Gulf Coast MakerCon

IMG_4945Gulf Coast MakerCon is Tampa Bay’s biggest Maker festival, celebrating the DIY Inventive Spirit since 2012!

As an independent maker festival, we can talk about and showcase all kinds of products by all 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!

Our 2016 event was held April 9 at the Special Events Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds and was our biggest ever, featuring nearly 100 groups IMG_5009– over 400 exhibitors! – sharing what they Make, including an Inventors & Entrepreneurs Showcase, Makers Market , Young Makers , Entertainment, Workshops & Demos, 2nd Annual Southeast Combat Robotics Championship, 2nd Annual Electrathon Car Race, our popular  Deconstruction Zone hosted by e-Smart Recylcing, Cosplay, Costume Contest “Plank Walk”, Laser Tag, Drones & Transportation, Gaming Expo hosted by Armada Games,  Heritage Makers, Makerspaces, Mechatronics & Robotics, and much more!

Look for news about our 2017 event later this year!

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Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016  was a recognized Satellite Event of theUSA Engineering Festival, and a National Robotics Week event.


IMG_5051Our 2017 Exhibitors registration will open again at the end of 2016. Think you might want to exhibit or sell your creations? Let us know and we’ll let you know as soon as the 2017 event booth registration opens!

You can see the full list of 2016 exhibitors on our Makers page.

All exhibitors  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
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Food and Beverage Makers
  • Robotics
  • Puppets
  • Kites and RC Aircraft
  • Bicycles
  • 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!


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Interested in Volunteering at Gulf Coast MakerCon 2017? IMG_4973 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!


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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 andGCMC Sponsor button 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. Visit our Sponsor Page for details.

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