Maggie Philbin and Bill Thompson to Chair Debates at Brighton Maker Faire Mini Conference

Since announcing the makers for this year”s Maker Faire, we”ve been busy working on another exciting layer of the event – the mini conference. This programme of talks and debates runs alongside the main exhibition day on Saturday, and is a way for makers and those passionate about making to share their knowledge, ideas and opinions with the audience.

We couldn’t be happier about this year’s speaker line-up, which includes high profile names from TV and radio alongside acclaimed artists and makers. From conductive paint, digital pyrotechnics, toys of the future, and 3D printing, to the Raspberry Pi phenomenon and the art of metalworking, the conference will address the latest thinking in the world of makers, and give you – the audience – the opportunity to ask questions and get involved.

Maggie Philbin, presenter of BBC TV programme Bang Goes the Theory and Founder of Teen Tech, will chair a debate about ‘Making for Social Good’, exploring how the spirit of Maker Faires could be transferred into the school curriculum and whether the government’s latest proposal to get five year olds into programming is a step too far.

Bill Thompson, BBC News Online Technology columnist, pundit and presenter of BBC radio programme Click, will chair a debate about ‘The 3D printing revolution’, to find out whether the hype around this industry casino online is justified and whether it does have the potential to trigger the return of the cottage industry.

For Willard Foxton, a TV producer and journalist, this might be one of the last debates he takes part in. In 2012, he issued a challenge that the first person to 3D print a firearm was welcome to shoot him with it. Later this year he’ll travel to Texas to make good on that promise. His scepticism might have gotten him into serious trouble, but hopefully his wit will help him survive the trip to the US.

Another highlight will be a talk from award-winning digital artist Seb Lee-Delisle, who is the brains behind the famous PixelPyros – a digital fireworks display projected onto a large screen, which the audience controls with their bodies through motion detection sensors.

Jon Mills, one of the most influential UK makers of the last 30 years, will talk about his career as a metalworking artist, and, as age has caught up with him, the emergence of his alter ego “Mr Watt Grumpy Man of Metal”.

The conference is a great opportunity to hear from those on the cutting edge of the maker community and is guaranteed to give you some fantastic dinner party conversation starters! You might also pick up a few tips and tricks from the people behind famous arts or maker projects and innovative start-up companies.

Entry to the conference is included in the ticket price for the main Maker Faire, so grab yours before they run out! Tickets are on sale here: www.makerfairebrighton.com/tickets

You can find the full running order of talks and debates with background information about speakers and panellists here: www.makerfairebrighton.com/talks

Where?

Founders Room at the Corn Exchange

When?

11am-5pm, Saturday 7 September

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Call for Volunteers – Be Part of the Brighton Maker Faire 2013 Team

Over two years of Maker Faires, our visitors and guests have consistently told us how much they love the event, and the secret ingredient that has made it so amazing is our army of of enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate helpers. With seven weeks to go until the 2013 event, now is the time to make that call – We need you! We”re looking for volunteers who can give us a day or two of their time to help with logistics, ticketing and information, assisting and feeding/watering makers, and also people with educational experience to help visitors understand the more complex projects. You can Sign up here, or read on for more info…

An educational interpreter and Maker together at the 2012 Faire

Educational Interpreters work alongside Makers, getting under the skin of the Makes, and helping all our visitors get the most from the day's experiences.

We”ve a range of roles that we need some help with. If you have a background as an educator or in science communication, you might want to try being one of our Educational Interpreters – bedding in with a Maker team for the day, and helping visitors understand the principles of the science and engineering in the Make. We”ll run some sessions ahead of the weekend sharing best practice in story telling and communication, so casino pa natet not only is this a brilliant way to get really into the heart of the Maker Faire, you could even learn some great new skills.

If you want a bit more freedom to roam around in a volunteering role, then you may want to be one of our logistics helpers. Ensuring that the Makers have the support they need to set up, and stay fed and watered is a crucial part of the event, and one we are consistently thanked for putting so much effort into. If you”re helping out in this area there”s a good chance you”ll be working closely with dozens of makers, and of course helping any visitors in your area with queries. You could end up covering for a short while on a stand too (if you”re comfortable with that) as the call of nature must be answered!

