Call for project write-ups

For this year’s event, we’ll be producing a small zine to help people get started on some simple maker projects.

Update: We made it! More here…

It will feature a few easily-accessible projects across a range of tech and craft types, from fabric crafts to simple electronics, using materials and tools that are easy to find, cheap or free, or recycling stuff you may already have around you. They might be projects you can do alone, or in your school, with your kids (or your parents). Maybe useful stuff, maybe just fun.

It will also have some pointers to essential online resources to help people get started making, and articles on the maker spirit, and why we enjoy it so much.

We’ve always seen Brighton Mini Maker Faire as a spark to ignite making in as many people as possible. We love it when people come to the event, and go away feeling like they’ve discovered a whole new world. We want them to take that feeling home and make something. But jumping from inspiration to action isn’t always easy. We all need a little help to get started on something new (or to re-discover something old). The zine (along with the workshop programme we’re developing) is part of that. You can read more about the inspiration for the zine, and some of our creative ideas, over on my blog.

To make it happen, we need great project ideas and write-ups. That’s where you come in. We want you to submit your ideas for a project that you can write up, in an engaging and accessible format. We also want to hear from anyone else who can support us with illustrations, photography, distribution or sponsorship.

Brief for writers


  • 500 – 1,500 words
  • Ideally with high-quality photography for key steps (but we may be able to help with this)


  • Send in your project ideas: Now — 10th June
  • Deadline for completed write-ups: 15th July


We will pay writers a (modest) fee for original submissions.

Project guidance

Uses readily available materials: recycled or free, or cheap to buy, and not requiring special expensive tools
For example, for electronics projects, we’d rather they made use of a toy from a high-street shop, that needed a special order from an online component supplier with a minimum £20 order.)

Beginner-level difficulty
We’re looking for a range, so not everything has to be do-able by a 7 year old. But if your project assumes some level of skill, provide links to places where readers can pick up that skill.

Any age
It could be something aimed at kids, or grown-ups. Or something for families to do together.

Leads on to something more challenging
What could someone who made this make next? Is there a website where people share projects like this, or a meetup group or a book they should read?

Any kind of make
We want to represent a broad range of interests, materials, skills and crafts. The exceptions are projects that are already well-served by mainstream magazines – if there’s a magazine about your kind of project on the shelves of WH Smith, we don’t need to cover it here.

It can be something useful, or something silly. So long as you enjoy writing about it, and others enjoy making it.

We’re also looking for articles on making as a hobby or culture. Why kids should be taught to be makers in schools, or how you’ve made things together as a family. All the great materials you’ve found in skips, why you love LEDs, or your collection of hot glue guns or sewing machines. What inspired you to become a maker, or people you’ve known who had the maker spirit. Inspire us!

How to contribute

Read the guidance above, and send in your ideas using the form below. Any questions, leave a comment on this post.

This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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If You Make It, They Will Come!

Calling Makers of All Varieties to Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013

Yes, it’s that time of year again: The third annual Brighton Mini Maker Faire is on the horizon and we’re on the lookout for makers of every sort to help us create an even more mind-blowingly eclectic, enlightening and awe-inspiring event. If you think this could be you, read on…

Last year over 7,000 people of all ages came to Brighton’s Corn Exchange to experience a vast range of makers showing off their skills and projects, at one of the biggest Maker Faires in the country. You can read more about exactly what happened by listening to last year’s live podcasts or watching the official video.

Because it was so popular, we’ve decided to extend the event over two days this year, and will be running even more in-depth workshops and talks, so that our visitors can get more involved, learn more skills and have an even more memorable and rewarding time.

We’re looking for Makers, Educational Facilitators and other volunteers for this year’s event on 7th & 8th September. Whether you want to show off a project, teach skills to others, run a workshop or just help out, we’d love to hear from you.  A ‘Maker’ can be anyone who makes things and wants to share it with others. This could include…

Electronics | Building | Coding | Learning & Discovery  | Machines & Tools |Woodworking | Engineering | Food Hacking | Science Experiments | Education | Robotics | Lego | Metalworking | Audio Inventions | Fine Arts | Musical Makes | Games | Alternative Energy | Cosplay & LARPing | Rocketry | Needlecrafts | Bushcraft | Upcycling | Wearables | Steampunk | Model Vehicles | Sculpture | Jewellery Making | Printmaking | Glassmaking | Papercrafts | Alternative Transport | Biohacking

…and any other type of making you can think of!

