Greater Hunter Makers & Technology Festival | 21st & 22nd September 2018

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2018       9am - 4pm       Newcastle Jockey Club

When Australia Makes, Australia Works!

The next Greater Hunter Makers & Technology Festival will be held at Newcastle Jockey Club on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2018.

The inaugural Greater Hunter Makers & Technology Festival brought people and ideas together, showcasing the Hunter Region’s world-class engineering and manufacturing capabilities.
Over 70 displays of ideas and creativity, designed to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of attendees in a family-friendly environment.

Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Show joins the Makers and Technology Festival

This year Ai Group is pleased to announce that the Makers and Technology Festival will be joined by the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Show from the University of Newcastle. On show will be an expected 50 electric bikes, experimental cars and commercial electric cars.

“The Makers Festival was a natural fit of the EV Show because we both showcase established companies, emerging companies and students with a common theme of technology and engineering,” said Emeritus Professor Tim Roberts.

Business day and Schools

Friday 21st September 9am to 4pm

  • 9am – 12:30pm – Exhibitor, suppliers, customers and other business networking
  • 12.30pm – Official opening
  • 1pm  – Business and school group visitation
  • 4pm – Business Networking.

Business Visitor admission is FREE Registration is now open.

General Public Day

Saturday 22nd September 9am to 4pm.

A program of activities and talks will be developed to inform and entertain adults, teens and young ones. There will be technology for all tastes and interests.

General Public Day is free and a ticket is not required.

Newcastle Jockey Club
Darling Street, Broadmeadow, New South Wales, Australia


Register your interest now as an exhibitor at the 2018 Greater Hunter Makers and Technology Festival


Register your attendance now as a business visitor at the 2018 Greater Hunter Makers and Technology Festival

What people said about Makers Festival

  • The Makers Festival is not a trade show. It’s a talent show! And its value is in inspiration, pride and nurturing faith that the future is bright.
    Heath Raftery
    Newie Ventures
  • Congratulations on a great event! On behalf of the Science and Engineering Challenge and SMART program we would like to thank you for inviting us to exhibit, it was a great opportunity.
    Jessica Kearney
    Science and Engineering Challenge, University of Newcastle
  • Great job on the Maker Festival!   The mixture of education, small business, mature companies and start-ups makes for a good formula – keep it.
    Simon Bull
    Your Engineer Pty Ltd
  • Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Festival.  You and your staff should be extremely proud of the event.  I am always amazed at how well the Hunter does things.
    Norm Cahill
    NSW Utilities & Electrotechnology ITAB
  • Thanks very much, I enjoyed the Makers Festival greatly. Well done on a fantastic event. I look forward to the next one!
    Nick Percy
    Engineering Manager
  • Congratulations on a very interesting two days at the Newcastle racecourse. I was impressed at the balance of exhibits and discussion across the Manufacturing, Tertiary (both University and TAFE) and Secondary education sectors.
    John Phillips
    The Warren Centre, University of Sydney
  • Thank you for co-coordinating the recent Makers Festival. I had a great time and very much enjoyed the opportunity to exhibit. Some very interesting questions from the general public and it gave me an excellent opportunity to explain how Industrial Design fits in to the world of manufacturing.
    Greeneye Industrial Design
  • Congratulations on the success of the Festival. All due to your hard work. Everyone I've spoken to has commented on the excellent result.
    Larry Platt
    The Advitech Group