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Mini Maker Faire: 29 July 2017 – Apply to be a Maker

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. The Institute of Imagination has run Mini Maker Faires in London for the last two years, providing activities that allow children to make with their hands or through tools and technologies that they may not have access to.

The Institute of Imagination is delighted to announce its third annual Mini Maker taking place on London’s Albert Embankment. Maker Faire showcases the diverse and amazing work of a global making community working across disciplines in participatory and interactive ways. Our Mini Maker Faire focuses on children and their families and we are now calling for Makers to join us on 29 July 2017.

To be a part of Mini Maker Faire, select a category below and complete an application form.

  • Maker Exhibit: display project that inspires participants to make by getting involved in an interactive workshop.
  • Performance: a scheduled performance to showcase.
  • Presentation: a short scheduled interactive presentation (15mins).
  • Sponsorship: corporate entities and companies.

Please note that our call for Makers closes on Friday 7 July at 5pm GMT. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

iOi Mini Maker Faire 2016 – See our photo gallery here

Virtual reality – robotics – animation – crafting – coding – 3D printing

In June 2016, iOi held their second annual Mini Maker Faire on London’s Southbank providing opportunities for children and their families to explore, imagine and create with us and our 25 Makers partners. London’s only Maker Faire in 2016, our two-day celebration of invention and innovation saw over 1000 participants attend. In addition, we worked with primary schools in the week leading up to Maker Faire alongside our educational partner Blippar to provide a unique workshop that built an urban jungle with Blippable children’s stories coded into their work. You can read more about the programme here.

Our Mini Maker Faire brought together makers of all kinds, keen to collaborate and explore the latest ideas with curious young minds. Hands-on and brains-on, the Faire enabled children to discover new skills and explore new worlds of making with crafters, tech enthusiasts, engineers, artists, scientists and exhibitors. Not just for children, we also encouraged grown-ups to rediscover their imaginations, and share the exciting possibilities of modern making and creating with their children.

A huge thank you to all our brilliant Makers who helped us create a truly imaginative event.

Mini Maker Faire 2015

Check out the video of our first Mini Maker Faire to see what to expect!

What did people say about the event?

“Fantastic way for kids to explore their abilities and inherent talent”

“Fantastic event, lots of fun. Would love to come again”

“Fair to say that we enjoyed every single minute!”