Makers are cool

Today was (hopefully the first) Brighton Mini Maker Faire.

Now, I may have aspirations to creativity myself, but the truth is that the artists and inventors who took (and deserved) an exhibition space at the Faire were all truly amazing people.

From Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2011

It was my intent to record a travelogue/podcast for Hacker Public Radio at the event, but as it happened, the background noise was not in my favour. I’ve shared a bunch of photos on Picasa[1] instead. They were all taken with a phone (albeit one with a pretty decent camera) so I’m sure better images and videos will emerge around the interwebs.

Aside: it must be about 10 years since I’ve been to Brighton, and although it was a fantastic day to be by the coast, as a driver I found the city to be maddening… although part of that definitely comes down to the accuracy of TomTom and other maps in navigating the one-way systems.

So… a Maker Faire. What’s one of those? well, basically, the concept is that of an event showcasing the creative talents of “Makers” – inventors and craftspeople, innovators:

Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, and now expanding to Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots innovation. Held annually in each of these locations, the event may expand elsewhere in the future. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine and O’Reilly Media.

There was a big Maker Faire in Newcastle last year, but the Brighton “mini” event was certainly easier for me to get to!

Hopefully the photo gallery tells more of a story than I’m able to do justice to here, but I’ll summarise. It was a really fantastic day, and I’m glad I went. Some of my highlights and comments, in no order whatsoever:

Thanks to everyone involved in making the Brighton Mini Maker Faire happen (and apologies that I didn’t discover it in time to volunteer to help) – the sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff at the Brighton Dome. I had a great time.

Final note: if you were there and you’ve posted coverage of the event, don’t forget to add a link to the Lanyrd page – it is open to anyone (well, those with Twitter accounts) and it helps to link all the content together :-)

[1] Why Picasa all of a sudden, not Flickr? well, it is primarily down to the fact that I took all of the photos on my HTC Sensation today, and the Google+ app uploaded them automatically… making it fairly simple to create and share an album in Picasa. I’ve not posted about G+ here so far, but you may have noticed the link to my profile in the blog sidebar. I still far prefer Flickr, with all of the features and superior usability it offers, but in this case Google Photos/Picasa/Plus/Whatever just made it simpler.

11 responses to “Makers are cool

  1. Nice article, sounds like a really fun exhibit.

    Any LOGO running on those BBCs?

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  3. Andy – thanks for a great write-up. I know how long it takes to pull all those links together. Good tip also about the Lanyrd page.

    We’re also collecting coverage at a Tumblr here:

    http://makerfairebrighton.tumblr.com/

    On Flickr here:

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/bmmf

    On Facebook here:

    http://facebook.com/brightonMakerFaire

    And of course on our website here:

    http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/

    • You might consider making the Tumblr into a submission-based site – you can still retain approval to ensure that only the things that are related to #bmmf end up on it. It’s a nice visual stream, which is an advantage over Lanyrd I suppose :-)

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