Behind the Scenes of Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2015

Ever wondered how the Brighton Mini Maker Faire pops up every year? It might seem like magic, but there’s actually a team of organisers and volunteers dedicated to herding all those brilliant makers into one place and raising funds to make the Maker Faire happen.

Our producer Emma’s written a blog post giving a behind-the-scenes look at the production of this year’s Brighton Mini Maker Faire: you can check it out on her blog.

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Highlights from Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2015

Highlights from makers, punters, and the team on the social media sphere on Brighton Maker Faire on Storify, a report on ITV News, SENSEries on BBC Sussex’s Danny Pike show, photo album on Developing Dreams and many more across the world wide web.

Thanks go out to all makers, creators, inventors, volunteers and sponsors for making Brighton Mini Maker Faire such a fantastic experience and flag ship event of Brighton Digital Festival.

Keep the spirit of making and creating alive!

The Brighton Mini Maker Faire team

(Andrew, Emma, Jo, Kati, Amy, Alastair, Mike, and Inessa)

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Brighton Maker Faire 2015 highlights – photo album by Kati Byrne / Developing Dreams

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Lineup for 5th Brighton Mini Maker Faire announced

Fancy a ride on a baby buggy powered by a golf caddy? Or would you rather like to shoot paint with a giant art cannon or let your clothes play a song? With makers and tinkerers from fields of all kinds such as felt-making, drawing comics, engineering and electronics, jewellery, and knitting, we are getting very excited with our line up of more than 100 amazing projects this year.

We are the biggest festival combining arts, craft, science and technology in the South East. Our faire was the first ‘Mini’ Maker Faire in the UK and it’s still the biggest in the country. More than 3,000 people came to the Corn Exchange last year to experience the fascinating mix of mind-boggling creations and inventions.

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Brighton Mini Maker Faire highlights from 2014. Photo credit: Kati Byrne / Developing Dreams

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Contribute to our Maker Zine

Each year, as part of Brighton Mini Maker Faire, we produce a magazine called Hot Glue. It’s full of maker projects, articles and inspiration to help people carry on making at home. We’re now looking for contributors for our 3rd issue.

The theme for this year’s issue is Curiosity

How can making help us understand the world around us?
How are things made, why are they made that way, and how can we make them differently?
How do materials behave, how do things fit together, and what happens if you put them together differently?

Hot Glue features a mix of projects, editorial and illustration:

  • Accessible projects, experiments and activities across a range of tech and crafts, from fabric crafts to simple electronics, using materials and tools that are easy to find, cheap or free, or recycling stuff you may already have around you. They might be projects you can do alone, or in your school, with your kids (or your parents). Maybe useful stuff, maybe just fun.
  • Articles about making, what it means to you, personal stories and pieces on tools, technology and materials.
  • Criticism, opinion and provocation on what making is, the maker movement and where it’s going.

We pay contributors a fee for original submissions, or if you have a piece published elsewhere under a suitable licence, we’re happy to look at republishing. We also want to hear from anyone else who can support us with illustrations, photography, distribution or sponsorship.

If you’re interested, send a short (1 sentence) outline of your idea to

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Makers at Work exhibition

With Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2014 only just over, it’s time to focus on our next event. In October, as part of Brighton Photo Fringe, we’ll be showing an exhibition of photographs by Curtis James, called Makers at Work.

There are full details on our exhibition page, so please check it out.

We’re also having a special opening event on Thursday 2nd October in the giant yellow tent inside Circus Street Market (map here). Its an opportunity to see the work first, meet the photographer and some of the makers he photographed. And have a drink too.

We hope you can join us. If you’d like to come, it’s free, but we do have limited space, so please get a ticket here, so we know you’re coming.

Eventbrite - Makers at Work Exhibition: Opening event

The exhibition itself has limited opening hours for 2 weeks in October, so be sure to pop down before it’s gone.

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Brighton Mini Maker Faire – What did you think?

Thank you for coming to Brighton Mini Maker Faire. What a day! We hope you enjoyed it.

We’d like you to tell us what you thought about it, to help us make it even better next year:

Take the survey

As a special thank you, if you submit your survey by 15th September, we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win some cool maker goodies, including Littlebits Starter Kits, Make Magazines and Project Notebooks and more, courtesy of Littlebits, O’Reilly and Make. We’ll pick 5 winners and notify you by email (so make sure you include your email address on the survey).

Sharing your day

We’d love to see any photos, blog posts, podcasts, videos or feedback you have about the day.

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Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2014 highlights

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The night before #BMMF

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Staying hydrated with Life Water

We are delighted to announce that Life Water are supporting us this year by keeping all of our Makers hydrated throughout the day!

Life Water logoLife Water is 100% Carbon Neutral and Certified Organic. They also established independent charity Drop4Drop in 2006, whose mission is to help alleviate the global water crisis by working to deliver clean water projects to developing communities around the world.

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Meet the Maker: Chikai

As part of our “Meet the Makers” interview series, we asked our Makers to tell us a little about themselves. Today, meet Jessica from Chikai!

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