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Maker Summit

More than a summit—it’s where ideas come to light.
April 3 and 4, 2020

The fifth annual UW Maker Summit will bring together some of the most creative and innovative talents that the UW and Seattle communities have to offer. UW students, staff, faculty, and Seattle community members participate in one or more aspects of this multifaceted event.


Maker Summit Events

Film Festival & Art Walk

Enter your short film or music video in the Maker Summit film festival. Selected artwork will also be featured on this Friday evening event.


The Maker Summit showcase offers makers, crafters, artists, and engineers the opportunity to show off their projects to the community. A panel of judges will determine a student winner and a faculty/staff/community member winner in more than ten different categories. We're giving away over $5,000 in prizes at the event!

Workshops & Demonstrations

Take a free workshop at the McMahon 8 Community Center in McMahon Hall or the McCarty Innovation & Learning Lab (MILL) in McCarty Hall. A variety of workshops and demonstrations will feature the state-of-the-art equipment available in each space including 3-D printers, laser cutters, milling machines, sewing and embroidery machines, and more.

Keynote Speaker & Reception

Our 2020 keynote speaker is Michael Schultheis. Schultheis has presented work in over 60 solo exhibitions across the country. His art appears in collections by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. and U.S. Embassies in Greece and Switzerland. Schultheis has lectured on the ascent of Analytical Expressionism at various universities and his paintings have been featured in several national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and NPR.

Before dedicating himself to painting on the surface of canvases, Schultheis formulated his ideas on chalkboards at Cornell University and whiteboards at Microsoft.

All individuals entering a project in the showcase or film festival are invited to attend the reception, where awards will be presented to the winner in each category.

Open Mic Night

Bands and soloists alike are welcome to enter their act in this Maker Summit tradition.


Maker Summit Submissions


All levels of expertise are welcome at the Makers Summit! From beginner level to advanced, we are excited to showcase all of your creative and innovative ideas.

Submit your application to participate no later than Sunday March 22, 2020. You may participate in one or all 10 of our competitive entry areas. You can create a project on your own or with a team.

If you are interested in speaking at this event, we’re looking for individuals willing to commit to a 20–40 minute presentation on our central stage. Speakers can present on topics from a personal interest, professional research, or even a great idea!

For information on how to submit a project download our Submissions Instructions.

Project categories

Art: Drawing & Painting, Fabric Arts, Ceramics and Glass
Artwork can be made of a variety of materials. We accept paint, glass, fabric, ceramic, electronics or any combination of different techniques, materials and disciplines. We’ve divided our art category into three distinctive areas to allow for more creativity and variety of submissions—but best of all, that means we’re giving away more prizes too!

Gizmos: Undergraduate, Graduate
All electronic gizmos are welcome: flying, driving, running, walking, to name a few examples. Contestants can work as individuals or teams. This category is split between graduate and undergraduates to allow for a more even competitive field.

Digital Art: Photography, Graphic Design, 3D and Laser Print
We want to see how you view the world—whether it is the UW campus, Seattle, or somewhere halfway across the world! Submissions have #nofilter—as long as they’re 100% yours!  All photography entries must be printed and delivered to The MILL by Noon on April 1, 2020. No entries smaller than 8 x 10 in.  Please do not frame your photographs.

Film: Short Film, Music Video
Films can be any genre. Whether you want to make a comedy, a horror story, or a short documentary, we want to see it!  All films are limited to ten minutes. We reserve the right to reject any film that is inappropriate or does not meet the quality standard of our event after our review.  Films should be submitted by April 1, 2020 for review.  We require all films to be uploaded to YouTube.

submit your project


Maker Summit Schedule


Friday, April 3 Event Location
7 pm

Maker Summit Film Festival & Art Walk

Madrona 300
Saturday, April 4    
10 am–1 pm Project Showcase Madrona 300
1–6 pm Workshops and Demonstrations The MILL
6 pm Award Reception and Keynote Madrona 300
7 pm Open Mic  TBD










Maker Summit FAQ

FAQ to come

Thank you to our sponsors

Housing & Food Services, Area 01 Community Center, McCarty Innovation & Learning Lab, McMahon 8 Community Center, CoMotion, and Global Innovation Exchange (GIX).


McMahon 8 Community Center 
4200 Whitman Ln NE
Seattle, WA 98105

McCarty Innovation & Learning Lab (MILL), McCarty Hall
4401 Whitman Court NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Contact us

Phone: (206) 616-1162