Call for artists to help launch Young Inventors Centre

The team of volunteers behind the Brighton Mini Maker Faire has been busy with preparations for the big day on 6th September 2014. This year, we will be launching the Young Inventors Centre at the faire with a workshop themed  ‘a Noisy, Wearable, Playful combination’ and we are looking for 12 artists from the South of England and North of France to take part and run the workshop organised by Exploring Senses and supported by ReCreate.

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Meet the sponsors: Bare Conductive

Bare Conductive make electrically conductive paint and a range of creative kits. Whether you are interested in graphical wiring, paper switches or integrating sensors into your craft project, Bare provides a platform to get you started.

Bare have taken an exciting turn this year with the launch of their first piece of hardware – the Touch Board. Stop by the stand to see how the board can connect to anything conductive to create unusual instruments, light switches and proximity sensors. It will make you completely reimagine electrical interfaces! You will also be able to pick up the products at the stall and ask any questions you might have about what’s on show. Can’t wait til September? Check out the video below to find out more:


Thanks to Bare Conductive for supporting Brighton Mini Maker Faire over the years – and for making cool stuff for makers to play with.

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Blending Art with Technology at the Brighton Festival

One of the goals of Maker Faire is to blur and break down the boundaries between ‘art’ and ‘technology’ – to us, and to many of our Makers, the two fields are complimentary rather than mutually exclusive. When you combine the traditional theory and practice of art with opportunities and ideas introduced by new technology, magical things happen: knitting robots, musical ping-pong tables, 3D printed sculptures – all are a result of technology plus art.

So it’s delightful to see the incorporation of science and technology into respected and popular works in the traditional art world. This weekend marks the end of the annual Brighton Festival – an internationally renowned arts and culture festival – and this year’s program featured some intriguing and hugely enjoyable interactive works which were created at the intersection of science and art.

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Maker Submissions are now OPEN!

We are pleased to announce that Maker Submissions for the 2014 Brighton Mini Maker Faire are now open! This year’s Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday the 6th of September at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange.

From DIY microscopes to CAD workshops, intros to wool felting to underwater robot demos, we’re looking to showcase the rich cornucopia of projects from Makers all across the UK.

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Maker Faire Brighton 2013 Live Blogging

11.30am The doors have been open for an hour and a half and we’re now in full swing, with punters exploring all the amazing exhibits the Corn Exchange, Foyer Bar and Mezzanine. For us it’s already been a long day – the organisers and volunteers have been setting up since 6am! As is traditional at Brighton Maker Faire, visitors are being chased by a dalek, who is this year accompanied by some rather unnerving robot traffic cones, and there’s a hum of whizzy, whirry, jangly noises eminating from every space.

The mini conference is also underway, and I’ve just heard that Maggie Philbin (of Tomorrow’s World and Bang Goes The Theory fame) has entered the building. This has caused much excitement amongst the crew, who are all huge fans. She’ll be chairing a debate at 1pm on Making for Social Good, and I’m *hoping* to interview her afterwards, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s a lovely photo of a little girl making fruit light up – as you do at Maker Faire.

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It's Tomorrow! 24 Hours to Go Until #BMMF2013

It’s the day before Brighton Maker Faire, but to us it may as well be Christmas Eve. As always, after months of preparation and anticipation, when the day finally comes along, there’s something totally surreal and magical about it all. Just like children poking the stocking at the end of their bed with their toes, we’ve been eagerly reading all the makers’ tweets and blog posts about their preparations, keen to discover what amazing and outlandish toys we can unwrap to play with tomorrow. And you’d better believe we’ll be up at the crack of dawn, searching for those metaphorical chocolate coins.

But just like Christmas, the biggest joy of the occasion is in the giving of joy to others, and so we invite you to share in our excitement and get a cheeky preview of some of the makerly delights in store for you over the weekend…

The Essential Info

Saturday: The main interactive exhibition is on Saturday from 10am-5pm. This takes place across the Corn Exchange and Dome Foyer bar, and you can still buy tickets on the door (but you might have to queue). Adult tickets are £5, but under 16s get in for free. Cash only.

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Meet the Maker: Lewis Sykes

Meet Lewis Sykes, creator of the Augmented Tonoscope, which you can see at the interactive exhibition on Saturday 7th September at the Corn Exchange. Lewis will also be running a workshop on Sunday 8th September, exploring the science of sound and showing you how to create your own cymatic device.

What kind of maker are you?
I’m a media artist and musician, currently in the final year of a PhD at Manchester Met. I make physical artworks and instruments that explore the relationship between sound and vision.

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Meet the Maker: Chanchala Ariyaratne

In the first of our ‘Meet the Maker’ previews, we talk to steampunk jewellery maker and general tinkerer, Chanchala Ariyaratne. Chanchala and her husband Rob will bring a new project, Irregular As Clockwork, to Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013.

