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Maker Summit 2019

More than a summit—it’s where ideas come to light.
April 5 and 6, 2019

The fourth annual UW Maker Summit brought 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 participated in one or more aspects of this multifaceted event. Thanks to everyone who contributed work, to all the attendees and congratulations to our winners!

This year's winners

Drawing & Painting

First: Taryn Harkness                 
Second: Sandra Yao
Third: Eric Gery                
Community Winner: Khuyen Lam

Ceramics & Glass

First: Austin Kukay                
Second: Sara Lee        
Community Winner: Ji Huang

Fabric Arts

First: Peyton Lee
Second: Brittany Quan
Third: Myranda Dang            
Community Winner: Meghan Lancaster


First: Mark Shumskiy
Second: Kirsten Wong
Third: (Tie) Victoria Peskin and Anna Bloch
Community Winner: Daniel Muldrew

Graphic Design

First: Pari Gabriel
Second: Eric Gery
Third: Austin Kukay 
Community Winner: Adrienne Quan

3D & Laser Cut

First: Eric Gery
Second: Jackson Cannon    
Third: George Sun 
Community Winner: Chris Huber


First: Dylan Rose
Second: (Tie) Jonathan Ananda and William Taylor


First: William Buchanan, Louis Quicksell            
Community Member: Chuan-Li, Cody Gagnon

Short Film

First: Armon Mahdavi
Second: Elleyce Pahang            
Third: Hannah Sheil

Music Video

First: Nikolas Johnson                
Second: Oluyori Bolonduro
Third: Austin Kukay


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 $10,000 in prizes at the event!

Workshops & Demonstrations

Take a free workshop at the Dabble Lab in Area 01 (located in Maple Hall) or at 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 2019 keynote speaker is John Edmark, lecturer at Stanford University where he teaches classes in design fundamentals, product design, stop-motion animation and color theory. In his artwork he combines the study of nature and geometry to create transforming sculptures that elicit delight and wonder. He is the creator of the Helicone, an interactive kinetic toy, and Blooms, a new type of sculpture, which animates when spun under a strobe light. Videos of his creations have received over 60 million views online.

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 March 22, 2019. 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 Area 01 by Noon on April 4, 2019. 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 four 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 to Area 01 by 1:00pm on April 4, 2019 for review.  We require all films to be uploaded to YouTube.


Maker Summit Schedule


Friday, April 5 Event Location
7 pm

Maker Summit Film Festival & Art Walk

Alder Auditorium
Saturday, April 6    
10 am–1 pm Project Showcase HUB Main Street
1–6 pm Workshops and Demonstrations Area 01, The Mill
6 pm Award Reception and Keynote Area 01 Great Room
7 pm Open Mic Area 01 Great Room







Thank you to our sponsors

HFS, Area 01, The Mill, Amazon Catalyst


Area 01 Community Center, Maple Hall
1101 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98105

McCarty Innovation & Learning Lab (MILL), McCarty Hall
2100 NE Whitman Court
Seattle, WA 98195

Contact us

Phone: (206) 616-9666 or (206) 616-1162

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