What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Maker Faire is a hands-on visual feast of invention and creativity and a celebration of technology, arts, craftsmanship, science, and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture. It’s organized for innovative, creative people who like to tinker and love to create, and also for those curious minds who want to see what new and innovative things are just around the corner… and get hands-on! Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.


Maker Faire history

The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 215,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2014, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family-friendly event, 50% attend the event with children. Also in 2014, 119 independently-produced Mini and 14 Featured Maker Faires occurred around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Detroit, Oslo and Shenzhen.

MakerDays Foundation

MakerDays Foundation was incorporated in 2015 with the aim to build and promote networks with the Maker Faire USA as inspiration. MakerDays Foundation facilitates a growing and flourishing maker movement in The Netherlands. The Eindhoven Maker Faire (EMF) is the meeting place in The Netherlands for people with a passion for making and inspires visitors and makers to create themselves. MakerDays Foundation develops the platform and annual Maker Faire event.

Board members are Peter Notten, chairman (in function 01-01-2020), Eric van Gerwen, treasurer, Stefan de Bever (in function 02-06-2015), René Kivits (in function 01-04-2017), Bert-Jan Woertman (in function 01-04-2019) and Elke van der Valk (in function 01-04-2019). The board respects the Governance Code Cultuur. An ANBI status is in preparation. Stichting MakerDays is registered at Kamer van Koophandel, number 63446243. BTW (VAT) number is 8552.39.438.


Peter Notten, chairman Eric van Gerwen, treasurer
Stefan de Bever René Kivits
Bert-Jan Woertman Elke van der Valk


MAD emergent art center

MAD is producing Eindhoven Maker Faire commissioned by Stichting MakerDays. MAD is a Public Benefit Organisation (ANBI). MAD emergent art center is a department of Stichting Multi-Art-Disc, founded 18-05-1995 in Eindhoven.

RSIN number: 804082856
Kamer van Koophandel: 41093496
BTW (VAT): 8040.82.856.B.01
Website: www.madlab.nl
Phone: +31 (0)40 32133032


The Committee

Nienke Meijer, Supervisory Board Member, Cofounder De Buitenboordmotor, Former President Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Rob van Hattum, Director Science programs at VPRO Public Broadcasting & Chief Science Officer NEMO Science Museum
Maarten Steinbuch, Distinguished University Professor in Systems and Control and Chair of Control Systems Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

Advisory Board

Hugo Vrijdag, Co-founder De Ontdekfabriek, Het Ontdekstation & De Uitvindfabriek Liesbeth Schreuder, former chairman Beeldenstorm/Daglicht (now: Make Eindhoven)
Mark de Greeff, Managing Director Den Bosch Partners Anouk Wipprecht, Fashion Designer & Board Member Maker Faire
Karien Vermeulen, Program Manager OpenEducation, OnePlanet Research Center Ronald Scheer, Researcher & Lecturer at Fontys Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics department, Eindhoven
Erik de Jong, Business Leader Bosch Parade / Community Manager Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


General Regulations

All consumer purchases from Stichting MakerDays can be recalled under Dutch law with a maximum of 14 days.