What kind of maker are you?
We’re two makers – Rob (my husband) & Chanchala (me!). We love making fun stuff and love to spend our free time (which is very limited) making interesting and quirky things! I run a small craft business through which I sell my handmade jewellery, accessories & homewares (very Steampunk inspired & incorporating broken & upcycled materials). Rob has very little time for making but he’s made some crazy robots and we’ve been inspired by previous Mini Maker Faires, and been lucky enough to participate as Makers.

I’m basically the kind of Maker who would take my Dremel on holiday with me if it fitted in my suitcase. Rob’s making mostly involves computer modeling and programming, so it’s a little more portable!

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Meet the Sponsors: School of Education at the University of Brighton

One of the things we want to do at Brighton Mini Maker Faire is maker more makers. We love it when kids, parents, teachers, schools and other educational institutions get involved. So this year, we’re chuffed to have a new sponsor, the School of Education at the University of Brighton. Over to Jo to introduce themselves.

The School of Education at the University of Brighton is delighted to sponsor the Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013. We are widely recognised for the quality of our initial teacher training, continuing professional development and research opportunities in education. We work closely with over 450 schools and colleges and a number of professional bodies, and according to the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted, 2010), we are one of the outstanding institutions in the country for the study of education. In the recent National Student Survey results (NSS 2013), the University of Brighton maintained its high position of overall student satisfaction.

As one of the largest leading providers of initial teacher training, we offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that enable our students to train to teach across all age phases and subjects:

  • Primary (3-11 years)
  • Keystage 2/3 (7-14 years)
  • Secondary (11-18 years): art and design, biology, chemistry, computer science, dance, design and technology, English, geography, modern foreign languages, physics, physics with Mathematics, physical education and religious studies
  • Further education

Come and meet us at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013. During this event you will be able to chat to our tutors, current and former students, and try out high tech equipment from our workshops (including 3D printers and robots).

Find out more about the School of Education on the web or on Twitter.

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Win Tickets to Brighton Maker Faire with our Sponsors, Create

Guest post by Create

Brighton Mini Maker Faire sponsor Create is excited to launch a crafty competition ‘Look What I Made’, to get kids making, creating, drawing, building, inventing and having fun in August!

What you can win

Create has five pairs of tickets to Brighton Mini Maker Faire, five sets of 50 free business cards from Moo and one full year’s subscription to Create’s website builder up for grabs.

How to enter

Here’s what you need to do to stand a chance of winning this fun competition:

1) Take a photograph of your child with something awesome they’ve made. It could be a picture, a model, a contraption, even a fort! High-resolution photos are best.

2) Send an email to with the photo attached, including the child’s name, their age, where you are from and a description of the creation in the picture.

3) Create will be putting together a gallery of the creations received at its Facebook page and will send you an email with a link to the photo on Facebook. If you ‘Like’ Create on Facebook you’ll be among the first to see updates on the competition!

4) Promote your Facebook photo as much as possible! ‘Like’ it, comment on it, share it, tweet it, tell everyone you know! To get some extra reach, just add the hashtag #LookWhatIMade and don’t forget to tag @create and @MakerFaireBTN.

5) When the competition closes at 23:59 on Monday 26th August, the photos will be judged by the Create team. The five winners will receive two pairs of tickets to Brighton Mini Maker Faire and a discount code for 50 free (not inc. shipping) business cards from Moo. The overall winner will also receive a year’s free subscription to Create.

6) Create will announce the winners on Wednesday 28th August through its Facebook and Twitter profile.


Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter is Create Internet Ltd, Unit 5 Westergate Business Centre, Westergate Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 4QN.

2. The promotion is only open to UK residents aged 18 or over, excluding employees of Create Internet Ltd and its agents.

3. The Promoter’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.

4. The Promoter reserves the right to offer alternative prizes of equal value if, due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control, the stated prizes are no longer available. No cash or other alternatives to the prizes are available.

5. By entering the competition and submitting their images and details to Create, entrants agree that these images and details can be published on the Create website, in its press releases, on its Twitter stream at, on its related online platforms and on the online platforms and press releases of its partner, Brighton Mini Maker Faire.

6. By entering winners agree that if they win they will participate in any reasonable publicity arranged by The Promoter or its agencies.

7. By entering the competition, entrants agree to be bound by these rules and by any other additional rules and requirements set out in the competition’s promotional material. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the prize. No correspondence will be entered into.

8. Each entrant is entitled to a maximum of one entry to each competition.

9. The Promoter or its agencies accept no responsibility for any loss, injury or damage suffered through acceptance of the prize.

10. The Promoter or its agencies will not be responsible for the non-inclusion of entries as a result of technical failures or otherwise, including any such failure which is within the control of The Promoter or its agencies. Proof of submission of entry is not proof of receipt of entry.

11. The Promoter reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering or to have tampered with the running of the competition, or to be acting in violation of these terms and conditions.

12. To the full extent permitted by law the Promoter will not accept liability for any loss, damage, injury or death arising from this promotion beyond its reasonable control.

13. The promotion shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales.

14. The competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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