As a ticketed event this year, we”ll have a much busier front desk, so we”ll need volunteers to help here with information, timetables, directions and more general enquiries. Since we expect this to be pretty intense, a good sized team here will be essential. We”ll make sure everyone gets enough breaks to explore the Faire themselves – after all, you need to know what you”re talking about. All the volunteers will get free entry into the event, will be provided with refreshments and (once we have tidied up!), have free entry into our extraordinary after party.

So, tell your friends, students/teachers, colleagues- we need volunteers, and we need a lot. You really are the secret ingredient to the best Maker Faire, so come and join us! More information, and the sign up, on the Volunteers page.

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Line-up and Tickets for Brighton Maker Faire 2013

For the third year in a row, I have the great pleasure and privilege of sharing with you some of the treats that are in store for visitors to the Brighton Mini Maker Faire in September. I hope that once you’ve read this, you’ll be as excited as me, and will rush to buy your ticket before they’re all snapped up.

If you thought you couldn’t get any more exciting than last year’s giant Scalextric track powered by cross-trainers or the ping pong table that made soundscapes as you played, then get a load of these babies. A giant knitting robot, laser printed trains, a 3D body scanner, and a social media powered photobooth are just some of the highlights we’ve got lined up for the event in September.

For those who haven’t been before, Brighton Mini Maker Faire brings together makers of all kinds – from arts and crafts, to technology, engineering and electronics, to DIY, woodworking and metalworking – to demonstrate and share their craft, and allow visitors to have a go at making something themselves. We always try to create an event with as much diversity and breadth as possible, so that everyone who attends can find something to delight and inspire them.

Because the event has been such a success for the past two years, this year we’ve decided to run it over two days, with the usual interactive exhibition on the Saturday and a day of more in-depth bookable workshops on the Sunday, to give people more opportunity to really get under the skin of making something. Here’s a bit more detail on each day…

Saturday 7th September – Interactive Exhibition at the Corn Exchange, 10am-5pm

£5 (£3 early bird booking for adults until 31st July), kids FREE (with ticket)

On Saturday we’ll have a similar format to previous years, with hands-on stalls, inspiring talks and mini making sessions for all ages. To give you a flavour, here are just a few of the things you can expect to see…

Break the Mould – an interactive installation where visitors can get a 3D print-out of themselves
Agnes Robotknit – a life sized humanoid knitting robot who can knit by hand like a person
Thonk – learn how to make your own suitcase synthesiser
Laser-scanned, 3D Printed Trains – 3D printed model train kits
Robots for Everyone – how to make your own robot from bits you have around the house
Recycled Paper Books – a workshop where you can make a new book out of an old magazine
The Marvellous Mechanical Yarn Emporium – draw it, scan it, knit it!
The Great Leathercraft Revival – come and make your own belt, dog collar or iPad case
Socsnap – a Raspberry Pi based photo booth
Sock Monsters – bring a pair of old socks and turn them into a monster

For the complete line-up, visit the Maker page.

Sunday 8th September – Workshops at the Dome Foyer & Bar

Ticket prices vary per workshop
On Sunday we’ll be laying on more in-depth making sessions where you can book in advance to learn new skills and make something useful, artistic or outlandish, including robotics, printmaking, stained glass, felt-making and up-cycling. Stay tuned for more details and links to book for these.

Spread the word

Help us make this year’s event a big success once again, by sharing this post with your friends and contacts. You can namecheck us on Twitter, we’re @makerfaireBTN, or invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Get your ticket for Saturday now while the earlybird tickets last:

Eventbrite - Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013

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Last Call for 2013 Makers – Applications Close This Friday

This week is your last chance to put in an application if you want to be a maker at Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013, because our call to makers closes on Friday (7th June). We’ve had some great applications so far, and are super excited about how this year’s event looks likely to shape up, but we know there are still other amazing makers out there who could help make it even bolder and better than the last two years.

