After an intense set up session last night that was made more enjoyable by the provision of ale and pizza, Brighton’s second ever Maker Faire has kicked off at the Corn Exchange this morning. We have over 60 makers showing their projects, as well as workshops and talks going on all day.
Already the buzz is incredible, and we’re trending on Twitter! I caught up with some teachers from local schools just before they started their beginners’ coding workshop. Here’s a quick podcast of our chat…
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We’re in full swing, and the workshops are selling out. I talked to Greg from Technology Will Save Us right before the DIY speaker workshop started…
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In the midst of all the mayhem, we dispatched lunch parcels to our volunteers and makers, to keep them going for the afternoon. I chatted to a gang of volunteers and organisers who were hanging out in the kitchen awaiting their fuel!
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After lunch I visited the popular Noisy Table exhibit, an enhanced ping pong table that makes sounds as you play. Here are inventors Will and Jason chatting about their creation…
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Some of the most popular workshops of the day have been from the Science Museum, who’ve been teaching kids how to make a chair out of cardboard and creating and launching hot air balloons. Here’s one of the outreach coordinators talking about what goes on in the workshops…
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I’m sitting in our media hub, listening to the sound of enthusiastic applause coming from the Mini Maker Talks that are currently going on next door in the Founder’s Room. Before they started, I managed to grab two of the speakers for a quick chat…
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It’s all over. Well for the daytime at least. As the crowds started departing from the venue, I did the last interview of the day, with Mike Challis, who told me all about his Conductable project…
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