Gulf Coast MakerCon

In 2018, Gulf Coast MakerCon became Gulf Coast Maker & ComicCon, as our annual celebration of local manufacturing, industry and innovation joined forces with the Innovation Lab and St. Petersburg College-Seminole Campus’ Pinellas Comic & MakerCon!  Our new combined event was broader and deeper, providing an opportunity for everyone to join together to share resources, learn a craft, hone their skills, find career and academic opportunities, try new tools and innovations.

In 2019, Gulf Coast MakerCon may take another hiatus or scale back for a season, as we build out the Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center Fab Lab at University Mall, where we’ll likely hold our next event. Stay tuned, and sign up at our early interest form to be first in line for updates!

Register at our early interest sign up to be first in line for 2019 event updates!

As an independent maker festival, we can talk about and showcase all kinds of products by IMG_4945all kinds of companies, small businesses and individuals, honestly assess things on their own merits, and freely celebrate in the truest DIY spirit of independent, self-reliant, unfettered creativity and fun!

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All exhibitors must fit our celebratory spirit of innovation and inventiveness, and provide interesting, interactive, and engaging experiences and innovative wares.  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:


  • Music Performance
  • Photography
  • 3D Printers and CNC Mill
  • Textile crafts
  • Student Projects
  • Arts of all kinds
  • Crafts of all kinds
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Radio Controlled Models
  • Woodworking and Woodcraft
  • Metalworking
  • Jewelry Makers
  • Sustainability
  • Green Tech
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric Vehicles of all kinds
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Food and Beverage Makers
  • Robotics
  • Puppets
  • Drones, Multirotors, Kites, and RC Aircraft
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)
  • The list of creative wonders can go on and on and on.   Join us!


 IMG_4973 Volunteers giving at least 4 hours of service  receive an event t-shirt.  Those volunteering all day also receive lunch!  Visit our Volunteer Page for more information and to sign up.



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 $500 and up. Visit our Sponsor Page for details.

Please visit our Contact page if you have questions. Thanks!



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