If you are one of those still deliberating on whether to apply, or this is the first you’ve heard about it, here are the top five reasons we think you’ll love being a Maker at Brighton Mini Maker Faire:

1. Share your passion – In our experience, most makers are highly passionate people who can enthuse endlessly on their chosen skill or craft. Maker Faire gives you an amazingly receptive audience to do this with, in one of the most passionate environments you could imagine.

2. Inspire young minds – A lot of kids and young adults come to Maker Faire, and are deeply inspired by what they discover there. Your presence at Maker Faire could be instrumental in striking up a lifelong interest in someone who may go on to be as skilled and passionate as you one day. Wow.

3. Meet other makers – It’s a very sociable event, where you will meet likeminded people who love making, too. You may learn a new skill from a fellow maker, strike up beautiful friendships or make productive business connections. There will be beer afterwards, too.

4. Get feedback and new ideas – The nature of Maker Faire is much more interactive and hands-on than any traditional craft fair or tech show. You will find people eager to hear about your budding projects and to give you their thoughts and creative input on whatever you’re working on. Many of them will follow you on Facebook or Twitter afterwards, too, or want to visit your web site for more information.

5. Have fun (LOTS) – The main feedback we’ve had from previous makers and volunteers is that they have massively enjoyed being part of the event, and got a real buzz out of it. Most of them have applied to come back again, so they must really love it!

DO IT!

Whatever your making skill, passion or idea, we would love to have you on board for Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013. Don’t put it off any longer – get your application in here: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/makers-2013/ before Friday 7th June. That’s THIS Friday!

If you’re not a maker, but you know someone who is and might like to apply, please share this post with them.

A reminder of the event dates…
Main event: Saturday 7th September 2013, 10am to 5pm.
Workshops day: Sunday 8th September 2013, 10am to 5pm.

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Call for project write-ups

For this year’s event, we’ll be producing a small zine to help people get started on some simple maker projects.


Update: We made it! More here…


It will feature a few easily-accessible projects across a range of tech and craft types, 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.

It will also have some pointers to essential online resources to help people get started making, and articles on the maker spirit, and why we enjoy it so much.

We’ve always seen Brighton Mini Maker Faire as a spark to ignite making in as many people as possible. We love it when people come to the event, and go away feeling like they’ve discovered a whole new world. We want them to take that feeling home and make something. But jumping from inspiration to action isn’t always easy. We all need a little help to get started on something new (or to re-discover something old). The zine (along with the workshop programme we’re developing) is part of that. You can read more about the inspiration for the zine, and some of our creative ideas, over on my blog.

To make it happen, we need great project ideas and write-ups. That’s where you come in. We want you to submit your ideas for a project that you can write up, in an engaging and accessible format. We also want to hear from anyone else who can support us with illustrations, photography, distribution or sponsorship.

Brief for writers

Specs

  • 500 – 1,500 words
  • Ideally with high-quality photography for key steps (but we may be able to help with this)

Timing

  • Send in your project ideas: Now — 10th June
  • Deadline for completed write-ups: 15th July

Fees

We will pay writers a (modest) fee for original submissions.

Project guidance

Uses readily available materials: recycled or free, or cheap to buy, and not requiring special expensive tools
For example, for electronics projects, we’d rather they made use of a toy from a high-street shop, that needed a special order from an online component supplier with a minimum £20 order.)

Beginner-level difficulty
We’re looking for a range, so not everything has to be do-able by a 7 year old. But if your project assumes some level of skill, provide links to places where readers can pick up that skill.

Any age
It could be something aimed at kids, or grown-ups. Or something for families to do together.

Leads on to something more challenging
What could someone who made this make next? Is there a website where people share projects like this, or a meetup group or a book they should read?

Any kind of make
We want to represent a broad range of interests, materials, skills and crafts. The exceptions are projects that are already well-served by mainstream magazines – if there’s a magazine about your kind of project on the shelves of WH Smith, we don’t need to cover it here.

Inspiring
It can be something useful, or something silly. So long as you enjoy writing about it, and others enjoy making it.

