Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire is a one-day, family-friendly event that celebrates arts, crafts, engineering, music, science, and technology projects and the Do-It-Yourself spirit in our community. At the UC Mini Maker Faire, the focus is on the process of making -- not just the finished product.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 | 10am to 4pm | IMC in downtown Urbana

Maker Agreement

With the backing of the MakerSpace at the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana and the strong craft and technology communities in the U-C area, we know you’ll want to be part of this event! We estimate having 12-15 booths inside the IMC, demos going on throughout the day, at least two workshops taking place in MakerSpace. 

To be a Maker, read this page and complete the Maker Agreement forms below. Deadline for participation is March 31.

Maker Fees and Benefits

Demo-only booth
This is for Makers who only want to demo their skills and show others how to make items at their booth.

Demo and Sale booth
This is for Makers who want to demo their skills AND sell kits or finished products. We will not collect a percentage of your sales.

Demo on Stage (no booth) 
This is for Makers who have a skill or technique they want to share as a one-time half-hour demo on the stage area in the IMC. These Makers will not have a booth or be able to sell their items. They will be scheduled for a half-hour slot during the day, with a 15-minute to set up and cleanup. Stage Demos will be provided a mic for their demo. Demos on Stage will run at the top of the hour, starting at 11 a.m., with the last one running at 2pm.


Maker Responsibilities and Policies
We will provide a table and two chairs and electricity, if standard setup is requested. Please plan to bring anything else that you would like to have, such as extension cords/power strips and any hardware or supplies that will help you display your project. We assume that you will supply any equipment or supplies you need to make your project functional. 

Please feel free to make signs for your exhibit that help the attendees understand what you are making! 

We appreciate Makers bringing any other equipment needed to support their exhibit.

Please review the following regulations and policies: 

  • Promotions: We will provide a link on our website for each Maker.
  • Internet Connectivity: The entire IMC has WIFI, if your project could interfere with our wireless service, please let us know so we can accommodate you and your Faire neighbors. 
  • Electricity: If you provide details of your power requirements, we will make certain you have this power available at your booth area. Please bring your own surge protectors and/or power strips for power distribution at your booth. On-site power requests cannot be guaranteed. Any excessive power will require approval. 
  • Tables and Chairs: We will provide a table and two chairs if you selected a standard setup.
  • Water: If your exhibit requires any form of water, please let us know so we place you near a water source. 
  • Radio Frequency: Due to the nature of the event, please advise if you plan to use radio frequencies and if so, at what frequency and/or frequencies and the amount of power you are using so we can coordinate placement and usage.
  • Fire and Safety or Hazard issues: If your project can be considered hazardous or a concern for the Maker Faire Committee (especially fire safety), please be sure to notify us as soon as possible so that we can include these details in the Safety Plan. As part of the setup process, we will need you to declare all hazardous materials that you have with you, as this will help in determining the best storage and overall safety concerns of such material.
  • Damage Liability: No drilling of holes, attaching to, or painting of the floor, or any other defacement to floors or walls. When such damage occurs, the Maker is solely responsible and is liable to the owner of the property so damaged. 
  • Signage: Signage and/or decorations may not be taped, nailed, tacked, stapled, or otherwise fastened to any wall, ceiling, column, stone, window, drape, or painted surface in any area inside the building or on the premise without advance permission. 
  • Noise and Safety Restrictions: Management reserves the right to restrict exhibits, displays, demonstrations, presentations, or workshops that become objectionable because of noise, method of operations, materials, safety, or any other reason.
  • Food/Beverages: No food or beverage may be offered or displayed as part of exhibit, demonstration, presentation, or workshop.
  • Exits: No exits, fire-fighting equipment, or emergency equipment may be blocked or obstructed under any circumstances. 
  • Space Consideration: Sufficient space must be provided within the booth for the comfort and safety of persons watching exhibits, demonstrations, displays, or workshops. 
  • Laws: Every participant, employee, agent, or contractor connected with the use of the premises shall abide by, conform to, and comply with all the laws of the United States, the State of Illinois, as well as the ordinances of the City of Urbana and all rules and regulations of the Police and Fire Departments of the City of Urbana and the County of Champaign. Make no violation or breach of peace. Do not endanger or harm any person, property, or the environment, including all IMC property, including the parking lot, entrance ways, ticket booth areas, and other areas used by the Maker Faire or its employees, contractors, agents, members, or guests.

Theft Prevention
The potential of theft and disappearance can be greatly reduced if a few simple precautions are taken: 
  • Do not leave purses, laptops, cellphones, or any easily portable items unattended at any time in your booth area. 
  • Report any suspicious person or theft in the building immediately to the Maker Faire Committee, and we will notify Security Officers and file an incident report, if applicable. 
  • Lock valuables in the trunk of your car, where they are not visible. 
  • If you are demonstrating a valuable piece of equipment, please do not leave it unattended at your booth.
Makers may drive up to the IMC dock on the south side of the building starting at 7:30am on Saturday morning. Quickly unload, go park your vehicle in nearby parking lots, and then return to set up your exhibit. This allows space for your neighboring Makers to drive in and unload. All vehicles must be off the dock and out of the Post Office lot by 9:30 a.m. to open the Maker Faire.  Please do not block any entrance or park in fire lanes. Please also remember to lock your vehicle and make certain to have your cellphone number listed on your Maker Agreement so we can contact you, if we need you to relocate. 


  • Teardown: Teardown begins after 3 p.m. on Saturday. All exhibits must be intact and open to the public until that time. Exhibits must be removed by 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Load-Out: Vehicles will not be allowed to line up at the dock until after 3 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Disposal: Recycling, paper, bottles and glass, non-toxic waste, and general trash receptacles will be available. We appreciate your exhibit area being cleared completely.