One Week to Go Until Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012

Oh my. It’s nearly here. This time next week we’ll be inside a whirlwind of noisy, colourful, eye-opening, bonkers, brilliant, beautiful, bold and clever creations. We hope you will be there with us, too, getting inspired and involved. If you haven’t looked at the Makers page lately, I urge you to have a peek, as we’ve snuck in quite a few late additions since the initial announcement, like Cub Cola – makers of open source homebrewed cola, Noisy Table – musical ping pong, Spiro-scope – make a sound and light show controlled by your breathing, National Museum of Computing – who were a big hit with all ages last year, Welding Workshop – with Tim Hunkin, and more fun felting with Wrap a Brighton Rock.

There will be hands-on activities all over the Faire, as well as bookable workshops in their own separate spaces – including sessions with the Science Museum, Technology will Save Us and a Coding for Beginners class. For details of these, and to reserve a place on any of them in advance (highly advisable!), visit the Workshops page. We’ve also got a glittering lineup of speakers in the afternoon; you can find out about them here.

Tim Hunkin's Welding Workshop, photo by Barnoid

Behind the scenes, preparations are coming on a pace, with Amy and her gang busily painting signage and decor to add some more drama to the space, and the Build Brighton crew about to spend the weekend laser cutting our lanyards. Emma reported RSI due to cutting out a giant hand for the after party (I’m intrigued, are you?!), and is still looking for volunteers to be part of the Nomadic Sound System gig (tweet us if you’re up for it @MakerFaireBTN / @ejosully). Ant is liaising with our volunteer ‘Interpreters’ to match them up with makers (if you want to know more about that, have a read of his blog post on the Education programme from a couple of weeks back).

One of the biggest challenges of putting on a Maker Faire is fitting everyone in the venue and ensuring they have the space and resources they need to show off their projects to full effect. This has been a bit like a game of Tetris, shifting and slotting people about for the past few weeks, and moving things to accommodate late additions. Here are some of the team at Build Brighton last week pondering over the latest shuffle…

The only thing that remains is to get YOU the public through the doors next Saturday. Last year we had over 5,000 visitors, but with a bigger venue and many more activities going on this year, we’re hoping for twice that to turn up. So please help us by spreading the word to your networks and helping to build on the buzz over the next seven days. If you’re on Twitter, give us a plug using @MakerFaireBTN / #bmmf, or there’s a Facebook event and Lanyrd page where you can sign up and invite your friends and contacts. Entry to the main event is free, but if you want to continue into the evening with us, you’ll need to get yourself a ticket for the after party, so don’t forget to tell your friends about that, too. If you work in a pub/cafe/venue and can put up posters or flyers, let us know via Twitter or Facebook. Or you can print some yourself here.

We’ll be tweeting and blogging all the latest updates in the run up to next week’s extravaganza, so stay tuned to keep informed.

See you in a week!

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