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.
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.
The Queensland Government is funding 6 participants onto the mission. If you are Queensland-based and fit the mission demographic then you can apply for a scholarship to participate in the mission.
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:
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.
The total mission price per participant is $6,000 (Australian dollars, excluding GST). Note that this excludes international airfares.
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.