We just now sent out an email to everyone that has applied so far to exhibit at Maker Faire: NC this year. I have to say, it's shaping up to be *amazing*. We have plenty of space (though that won't last!), so if want to exhibit, please send in an application soon.
Here's a few important notes for interested exhibitors...
First, we'll be making acceptance decisions on a rolling basis. It's a lot more work on our end, but it gives Makers more preparation time than a hard deadline does. The number of slots diminishes over time, and the competition for those slots will grow, so get your application in sooner rather than later. Any relevant application that doesn't get accepted early on STAYS IN THE POOL and is automatically eligible for consideration in all future decisions without any need to reapply.
If we feel an application holds promise but is missing that "secret sauce" that wins a slot, we'll contact you directly to ask for a bit more in order to help you get accepted. We don't want to pass on anything that rocks just because *we* didn't get it. On the other hand, if we have applications that really just don't fit Maker Faire: NC, we'll try to contact those folks as soon as possible to let them know. Of course, if a proposal *is* rejected as a poor fit the applicant can always retool and try again.
Also, we've had a couple of folks report technical issues with the application form. If you get an error message saying your application could not be accepted, please contact our Maker Coordinator (that's me, Kevin) at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll ping you right back with a confirmation that I received it or will go digging in the system to find it! So far, it appears that all the applications actually *are* coming through and the error message is bogus, but WE DON'T WANT TO MISS A SINGLE APPLICATION! We'll be investigating this problem further and hope to get that fixed quickly.
Thanks again for the great response we've been getting! Look for the first rolling announcements to start going out in a week or two, at which time we hope to begin featuring posts on some of the great things folks have planned for Maker Faire: NC 2012!