Interested? You can apply to be a maker at between 13th May and 7th June.

Other volunteers and educators who’d like to be involved should get in touch here:

If you’re reading this and aren’t a maker, but know people who are, please help us connect with them by forwarding this post to them, or connecting us to them via Twitter (we’re @MakerFaireBTN).

And if you still need convincing, here’s what others have said about Brighton Mini Maker Faire:

“The event was incredible fun…I have never manned such a busy stall, talked to so many people or got so much positive feedback about what I was doing.” Emily Wright, maker

“Seeing kids faces light up as they learn to make stuff is just fantastic, especially when they then want to do more” Neil Ford, volunteer

“Brighton Mini Maker Faire is wonderful. Literally full of wonders.” Kerry Turner, visitor


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Call to makers

Open now. Apply here.

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Meet the sponsors: Create

Helping new customers of all agesBrighton Mini Maker Faire is only made possible by the community of visitors, volunteers, makers and sponsors that support us. We’re particularly grateful to our early-stage sponsors; people who enable us to do important things like securing a venue, which we have to many months in advance of the event. Without our sponsors, there wouldn’t be a Brighton Mini Maker Faire in 2013. So we’re super-happy to have our friends at Create supporting us again. They had a great time in 2012 and they’re back for more. Over to Becky to explain more…

Create.Create had an incredible time sponsoring and exhibiting at Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012. Seeing so much creativity, craftsmanship and innovation in one building left our team really inspired. We’re hugely looking forward to getting involved this year.

What we love about the Faire is that it brings together a huge group of people from all over the country to really show off what inventiveness and ingenuity Britain has to offer. Our economy lies in the hands of those willing to create original and exciting solutions to everyday problems, and as a company that works to support anyone who wants to turn a special interest into a viable online business, sponsoring the Faire gives us the opportunity to spread that support to a vibrant community of homemade businesses just waiting to happen.

Of course, sponsoring Brighton Mini Maker Faire doesn’t just mean you get to support local makers and geniuses in what they do, but you also get to bring something unique to what’s already a pretty unique selection. We won’t give anything away just yet, but what we’ve got planned will be interactive, fun and memorable.

Create looks forward to sponsoring Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013 and meeting you at the event. Be sure to pop by, say hello and come see what we do.

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Launching Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2013

We’ve been busy over the last few months getting plans underway for another awesome Mini Maker Faire in September 2013. Now it’s time to open it up and bring more people into the fold.

We’ll be having a kickoff meeting on 27th March at 7.00pm.

Update: the venue is upstars, at the Victory Pub, Middle Street.

Please come along if you’re interested in finding out more about Brighton Mini Maker Faire, or you’d like to be involved.

That means:

  • Potential organisers
  • Volunteers
  • Sponsors
  • Curious onlookers
  • Makers or would-be makers
  • Potential musicians, performers or speakers
  • Students and those involved in education
  • Film-makers and photographers

Things we’ll talk about:

  • An update on what we’ve done so far, and our plans for the 2013 event
  • Marketing, blogging and social media support
  • Workshop ideas for Sunday
  • Makers we’d like to invite, or ideas from makers who’d like to do something
  • Volunteers for on-the-day, or organisational, tasks
  • Crowd-funding ideas

It will be an informal meetup. We’ll do a bit of talking, and either open it up for discussion, or, if there are a lot of people, collect ideas and contact details for people who want to be involved.

Venue will be confirmed once we have an idea of numbers, so please send an email to [email protected], or leave a comment below with your contact details, if you’ll be coming.


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#BMMF in tweets

Brighton Mini Maker Faire by YOU!

We’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer volume and enthusiasm of all the online activity today. Here are just a few highlights from updates by YOU the public, plus a few from our makers and volunteers. Thanks to everyone who came, supported and cheered for Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012!

