This year’s Brighton Maker Faire included a Mini Conference in the Corn Exchange on Saturday 7th September. We recorded most of them, so if you couldn’t extract yourself from the main hall, you can watch them here.
Compere (11:00-14:00) Matt Locke
Founder of creative studio Storythings and The Story. He is former Head of Multiplatform Commissioning at Channel 4 and Head of Innovation for BBC New Media.
“The Makers of Things” is a fascinating series of short documentaries about the Society of Model and Experimental Engineers, a London-based organization of hobbyists and model engineers that was founded in 1898. Its members make everything from wooden furniture to miniature steam locomotives. Director Anne Hollowday will screen the films and talk through how the project came about.
Find out how Makers and Educators around the world are using conductive paint as a platform to experiment, engage and learn about electronics. Isabel will discuss how the material was developed from concept to reality, and how it’s being used to make electronics fun, accessible and creative!
From the early crude wire toys made at Art College, to the bridges and clock towers of recent years, Jon Mills 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”.
12:30-13:00 Seb Lee-Delisle, award-winning digital artist
Talk: Behind the scenes of PixelPyros
PixelPyros is a digital fireworks display projected onto a large screen, which the audience controls with their bodies, thanks to motion detection sensors. It was an opening spectacular at last year’s Brighton Digital Festival and it will be touring the country starting with Brighton on 28 September.
13:00-14:00 Debate Chaired by Maggie Philbin
Making for Social Good – How can creating and making improve society and help individuals grow? Can the spirit of Maker Faires be transferred into the school curriculum? Should the school curriculum include more making and creating type of classes and/or traditional crafts lessons to equip students with practical skills for life? Are proposals for the new school curriculum to get five year olds into programming a step too far?
Chair: Maggie Philbin, presenter of BBC TV programme Bang Goes the Theory, Founder of Teen Tech.
- Seb Lee-Delisle, award-winning digital artist and speaker. Seb combines his eye for design and animation with his understanding of maths and physics to give his work an extra flare. Seb’s games have pushed the boundaries of 3D and physics simulations in Flash.
- Clive Beale, director of Educational Development at Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and keyboard. He was a Computing/ICT teacher of 10 years up until recently and was also involved in the government’s curriculum reform.
- Jon Mills, blacksmith Artist. Born in 1959 into a family of Black Country metalworkers, steel was always in Jon Mills’ blood ~ engineering and jewellery workshops were a common place to be. 30 years after studying 3D Design, Mills still works alone, producing decorative iron commissions and one-off public artworks all over the country. His latest project is a children’s book “Mr Watt Grumpy Man of Metal”.
- Linda Sandvik, co-founder of Code Club, which gives kids a chance to learn through play, and explore their own ideas in code. Linda is a wannabe MacGyver, a developer by day, hacker by night, and part-time adventurer. She likes Tesla, bots, blimps & beams. Originally from Norway, she came to the UK a few years ago and never managed to leave.
- Branwen Lorigan has worked in arts education for over 20 years in the UK and New Zealand as an art teacher and an education programmes manager for the Artists Alliance, Ministry of Education (NZ) and Creative Partnerships . She currently works with Brighton & Hove City Council’s Economic Development team managing arts and creative industry projects.
- Norman Billingham, an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sussex and the former Chairman of the Society of Model and Experimental Engineers (SMEE), currently serving as their Programme Secretary.
Compere 14:00-17:00 Ant Miller
Ant is a Senior Research Manager in the BBC Research & Development team, and has run hackdays and the like across the UK. His interests include building representations of mathematical equations in Lego, losing rockets in trees, and turning Kubb baton on bow lathes.
Finalists in Young Rewired State, a nationwide festival of coding where young people from around the country come together to develop apps, websites and other digital products, will report about their projects.
14:30-15:00 Chris Thorpe, maker and founder of The Flexiscale Company, a UK startup making and printing 3D models of steam engines
Talk: Using 3D printing to make model kits of obscure things a bit more user centric.
All too often things in the more obscure corners of hobbies such as railway modelling don’t think about the end user much. We’ve been thinking and working on how we can fix this using 3D printing to create kits which feel friendly, like the ones we loved from our youth.
Raspberry Pi-s are popping up everywhere. Clive will talk about what makes the Raspberry Pi so popular, easily accessible and what the future holds for it.
The rise of smartphones and tablets coupled with the decline of traditional retailers is making the iPad the right place to sell the toys of the future. And custom 3D printing will let kids have products that no one else does — toys they design themselves.
16:00-17:00 Debate Chaired by Bill Thompson
The 3D printing revolution – will it change the way we create, manufacture, consume and recycle? Will it trigger the return of the cottage industry? How does the future of manufacturing look like post-peak oil and Chinese off shoring?
Chair: Bill Thompson, – BBC News Online Technology columnist, pundit and presenter of BBC radio programme Click
- Sylvain Preumont, Founder of iMakr, the world’s largest 3D Printing Store over 2 floors in Central London. Sylvain is a French Technology entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in new technology start-ups. In 2012, he launched iMakr.VC, a fund based in central London, dedicated to 3D-Printing technologies. iMakr.VC supports iMakr.com and MyMiniFactory.com, which is a platform of free original and unique 3D printable objects.
- Willard Foxton, Television Producer and Journalist, who writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman, and makes films for the BBC and Channel 4. 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. He’s one of the few mainstream technology journalists sceptical about 3D printing; he’s described it by saying “what the Microwave is to home cooking, the 3D printer is to manufacturing”.
- Alice Taylor is founder and CEO of Makielab, a toys and games company offering personalised 3D printed dolls and blended playful experiences for online and offline play. Previously a commissioning editor for Channel 4, and Vice President of Digital Content for BBC Worldwide, LA, Alice was named one of the Game Industry’s 100 Most Influential Women by Next Generation Magazine.
- Andrew Dent, co-founder of Faberdashery and the company’s technical director. Andrew has a Ph.D in Material Science and previously lectured in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath. During his time at Bath Andrew was a supervisor on the RepRap project, which launched the industry of low-cost, personal 3D printing. From this background, Andrew set about developing unique bioplastics to create the world class materials that are supplied by Faberdashery.
- Chris Thorpe, maker and founder of The Flexiscale Company, a small UK startup making and printing 3D models of steam engines – symbols of the first industrial revolution. Chris is a former research scientist who’s built bits of the web for the past twenty years with organisations from startup to government. He’s spent the last year understanding the components of making “Airfix-like” kits out of 3D scanning and printing.