Gulf Coast MakerCon: What’s New for 2016

5th annual signGulf Coast MakerCon planning is well underway for our 2016 event on April 9th at the Florida State Fairgrounds.  Now in our 3rd year as Gulf Coast MakerCon, and our 5th as Tampa Bay’s oldest Maker festival, we’ve been learning as we grow and have some exciting plans for Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016!

We listened to everyone’s great feedback after our 2015 event – our biggest ever with nearlyIMG_20150418_130716937 100 exhibitors, comprising more than 300 technologists, artists, crafters, mechanical and electrical wizards, costumers and prop makers, roboticists, musical artists, inventors, coders and gamers – and here’s what’s new for 2016:

  • 40,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space at the Special Events Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
  • Dedicated Makers Market vendor hall
  • Expanded Inventors & Entrepreneurs Showcase
  • Young Makers Village
  • Sustainable Living Center
  • Separate Entertainment, Workshops & Demos areas


  • 2nd Annual Southeast Combat Robotics Championship with earlier inspections for improved match schedules and faster turn arounds
  • 2nd Annual Electrathon Race at Gulf Coast MakerCon
  • Our popular Deconstruction Zone, in  our new Young Makers Village
  • electrathon racersMaker Zones for:
    • Artisanal Handcrafts
    • 3D Printing & Prototyping
    • Cosplay & Comics
    • Drones & Transportation
    • Gaming 
    • Heritage Makers
    • Makerspaces
    • Mechatronics & Robotics
    • Media Displays

If you want to be part of Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016 – and we hope you do! – tell us now by registering via our Early Interest Form, so you can be the first to know about discounted vendor registration, sponsorship opportunities, hotel specials, and Early Bird ticket availability!


Register Now for Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016!

twitterAnd keep on eye on our social media for news and information leading up facebookto our springtime Celebration of the DIY Inventive Spirit!

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