This event has currently been postponed due to recent events based on State and CDC guidelines.
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 and faculty, and Seattle community members, participate in one or more aspects of this multifaceted event.
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 more than $5,000 in prizes at the event!
Workshops & Demonstrations
Take a free workshop at the The 8 community center in McMahon Hall or The McCarty Innovation & Learning Lab (The 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. Michael 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. Michael 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, Michael 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.
All levels of expertise, from beginner to advanced, are welcome at the Makers Summit! 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 ten 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.
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, 3-D 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 8x10 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
|Friday, April 3
Maker Summit Film Festival & Art Walk
|Madrona Hall 300, LRC
||Madrona Hall 300, LRC
|Saturday, April 4
|10 am–1 pm
||Madrona Hall 300, LRC
||Workshops and Demonstrations
||The MILL & The 8
||Award Reception and Keynote
||Madrona Hall 300, LRC