedicure Pedestal - Johnson Arms was on hand and no doubt several other locals.

Now we’re getting ready to do our own big thing here in the spring, with planning well underway for Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015!  Save the date: April 18th, 2015, again at the Florida Fairgrounds in the Special Events Center West.

We’ve got some awesome fun on tap, including plans for the first ever Gulf Coast MakerCon Steampunk Ball!

If you don’t want to miss any of the action, or the opportunity to be first in line when our Call for Makers opens, be sure to sign up here.

We also welcome guest blogs, and news, photos and updates about local Makers, upcoming events, and more.  We’ve got a great Gulf Coast Makers community and invite you to be an active part of it!

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Thank You, Hillsborough County!

Hillsborough-County It with great gratitude that we recognize Hillsborough County for their generous support of  Gulf Coast MakerCon 2015, through robot battlesan EDI2 Economic Development grant.

Hillsborough County recognizes direct added value to our community of supporting and celebrating our vital maker community with Gulf Coast MakerCon, our annual celebration of the DIY Inventive Spirit, showcasing Makers, Shakers and Innovators across Tampa Bay.

Thank you, Hillsborough County, for supporting  the creative entrepreneurial community in Tampa, and helping us bring more science, tech, and business development learning and doing opportunities to people of all ages!

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