Articles
We’re also looking for articles on making as a hobby or culture. Why kids should be taught to be makers in schools, or how you’ve made things together as a family. All the great materials you’ve found in skips, why you love LEDs, or your collection of hot glue guns or sewing machines. What inspired you to become a maker, or people you’ve known who had the maker spirit. Inspire us!

How to contribute

Read the guidance above, and send in your ideas using the form below. Any questions, leave a comment on this post.


This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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If You Make It, They Will Come!

Calling Makers of All Varieties to Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013

Yes, it’s that time of year again: The third annual Brighton Mini Maker Faire is on the horizon and we’re on the lookout for makers of every sort to help us create an even more mind-blowingly eclectic, enlightening and awe-inspiring event. If you think this could be you, read on…

Last year over 7,000 people of all ages came to Brighton’s Corn Exchange to experience a vast range of makers showing off their skills and projects, at one of the biggest Maker Faires in the country. You can read more about exactly what happened by listening to last year’s live podcasts or watching the official video.

Because it was so popular, we’ve decided to extend the event over two days this year, and will be running even more in-depth workshops and talks, so that our visitors can get more involved, learn more skills and have an even more memorable and rewarding time.

We’re looking for Makers, Educational Facilitators and other volunteers for this year’s event on 7th & 8th September. Whether you want to show off a project, teach skills to others, run a workshop or just help out, we’d love to hear from you.  A ‘Maker’ can be anyone who makes things and wants to share it with others. This could include…

Electronics | Building | Coding | Learning & Discovery  | Machines & Tools |Woodworking | Engineering | Food Hacking | Science Experiments | Education | Robotics | Lego | Metalworking | Audio Inventions | Fine Arts | Musical Makes | Games | Alternative Energy | Cosplay & LARPing | Rocketry | Needlecrafts | Bushcraft | Upcycling | Wearables | Steampunk | Model Vehicles | Sculpture | Jewellery Making | Printmaking | Glassmaking | Papercrafts | Alternative Transport | Biohacking

…and any other type of making you can think of!

Interested? You can apply to be a maker at http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/makers-2013/ between 13th May and 7th June.

Other volunteers and educators who’d like to be involved should get in touch here: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/volunteer/

If you’re reading this and aren’t a maker, but know people who are, please help us connect with them by forwarding this post to them, or connecting us to them via Twitter (we’re @MakerFaireBTN).

And if you still need convincing, here’s what others have said about Brighton Mini Maker Faire:

“The event was incredible fun…I have never manned such a busy stall, talked to so many people or got so much positive feedback about what I was doing.” Emily Wright, maker

“Seeing kids faces light up as they learn to make stuff is just fantastic, especially when they then want to do more” Neil Ford, volunteer

“Brighton Mini Maker Faire is wonderful. Literally full of wonders.” Kerry Turner, visitor

 

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Call to makers

Open now. Apply here.

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Meet the sponsors: Create

Helping new customers of all agesBrighton Mini Maker Faire is only made possible by the community of visitors, volunteers, makers and sponsors that support us. We’re particularly grateful to our early-stage sponsors; people who enable us to do important things like securing a venue, which we have to many months in advance of the event. Without our sponsors, there wouldn’t be a Brighton Mini Maker Faire in 2013. So we’re super-happy to have our friends at Create supporting us again. They had a great time in 2012 and they’re back for more. Over to Becky to explain more…


Create.Create had an incredible time sponsoring and exhibiting at Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012. Seeing so much creativity, craftsmanship and innovation in one building left our team really inspired. We’re hugely looking forward to getting involved this year.

What we love about the Faire is that it brings together a huge group of people from all over the country to really show off what inventiveness and ingenuity Britain has to offer. Our economy lies in the hands of those willing to create original and exciting solutions to everyday problems, and as a company that works to support anyone who wants to turn a special interest into a viable online business, sponsoring the Faire gives us the opportunity to spread that support to a vibrant community of homemade businesses just waiting to happen.

Of course, sponsoring Brighton Mini Maker Faire doesn’t just mean you get to support local makers and geniuses in what they do, but you also get to bring something unique to what’s already a pretty unique selection. We won’t give anything away just yet, but what we’ve got planned will be interactive, fun and memorable.

