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Maker Summit

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.


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 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.


Maker Summit Submissions


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.

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, 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


Maker Summit Schedule


Friday, April 3 Event Location
5–6 pm

Maker Summit Film Festival & Art Walk

Madrona Hall 300, LRC
7 pm Open Mic Madrona Hall 300, LRC
Saturday, April 4    
10 am–1 pm Project Showcase Madrona Hall 300, LRC
2–5 pm Workshops and Demonstrations The MILL & The 8
6 pm Award Reception and Keynote Madrona Hall 300, LRC










Maker Summit FAQ


  1. Will late entries be accepted? 
  • We can be flexible with our timeline but cannot accept entries after Monday, March 30, 2020, at 8 am at the latest.
  1. Do I have to attend the showcase?
  • We strongly encourage all participants to attend the showcase to support your fellow makers and the community. You must also be present at the showcase in order to be eligible to win an award. If you cannot attend the showcase for whatever reason, please just let us know.
  1. Do I have to stay with my project for the duration of the showcase?
  • We encourage participants to attend the project showcase at least for the duration that their project is being judged. We can communicate the judging time window with you.
  • If you cannot be present for judging, please let us know. We will also provide cards at each table that will include information about your project that you share with us, so this will be on display for the judges to read if you cannot, or prefer not, to be present for judging.
  • If your project requires hardware or technology to operate, please note that you are responsible for keeping track of these items, and we cannot be held responsible for unattended items.
  1. What is a gizmo?
  • Generally, gizmos either perform a task or are used to complete a specific job. Gizmos can move, fly, crawl, sing, etc. We like to keep this loosely defined as it encourages some unique project submissions.
  1. What are the Wi-Fi/electricity capabilities of Madrona Hall?
  • Madrona Hall is equipped with Wi-Fi, and we can provide electrical outlets as needed. When you submit your project, you may specify on the form if you have special electrical requirements for your project.
  1. Can I attend if I didn’t submit a project?
  • Of course! There is no need to register to attend. You can just stop by and check out what the UW maker community is creating. A full schedule of events can be found here (link).
  1. Can I bring people outside the UW community to attend the Maker Summit?
  • Yes, the Maker Summit is open to anyone including community members outside of the University of Washington.
  1. Can I bring my children?
  • Children are welcome and encouraged to attend the Maker Summit including the project showcases. We even offer a range of kid-friendly workshops and demos. View the full list of offerings here.
  1. Is there a cost associated with the workshops, demos, events?
  • We offer a mix of workshops (generally low cost ranging $1 to $10) and demonstrations (free). The majority of the events at the Maker Summit are free to attend, such as the Art Walk & Film Fest, Open Mic Nite, Project Showcase, and the Awards & Reception. View the full list of costs here.
  1. How do I register for a workshop/demo? How do I RSVP to the reception?
  • You can register for any of the Maker Summit workshops or demos through our registration website. If you are a student or faculty/staff at the University of Washington, you can click Log in, and you will be directed to log in using your UW NetID. If you do not have a UW NetID or are not affiliated with the UW, you should click Sign up. From there you will be prompted to create an account. Once you have logged in with your new account or NetID, from the home page you will navigate to the Maker Summit page where you will find a list of currently offered workshops and demos.

Thank you to our sponsors

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


The 8 Community Center, McMahon Hall 
4200 Whitman Lane NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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

Contact us

Phone: 206-616-1162