The 2019 Maker Ed Convening will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13 at the Museum Lab on the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh campus in Pittsburgh, PA.

For this year’s 5th Annual Convening, Maker Ed is eager to welcome inspiring, practical, and thought-provoking proposals that represent new ideas, concrete practices, and lessons learned from the maker education field. The Maker Ed community and network are critical to the progress and success of maker-centered learning, and they’re excited to showcase participants’ work and voices!

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 15, 2019. All applications will be reviewed and presenters will be notified by June 3, 2019. Convening presenters will also receive discounted ticket rates.

Proposal Guidelines:

Maker Ed is requesting proposals that fall into one of four different categories. With all sessions and session types, they encourage applicants to be as interactive as possible!

  • Presentation: 30 minutes in duration with a single or multiple presenters.
  • Panel Conversation: 1.25 hours in duration, as a facilitated conversation between 3-4 people on a specific topic.
  • Workshop: 1.25-hours in duration, where participants are actively engaged in a hands-on, minds-on experience.
  • Ignite Talk: 5 minutes long, 20 slides, inspirational and succinct!

Maker Ed is looking for proposals that demonstrate an understanding of the current state of maker education that can also serve moving their collective work forward. They strongly encourage proposals from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. Specifically, they are looking to increase representation of youth and people of color as presenters at the Convening. Proposals that elevate and celebrate the lived experience and stories of a diversity of communities may be given preference during the review process.