Maker Mission: USA 2019

San Francisco
17-24 May 2019

Register as a paying participant

This is our inaugural Makers Mission to Silicon Valley

We are leading a mission for makers, educators, artists and engineers to the USA for a curated, exclusive access, immersive experience for all things rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing.

  • Learn the latest trends and technologies from the hobbyist to research lab alike
  • Tour makerspaces and meet fellow makers for collaborations and knowledge sharing opportunities
  • Learn how the maker scene has grown and continues to grow in the US to better support the local industry back home
  • Experience Maker Faire Bay Area, the flagship maker event attracting over 1,200 Makers and 125,000 attendees over a weekend
  • Wine and dine with the inventors, creatives, engineers and makers behind iconic projects and tools
  • Listen to hardware startup and investors about their process of going from prototype to production
  • Discover how rapid prototyping and arts workers are being employed in creative R&D labs of some of the largest organisations
  • See hundreds of edutech products and programs
Eligible Participants

The mission is targeting prolific makers, managers who run makerspaces or hardware accelerator programs, educators, sculptural and new media artists, creative engineers and inventors and engineering firms from across Australia and New Zealand.

Mission Inclusions

Everyone is to make their own way to arrive in San Mateo on Friday 17 May. We stay in San Mateo for 3 nights then we will move as a group to San Francisco (all transfer costs included) where we will spend 4 nights.  The mission formally ends on Friday 24 May, but participants are welcome to stay on longer in San Francisco or arrange their own onwards travel.

The mission price includes all the following:

  • 7 nights accommodation:
  • twin-share (+$1500 for single)
  • 3 nights in San Mateo area
  • 4 nights in San Francisco
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 group dinners
  • Transport for scheduled events (bus and uber)
  • Scheduled events, meetings & tours
  • (excludes international flights)
Mission Exclusions

Participants must arrange and pay for their own international flights to and from the USA. Participants must also cover any other personal costs or out-of-pocket expenses including all other meals, incidentals, visas, passports, travel insurance, equipment, entertainment, and all other personal expenditure.

You will need to organise an ESTA VISA waiver and travel insurance.

Mission Price

The total mission price per participant is $6,000 (Australian dollars, excluding GST). Note that this excludes international airfares.

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Proposed Meetings

The schedule is currently being drafted, and meetings are yet to be arranged. The schedule will be updated closer to the mission depending on the availability of key contacts. Participants who register early are invited to provide input to shape the agenda of meetings, as we like to tailor missions specifically to the attendees.