Call to Makers for the 5th Annual Houston Maker Faire 2017

The Call For Makers is now open for the 5th annual Houston Maker Faire! Number 5 is going to be bigger than ever for us as we return to the George R Brown Convention Center and fill the Hall  with incredible innovation and creativity. Remember, space is limited so you have to apply as soon as possible to ensure that you get your spot at the greatest show (& tell) on earth! Remember, this is Maker Faire, so “hands-on” exhibits are given priority. We want kids and adults alike to be able to touch and feel things, make things, and learn!

There are several main types of applicants for Maker Faire. You can apply as a Maker Exhibit, a Performance, a Presentation, or as a Startup. Each has their own criteria for acceptance which you can read about more while filling out the forms. Be sure to have a nice picture (that you have the rights to share) as well as a bio ready to give us. This information will be on display on our site and at the event.

Here are just a few of the topics we’d like to see applying:

  • Early Stage Start ups
  • Student projects
  • Robotics
  • Homegrown Drones
  • Arduino projects
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Virtual Reality
  • Space projects
  • Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
  • Conductive materials projects
  • Kit makers
  • Interactive art projects
  • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • E-Textiles
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainability & Green Tech
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
  • Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
  • Bicycles
  • Large-scale Art
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Music Performances and Participation
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Of course, there are also other ways to participate in Maker Faire.  Volunteer helpers, Community Organizers, Event Marketing, etc.  To learn more about any of these, please contact us at Inquiries

We have also created some events that if you are unsure what a maker is and would like to talk directly with us, you can attend one of our Makerspace Crawl Events, as well as our Call to Maker Information Sessions.  See our calendar of events for the most up to date details.  Innovation Spark Events

Houston Makerspace Crawl 2017

Innovation spark is proud to announce the 2017 Houston Makerspace Crawl. The event was conceived by the makerspaces during the Comicpalooza event and based on the excitement we have initiated our first set of annual events. The event will occur over the summer and will be open house events for Makers and the General Public to come learn about a makerspace.

As we get closer to each event, we will be posting a more detailed schedule of the event. Please watch our social media posts Facebook, Twitter and our websites for updated details.

Sat Jul 15 5:30pm – 9:00pm Makerspace Crawl – Creator Space – Creator Space 144 Park Ave Suite 120, League City, TX 77573 This event has notifications.

5:30-6:00      Guests arrive and receive tour and introductions.

6:00-7:00      Makerfaire Presentation by David Brunet (Innovation Spark Representative)

7:00-7:15      Creator Space mission and goals

7:15-8:00      Molecular Gastronomy Mixer – or Maker Space Choice of activities.

8:00-9:00      Various Creator Space project demonstrations

Sat Jul 22 6:00pm – 9:00pm Makerspace Crawl – Makerbarn – The MakerBarn, 9522 Carraway Ln, Magnolia, TX 77354, USA This event has notifications.
Sat Aug 5 6:00pm – 9:00pm Makerspace Crawl – DaVinci Maker Labs – DaVinci Maker Labs, 100 N Gordon St, Alvin, TX 77511, USA This event has notifications.
Sat Aug 12 6:00pm – 9:00pm Makerspace Crawl – TXRX Labs – TXRX Labs, 205 Roberts St, Houston, TX 77003, USA This event has notifications.
Sat Aug 19 6:00pm – 9:00pm Makerspace Crawl – MakrU – MakrU This event has notifications.

 

2017 Comicpalooza Registration is Live

Innovation Spark is proud to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Comicpalooza Maker Space at the George R Brown Convention Center – May 12th to 14th, 2017.

The time is now for you to start preparing for this event and we are looking to get everyone signed up as early as possible this year. To facilitate the process, we have created a new process for purchasing your space. Please follow the below link to purchase your maker space at Comicpalooza for 2017.  

Please purchase your space below:

https://innovation-spark-inc.myshopify.com/

The Comicpalooza event has a registration deadline of April 15, 2017, register early for the event, as we have limited space, and all spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.  This event being a Comic conference, we would love to see more interesting themes from the makers that fit in with the culture and nature of the event. The registration will be a 2 part process, the first will be to purchase your space on our shopify site, this will reserve a spot for you at the event.  The second part will require us to contact you and gather all the relevant information about you and your space requirements. 

Please note the following for each space, there will be a $300 fee for new Exhibitors that were not at the 2016 Comicpalooza event.  If you participated in the 2016 Event, the fee will be $100.00.   After you register, we will provide you with a registration code to sell Comicpalooza tickets via your marketing channels. If an exhibitor sells 6 Comicpalooza tickets using their code, we will refund the fee that was paid.

Each 10×10 booth slot will come with the following:

  • 1 – 8’ Table Draped
  • 3’ Pipe and Drape exterior
  • 2 Chairs
  • 2 – 3 Day Exhibitor Passes
  • A Single Outlet
  • Discounts on Additional Exhibitor Passes

Exhibitor’s are responsible for all power connections (Extension Cords, etc)

Internet is not included and can be purchased for an additional per device fee during the event.

