Maker Faire is a brilliant opportunity to meet creative, resourceful and skilled people. This year we decided to run a series of talks by makers who will tell us about their creative process. How do they deal with problems? Where do they get their ideas from? How do they think through making? Whether you’re a veteran maker yourself, or just curious about how other people think you’re bound to be inspired.
Sharing their experiences and approaches with you will be:
Alice Taylor founded Makielab in March 2011 after 3 years commissioning games, apps and web TV shows for Channel 4. Alice loves games, has all the consoles, loves toys, nearly has all the toys.ALL THE TOYS. She has a four-year-old daughter who demands Space Pirate Boy Dolls (which is partially how MakieLab came about…).
Matt Webb is CEO at BERG, and co-founded the studio in 2005. BERG designs products for the near future. Mag+, the magazine concept with Bonnier AB, went on to become the first digital magazine platform on the iPad. Little Printer, the delightful Web-connected printer, creates miniature personalised newspapers, and is the first of BERG’s family of smart products for the home. In 2012, Fast Company included BERG in its annual list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. Matt is co-author of the book Mind Hacks (O’Reilly, 2004), a popular collection of explorations into the workings of the brain, and is a regular speaker on the inspirational role of design and technology in culture. He lives in London.
Leila Johnston recently completed a technology residency for the Happenstance Project at Sheffield’s Site Gallery. Before this, she worked full-time as a writer/inventor for a creative studio in London. She’s also a published author, comedy writer, journalist, speaker, event host, newspaper and magazine editor, and podcaster. She is the new Managing Editor of The Literary Platform and in her spare time is co-writing a mythological interspecies prison romance musical: “Minotaur!”
Code Club is a nation-wide network of after-school coding clubs form children aged 9-11. It has launched in April 2012 and has over 130 clubs starting in September this year. Clare Sutcliffe and Linda Sandvik be talking about how Code Club got started, the problems, fixes and flukes along the way and where they’re headed in the future.
Tom Armitage is a technologist, designer and writer; he makes things out of code, words, and the network. He will be talking about making things you don’t know how to make: “It turns out, of most of the things I’ve made, I didn’t know how to make when I started them, and I never thought I should be able to make them. When I finished them, neither of those statements were true.”
Students from Cavendish School will be talking about designing, developing and testing complex games. They have managed the projects themselves, receiving teaching on speciality software (delivered in some cases by peers) and project documentation. They will be joined by their teacher Donna Comerford.
Students from Dorothy Stringer school will talk about their adventures in coding and about taking part in hackdays, together with their teacher Genevieve Smith-Nunes.
Join us for an afternoon of great insights, followed by a short Q&A chaired by Matt Locke.
Speaking sessions will start at 3pm. Arrive in plenty of time to get a seat, as places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.