Why volunteer for Maker Faire Milwaukee?

To learn, have FUN and keep Maker Faire Milwaukee free and open to everyone! Great volunteers are what make a stellar Maker Faire! They ensure all makers–whether visiting or exhibiting–are informed and engaged while they learn and discover new things. Volunteers can do anything from helping out on a race course to staffing information booths. Our form now allows for groups and families to sign-up at one time. If you are a student or employee of a company that requires community service hours, volunteering at Maker Faire Milwaukee can count towards your service.


Individual volunteers must be 16 or older and sign a liability release form. Those under 18 require a parent signature. Children younger than 16 can volunteer with a guardian or the entire family.

Contact volunteer@makerfairemilwaukee.com with any questions. There will be three optional volunteer orientation days leading up to the event to provide an opportunity to meet other volunteers learn about Faire Layout and changes and hack your volunteer T-shirt.

Volunteer Orientations

Attending a volunteer orientation is not required, however we highly recommend it. At orientation we will cover layout, registration procedures, and various activity stations being produced by the Faire. You will also receive your Maker Faire t-shirt and have an opportunity to hack your Maker Faire t-shirt to make it unique. Please feel free to attend one or more of the orientation date – they will be fun!

Email volunteer@makerfairemilwaukee.com with any questions and to RSVP for one or more of the orientations.

Volunteering at Maker Faire Milwaukee 2016

Most volunteer opportunities don’t require any experience and are open to anyone. Please read though the list of volunteer opportunities and let us know in the form if there is a specific area you are interested in. Thanks for helping us support this event. Below is a list of the areas that we need help this year.

Nerdy Derby Racing

As a Maker Faire favorite, our geeky spin on pinewood derby throws all rules out the window. The ramp undulates, and kids assemble cars on site. The track was built for Maker Fest in 2013 (held at the Milwaukee Makerspace) by Frankie Flood and the Digital Craft Research Lab at UWM. In 2014, Faire organizers built a smaller test track for cars to drive on before racing. This year, racers will be able to track their time. Volunteers needed to run races, emcee, track times, and to help kids design and build their cars.
Level of physical involvement: Walking, Standing, and Leaning

Maker Relations and Support

Many makers spend full-day shifts manning their stations, talking with patrons and providing demonstrations. The Maker Relations and Support team bounces around to different stations supplying extra help when and where it’s needed throughout each day. Volunteers needed to fill in for makers on break and provide back-up help.
Level of physical involvement: Sitting, Walking

Info Booths and Registration

Volunteers needed to answer patrons’ questions and assist with with wrist band and liability waiver distribution. All guests must sign a liability waiver and don a wristband in order participate in activities.
Level of physical involvement: Sitting, Standing

GE Design & Build Challenge

A real-world challenge that allows makers to show off their skills, creativity and resourcefulness! On the day of the event, teams will receive instructions, a workspace and tools, access to a “hack rack” of raw materials and time to create. Volunteers needed to answer teams’ questions and help keep participants on track.
Level of physical involvement: Standing, Walking, Bending

Setup and Teardown

This year’s Faire, with 120,000 sq. ft. of indoor space and 40,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space, will require a LOT of help. There are piles of signage, seating, ambiance and and activity stations to install and set up. Volunteers needed to help with setup during the week prior, and with teardown on the Monday after the Faire ends.
Level of physical involvement: Walking, Lifting, Bending


Visitors to this upcycling station learn how to modify articles of clothing and make accessories. Volunteers needed to run workshops, do demonstrations, and provide one-on-one instruction. Experienced sewing enthusiasts, screen printers, bedazzlers, and other crafters encouraged to sign up.
Level of physical involvement: Sitting or Standing

Power Racing Series

If you’ve helped run other races, we want you! If you haven’t yet, but want to be involved in a tiny electric race car series, this is it. We need Track Marshals to help run the races. We’ll train you, and give you a flag, and a fire extinguisher (just in case.)
Level of physical involvement: Walking, Standing, Lifting, Bending

Field Trip Friday

Students from several schools will get a behind-the-scenes Maker Faire experience on the Friday before the Faire. Volunteers needed to to help run activity stations, demonstrations and workshops.
Level of physical involvement: Sitting, Walking, Standing

Volunteer Leadership

Email us at volunteer@makerfairemilwaukee.com if you would like to take on a leadership role training other volunteers or helping to organize any of the activity areas.