Create looks forward to sponsoring Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013 and meeting you at the event. Be sure to pop by, say hello and come see what we do.

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Launching Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013

We’ve been busy over the last few months getting plans underway for another awesome Mini Maker Faire in September 2013. Now it’s time to open it up and bring more people into the fold.

We’ll be having a kickoff meeting on 27th March at 7.00pm.

Update: the venue is upstars, at the Victory Pub, Middle Street.

Please come along if you’re interested in finding out more about Brighton Mini Maker Faire, or you’d like to be involved.

That means:

  • Potential organisers
  • Volunteers
  • Sponsors
  • Curious onlookers
  • Makers or would-be makers
  • Potential musicians, performers or speakers
  • Students and those involved in education
  • Film-makers and photographers

Things we’ll talk about:

  • An update on what we’ve done so far, and our plans for the 2013 event
  • Marketing, blogging and social media support
  • Workshop ideas for Sunday
  • Makers we’d like to invite, or ideas from makers who’d like to do something
  • Volunteers for on-the-day, or organisational, tasks
  • Crowd-funding ideas

It will be an informal meetup. We’ll do a bit of talking, and either open it up for discussion, or, if there are a lot of people, collect ideas and contact details for people who want to be involved.

Venue will be confirmed once we have an idea of numbers, so please send an email to info@makerfairebrighton.com, or leave a comment below with your contact details, if you’ll be coming.

Thanks!

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#BMMF in tweets

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Brighton Mini Maker Faire by YOU!

We’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer volume and enthusiasm of all the online activity today. Here are just a few highlights from updates by YOU the public, plus a few from our makers and volunteers. Thanks to everyone who came, supported and cheered for Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012!

Storified by Maker Faire Brighton · Sat, Sep 08 2012 09:59:26

Cavendish students were awesome in front of a fabulous #bmmf maker audience #soproud WELL DONE GuysDonna Comerford
Check out @TwitBeeb – BBC Micro terminal onto @Raspberry_Pi for tweeting! #bmmf @makerfairebtn http://pic.twitter.com/3xPxxIbFAndy Piper
Absolutely brilliant #brighton Mini Maker Faire – so many amazing projects+people. What a fantastic event – thanks @MakerFaireBTN #bmmfMichelle Pauli
RT @lmjabreu: Brighton Mini Maker Faire #bmmf @ Brighton Dome http://instagr.am/p/PUaRPQFDfx/Maker Faire Brighton
@JoeBaguley @andypiper Brilliant day in Brighton. Arduinos, Plotters and Daleks, oh my! Good to see so many BBC Micros at #bmmf JΞЯΞMУ ЯΔУИΞЯ
Robo-xylo @ #BMMF @ Brighton Mini Maker Faire http://instagr.am/p/PUg8jqsD4O/Lee Stacey
Seeing kids faces light up as they learn to make stuff is just fantastic, especially when they then want to do more #bmmfNeil C Ford
I love it when mum gets to make something too! #bmmf http://pic.twitter.com/7me7C40tClaire Thompson
Brighton Mini Maker Faire is wonderful. Literally full of wonders. #bmmfKerry Turner
360 view of the Brighton Mini Maker Faire #bmmf http://360.io/KPVPyYLuis Abreu
Technology Will Save Us #bmmf #brighton @ Brighton Dome http://instagr.am/p/PUak-aFDf5/Luis Abreu
RT @mockduck: Maker Faire is soo cool. @ Brighton Dome http://instagr.am/p/PT913djTpv/ #bmmfMaker Faire Brighton
The Brighton Mini Maker Faire is darn life-affirming. So many excited children, excited adults. http://instagr.am/p/PUOh63op6q/Matthew Ogle
Amazing time at the #BMMF! If you are in Brighton today you should absolutely go to the Dome to check out the @MakerFaireBTNNatalie Downe
So glad I came to the awesome (and huge!) @MakerFaireBTN . Filled with amazing stuff. http://pic.twitter.com/5UZOqjcJDominic Mitchell
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