To recognize the creative, technical, and social contributions of makers and the impact of their projects all over the world.
Let’s start with some basic guidelines for participating in the Amazing Maker Awards.
If you’ve been to a Maker Faire, you know already that there are a lot of amazing projects. There are so many that it’s hard to pick a favorite. We use the word “Amazing” because we think broadly about what projects we like best and that includes projects which may be considered “art” and those which may be considered “science”. (Ideally, projects combine both art and science.) They might make us laugh or think or wonder.
A project is a prototype made up of physical and digital components that are easily available. A prototype should be able to convey what your project is about, what it does and what it can be. In other words, a prototype is a promise of what’s to come – by no means is it a finished product.
Here are a few prompts:
Making a project is only one part of what you must do. Showing your project and telling others is also an important part. For us, it’s the main part. It’s what we do. That’s why Maker Faire was called “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth.” For the makers, what they got out of Maker Faire was a chance to tell their own story, connect with other people who cared to listen to their story and ask good questions.
So, you might think that half of your work is making something and the other half is putting together a two-minute video that explains what your project is about. We call this a project pitch, which is a show and tell. Here are four elements to consider for your presentation:
Through your participation and sharing your “Show and Tell”, you will get meaningful feedback from others including other entrants, but also reviewers and judges. They might help you identify key elements for your project to be more successful.
The deadline for submitting your project pitch is Wednesday, June 1 at noon PDT.
A jury or panel of judges will select the projects for the showcase. At least twelve projects will be selected.
Judges will use the following criteria:
Projects will be recognized according to the following categories:
We call these awards “The Makeys” after our red robot mascot.
The dozen projects selected for the showcase will receive:
Showcase winners will be invited to present their project online as part of the Amazing Maker Awards program.
Each maker who submits a completed entry will get a signed Certificate of Entry.
You are encouraged to participate in the Discord server for the Amazing Maker Awards. You can meet other participants, ask questions and get help from the maker community.
You agree to abide by our Community Guidelines when interacting on our Discord community or in other services we provide.
Our goal is to foster a supportive and productive community. Makers of all kinds (even those who don’t consider themselves makers) are welcome and encouraged to participate — regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or skill level. Our community is grounded in our shared values: openness, resourcefulness, ingenuity, generosity, creativity, resilience and self-directedness, to mention a few. Kindness goes a long way.