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The Maker Event Seed Funding was a 1-year pilot program established in 2016 by the IEEE EAB Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee (PECC). Thank you to those who submitted applications. Nine applications were each awarded $500 in funding, reaching 6 Regions and 9 Sections. 

At this time, the Committee has decided to suspend the funding.


What is a maker event?

A maker event is designed to be a flexible celebration of making, tinkering, creating, innovating, and learning within a local community. Maker events come in the form of exhibit booths/tables, shows, workshops, and/or conferences. Participants typically include tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs.

There are many types of activities that may be planned and executed that would constitute a maker event, but most have some of the following in common:

  • Participants create something either physical or digital (coding, visual arts, film, etc.).
  • Participants have the ability and freedom to deviate from instructions, test new ideas, and use materials in new ways.
  • Participants can keep what they make (whether physical or digital), or work together or independently to create pieces that can be put together to form a single complete entity.
  • The number of participants is usually between five and 15.
  • There is usually at least one event leader or facilitator.
  • Events are organized to promote educational and formative activities and are not intended to promote profit.

If you are interested in organizing a Maker Faire event, an independently produced celebration of local maker culture, you are required to apply for and sign a license agreement directly with Maker Faire. You may not use the Maker Faire brand or trademark without this license. IEEE is not affiliated with Maker Faire. Please refer to for more information.


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Eligibility requirements

The interested Section, Chapter, Student Branch, or affinity group should designate an IEEE member to submit the application on their behalf. Individual IEEE members may also submit an application. The applicant shall meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Have an active IEEE membership
  • Agree to engage pre-university students with the event
  • Have endorsement from their IEEE Section or Chapter
  • Should not have organized a maker event using IEEE EAB funding in the last two years

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Application guidelines

The applicant group or individual shall do the following:

  • Complete the funding request application form in its entirety; an incomplete form may result in a delay in the review and approval process.
  • Understand that the IEEE EAB funding is designed to serve as “seed” funding and is not intended to cover the full cost of conducting a maker event.
  • Conduct the event within the same calendar year as the application submission.
  • Provide a detailed description of the proposed maker event, a budget breakdown, an estimation on the number of participants, and a comprehensive plan for the involvement of pre-university students in the event.
  • Utilize the IEEE EAB funding for event project materials only. Use of funding for transportation, marketing, event registration, and/or salaries (or any compensation) is not permissible.
  • Submit a report of at least 500 words within two weeks of the completion of the event. The report should include the number of participants, demographics (e.g., students, parents, etc.), and photos taken during the event.

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Application review process

Applications received prior to the deadline will be reviewed by a group of IEEE volunteer judges selected by the IEEE Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee. The application review process is expected to be completed within four weeks of receipt of the application. The applying group or individual will be notified of the status of their application by email communication.


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The maximum amount of funding available is US$500 per event. Funding will be distributed directly to the Section or Chapter endorsing the application (for further distribution to the event organizers).


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Submit an application

Applications may be submitted via an online application form or by emailing a completed copy of the application in PDF format to


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IEEE logo usage

Please refer to the IEEE Brand Identity Toolkit for the proper use of the IEEE logo.


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For questions regarding the IEEE EAB Seed Funding for Maker Events, please contact Lynn Bowlby at


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