Maker Faire Atlanta 2017 – Partnership Opportunities

Please mark your calendar! Maker Faire Atlanta 2017 will take place on October 22 (Sunday) at The Historic Georgia Freight Depot and Steve Polk Plaza in downtown Atlanta.

If you are interested in sponsoring or partnering with us, please review our package below:

Maker Faire Atlanta Partner Deck 2107

Please contact Milton Walker if you’d like more information on sponsorship/partnership opportunities.

Please stay tuned for further updates @

Community Director / Maker Faire Producer

Southeast Makers Alliance is looking to hire a Community Director / Maker Faire Producer. This is a temporary, part-time role in which the successful candidate should be passionate about “making”, have a deep understanding of the “maker community” and meet the subsequent description. Please see the following link for more job details. If this is something you may be interested in, please provide your information via the form below. Thank you for your consideration.

Please submit information to this Google Form.

If you have any problems with the form, please send and email to:


Southeast Makers Alliance Ambassadors

Join us in expanding the benefits of being a Maker in the Southeast. If you help manage a Maker Space, or teach in some capacity within the field of Making, or perhaps have an entrepreneurial endeavor that supports the business of making, WE WANT YOU! We are looking for 3 – 5 people per state to serve as “ambassadors” for a few hours a month. Responsibilities include one (1) monthly conference call, correspond with “makers” around your state on behalf of SMA, attendance at SMA Summit and/or Maker Faire Atlanta (October 2017)

Collectively, more state representatives will get access to funding from sponsors, possible travel stipend for attending SMA activities, educational opportunities, bigger regional marketing efforts for all Maker Faire and Mini-Maker Fairies, and a cool sticker!

SMA Ambassador Application Form

Announcing the Southeast Maker Innovation Showcase – Call for Innovators

Makers are transforming our communities through community engagement, education initiatives, and a profound spirit of entrepreneurship. The Southeast Maker Alliance is organizing a Southeast Maker Innovation Showcase to focus on and celebrate maker entrepreneurs and the makerspaces that support them. This is an open call for Maker Startups that identify as being part of the Southeast.

We will accept 10 finalists who will present at the Southeast Maker Summit on Sunday October 22 in front of a distinguished panel of makers, investors, and economic developers to vie for cash and prizes. Finalists will also exhibit at Maker Faire Atlanta, one of the largest Maker Faires in the country, as part of the Southeast Maker Innovation Showcase area at no charge, where they can share what they make with over 10,000 visitors.

Eligibility Requirements:

Entrants must be a member of a makerspace. If no makerspace is present within 30 miles of place of residence entrants may join Southeast Maker Alliance in lieu of a local makerspace to meet eligibility requirement.

Innovations submitted must involve the manufacture of a physical product. Service and software related innovations are not eligible unless they include a physical product.

Innovations submitted must present a novel or unique solution to a demonstrable market problem.
Products may be in development or commercial available, however products made commercially available prior to October 22, 2014 are not eligible.

Submission can be made as individuals or as a company. If your innovation is developed by a team of people that is not incorporated, one person should represent the team when completing the submission questionnaire.

Certain prizes may have specific geographic residence or headquarters requirements

For the purposes of eligibility, “southeast” is defined as the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

All submissions due no later than midnight ET on October 7, 2017.


The Southeast Maker Innovation Showcase is Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Economic Development – Innovation and Manufacturing



Decatur Makers – Grand Opening!

Decatur Makers had their GRAND OPENING party on May 6.  Lots of folks came to celebrate the work they’ve already been doing in and around Decatur.  As befits a group of creative, geeky makers, their ribbon cutting was accomplished via a Rube Goldberg-style contraption.  It took a few tries but makers can identify with the persistence required to make cool things!  Congratulations to our friends at Decatur Makers for creating a wonderful environment for their community.

Maven Makers wins film competition

Lots of great things are happening in our maker community. 
Maven Makers in Savannah won a local film competition called Soul Proprietors ( It matches up local small businesses that have a community oriented focus with film crews and then gives them 5 days to make a 7 minute long documentary. The film crews are competing for a $5000 prize and the small businesses are competing for the non-profit they support. Here’s their winning entry:

Congratulations for making an excellent film about making!

TIME Magazine Article – Why ‘Maker Faires’ Are So Important For Our Kids

This article explores Why “Maker Faires” Are Important For Kids.

TIME  (5/23) reports that over 150,000 people attended this year’s at the San Mateo Events Center. According to Time, “these shows have become increasingly important as a means to introduce kids to” science, technology, engineering and math. Time reports that “at Maker Faires, children get hands-on experience with electronic gadgets, from programming to soldering. Kids can play with robotic kits, try building a drone and generally tinker with all sorts of gizmos.”