Exhibitors can submit for Panels / Workshops at no additional fee. All will be reviewed and approved prior to the event. No guarantee of space. All submissions must be submitted by April 1, 2017.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email us at: comicpalooza@innovation-spark.org

Houston Maker Faire – Call to Makers

makers-apply-hereWho has the most fun at Houston Mini Maker Faire? Our Makers and exhibitors, of course! If you want to connect with the energy and inspiration of Maker Faire, while at the same time doing something very important for the future of the Houston metro area, come join us as an exhibitor at Houston Mini Maker Faire. Click here for more information about what’s involved and how to sign up. We will schedule in-person and video-chat info sessions all around Houston to be sure you’re fully prepared for this amazing experience, and you can always ask questions. Let us help you make it happen! We recommend you sign up as early as possible to take advantage of our new program through which you can cover your expenses through advance ticket sales.

This year we take another leap forward for Houston as we grow to a 2-day event (11/12-13/2016) and increase our exhibit area at the George R. Brown Convention Center by 50%. Our plan is to grow this to be a leading event for Houston, Texas, the US and the world — but we will always value and support our individual exhibitors and small teams. Come help us build this amazing story together!

We’re Maker Faire so we love to show all things creative, informative, inventive and innovative! We will accept any exhibit within Maker Faire guidelines (not sure? — just ask), but here are some special focus areas for 2016 — if you can help us show and share exhibits in these areas, please let us know:

  • Cool Tech: we plan to showcase a broad high-impact array of tech the Maker Movement is using and creating. The very latest tech tools and toys like: VR, AR, Internet of Things, drones (UAVs), aerospace, gaming, big data, AI, robotics, etc. Kickstarters, startups and inventions belong here too.
  • Living: medical technology, sustainability, food sourcing innovation, hydroponics, aquaponics, bio science, DIY bio, tiny homes, alternative housing, green homes, custom CNC home accessories, etc.
  • Cause Champions: do you have a nonprofit cause that needs help in innovation or technology to make a breakthrough? We invite you to exhibit so you can get Makers and attendees involved and see how “Houston Makes A Difference”!

Again, we welcome all creative and inventive people as fellow Makers and want you to join us for this important event. Click here for full information about exhibiting at our event and to get to the registration system (you must register to exhibit at Houston Mini Maker Faire). We will get back to you promptly to finalize arrangements.

Comicpalooza Maker Spaces Now Open for Registration.

Makers, it is with great pride that Innovation Spark Announces that registration is now open for the 2016 Comicpalooza Maker Space at the George R Brown Convention Center – June 17th to 19th, 2016.

The time is now for you to start preparing for this event and we are looking to get everyone signed up as early as possible this year. To facilitate the process, we have created a registration page on our website to allow you to submit the details of your spot.

The Comicpalooza event has a registration deadline of May 1, 2016, register early for the event, as we have limited space, and all spaces will be allocated on the basis of timeliness and type of display proposed.  This event being a Comic conference, we would love to see some interesting themes from the makers that fit in with the culture and nature of the event. The registration will be a 2 part process, the first will be to register on the Innovation Spark site, this will reserve a spot for you at the event and to provide us with the information about your display, and any special requirements you may need for your space.  The second part is to register on the Comicpalooza  website, for this, we will send you details on how to register as well as a Registration Code to use during the process.  

To be able to register, you will first have to signup for an account on the site, you will then receive an email with your login information, which will allow you to book your booth.

Fill in the relevant information. It is important to note that for each space, there will be a $100 fee for new Exhibitors that were not at the 2015 Comicpalooza event.  If you participated in the 2015 Event, this fee will be waived. To get your promotion code, please register on the Innovation Spark site and we will provide you with the appropriate promotion code, once your exhibit is approved.

Each 10×10 booth slot will come with the following:

1 – 8’ Table Draped

3’ Pipe and Drape exterior

2 Chairs

2 – 3 Day Event Passes

A Single Outlet

Exhibitor’s are responsible for all power connections (Extension Cords, etc)

No Internet Included, this can be purchased for an additional per device fee from Smart City Internet during the event.

Exhibitors can submit for Panels / Workshops at no additional fee. All will be reviewed and approved prior to the event. No guarantee of space. These must be submitted by April 25, 2016.

Additional passes can be purchased at the exhibitor discounted rate of $30.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email us at the following address:

comicpalooza@innovation-spark.org

 

Welcome to Innovation Spark

Welcome to Innovation Spark, we are currently hard at work organizing the maker space for Comicpalooza.  If you are interested in helping or would like to sponsor the event, please contact us at the email below.

To contact use, please email us at:

comicpalooza@innovation-spark.org