Update: July 2013. Now that our makers are announced, and the listings for the mini conference and workshops are coming together, it’s time we rounded up the people who make the Brighton Maker Faire the wonderfully friendly and welcoming celebration that our makers and visitors enjoy so much- that’s right, you! The Volunteers!
As a community-run event, we’re looking for as many volunteers as we can to help make the day a superb event for all. We’ve two specific kinds of volunteers we’d like on the day, so take a look at the descriptions below and then fill in the form at the foot of this page, selecting the sort of volunteer you’d like to be at the 2013 Brighton Mini Maker Faire. We’ll be in touch as soon as possible to confirm that you’re on the team and with details about where and when we need you.
Note that as members of the Maker Faire team all volunteers will gain free entry to the Maker Faire and to the after party, and we’ll keep you fed and watered through the day. The more people we have pitching in, the more flexibility we’ll have and the greater opportunity for helpers to take a break and explore the faire too, so do tell your friends.
With up to 10,000 visitors coming through the doors and almost a hundred Makers large and small the logistics of this event are serious. We need people to help us with the set up early Saturday morning, and over the day Saturday to welcome visitors, provide information and guidance, to staff the reception desk and to provide support for the Makers. We’ll also need people to help out in the evening with the After Dark after-party, including helping bands get set up and break down at the end of the night. On Sunday we will need help in setting up the workshops, helping visitors find the session they are in, and supporting the workshop staff logistically. Our Helpers need to be reliable and safety conscious folk that can help ensure that the general public are safely stewarded around the place, and to tidy up any spills. And you’ll probably need a sense of humour too!
Some of the Makes we are showcasing have really quite complex principles behind them, so to help our visitors get the most from the day we are asking for volunteers with an educational or science communication background to work as ‘Interpreters’. Each Interpreter will work a four hour shift with a small group of Makers exploring the science and creativity on show, and helping visitors young and old get to grips with the show by explaining how the technology works and helping the makers with demos. In the weeks before the event we’ll hold sessions for volunteers sharing top tips from experts in science communication and story telling, and on the day you’ll spend an hour observing on the stand and getting to know your assigned maker before being asked to pitch in! It’ll be intense, but great fun, and you still have time to see the rest of the Faire.
If you have experience of working with kids or are an educator (particularly in the science/tech field) and think you could be one of our Interpreters, let us know in the form below. Or if you know someone who would be really great at this, please pass on the link and let them know we’re looking for help in this areas.
Helpers will need to be over 18.
We’re delighted to have a brilliantly an accessible venue for this event, and many of the helper roles are perfectly suitable for people who may have mobility or other challenges. We are open to the widest possible range of helpers and we’d be particularly interested in anyone who could help us with signing (BSL). Trained first aiders are always handy too.
If you’ve got any other questions about helping at Maker Faire, drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Ta!
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