Storified by Maker Faire Brighton · Sat, Sep 08 2012 09:59:26

Cavendish students were awesome in front of a fabulous #bmmf maker audience #soproud WELL DONE GuysDonna Comerford
Check out @TwitBeeb – BBC Micro terminal onto @Raspberry_Pi for tweeting! #bmmf @makerfairebtn Piper
Absolutely brilliant #brighton Mini Maker Faire – so many amazing projects+people. What a fantastic event – thanks @MakerFaireBTN #bmmfMichelle Pauli
RT @lmjabreu: Brighton Mini Maker Faire #bmmf @ Brighton Dome Faire Brighton
@JoeBaguley @andypiper Brilliant day in Brighton. Arduinos, Plotters and Daleks, oh my! Good to see so many BBC Micros at #bmmf JΞЯΞMУ ЯΔУИΞЯ
Robo-xylo @ #BMMF @ Brighton Mini Maker Faire Stacey
Seeing kids faces light up as they learn to make stuff is just fantastic, especially when they then want to do more #bmmfNeil C Ford
I love it when mum gets to make something too! #bmmf Thompson
Brighton Mini Maker Faire is wonderful. Literally full of wonders. #bmmfKerry Turner
360 view of the Brighton Mini Maker Faire #bmmf Abreu
Technology Will Save Us #bmmf #brighton @ Brighton Dome Abreu
RT @mockduck: Maker Faire is soo cool. @ Brighton Dome #bmmfMaker Faire Brighton
The Brighton Mini Maker Faire is darn life-affirming. So many excited children, excited adults. Ogle
Amazing time at the #BMMF! If you are in Brighton today you should absolutely go to the Dome to check out the @MakerFaireBTNNatalie Downe
So glad I came to the awesome (and huge!) @MakerFaireBTN . Filled with amazing stuff. Mitchell

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Brighton Mini Maker Faire Live Blogging


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…


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…


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!

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…

Photo by Tatyana Kildisheva


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…

Photo by Tatyana Kildisheva


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…


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…

Photo by Tatyana Kildisheva

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Tomorrow is the Big Day

The Night Before Brighton Mini Maker Faire

As the buzz builds ahead of tomorrow’s Mini Maker Faire, we thought we’d share some of the excitement that’s bouncing around online. To say that people are a bit giddy would be an understatement!

Storified by Maker Faire Brighton · Fri, Sep 07 2012 11:13:10

Weird and wonderful inventions on display | Meridian – ITV NewsThe start of this weekend’s Mini-Maker Fair in Brighton heralds the arrival of some of the weirdest and wonderful new inventions to be cr…
Evidence of a heroic all-nighter on the laser-cutter by @talkingjazz for @MakerFaireBTN. Way cool maker lanyards Faire Brighton
RT @MalcolmNapier1: 3d2ring #3dprint at #bmmf. We have nearly got something to print on Saturday. More details at h …alan cocks
@MakerFaireBTN Somewhere is this box is a #RaspberryPi ready for some computer vision @ #bmmf on the #BrightonPi stand Hills
Tomorrow is the Brighton Mini Maker Faire Sat 8 September. Free event with activities for all ages @MakerFaireBTN #bmmfBrightonHoveCouncil
Discover the science behind hot air balloons and make your own with us @MakerFaireBTN in Brighton on Saturday #bmmfScience Museum
Create will be at Brighton Mini Maker Faire tomorrow, helping you get your site started – when we’re not playing with robots, that is #bmmfcreate.
RT @andrewsleigh: It’s @bbcsussex’s @dannypike on the Scalexercise, breaking a sweat for @MakerFaireBTN Sussex
Alright gang! Who’s going to Brighton Mini Maker faire tomorrow? Hands up!
@MakerFaireBTN packed and ready to set up #BMMF
The Hackspace Big Band will perform this Saturday at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire. Come and say hi! Hack Space
OH: "It’s like Christmas with soldering irons" @meeware on the pre #bmmf excitementMaker Faire Brighton
Etch a sketch with me @MakerFaireBTN #bmmfChanchala
Cameras going to Brighton Maker Faire. #bmmf Livingston

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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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Meet the Maker: Nomadic Sound System

Last year at Brighton Mini Maker Faire there were a fair few musical makes dotted around the place, from the Blipbox to a subsonic submarine to a stringless ukelele. This year we wanted to do a bit more with the audio potential of some of our makers, and will be utilising them for the after party as well as the main event.

One of these musical makers is Ben Newland, whose Nomadic Sound System can best be described as an electronic marching band made from portable speakers. It creates new ways for people to interact with sound, and looks pretty cool, too!

Here’s Ben talking about his project:

Be Part of the Nomadic Sound System at Brighton Mini Maker Faire

We need to find nine participants to wield the portable speakers at the Maker Faire after party. It’s really easy and doesn’t require any musical or performing ability whatsoever, but would probably suit people who enjoy taking part in slightly mad events (!) and are comfortable interacting with members of the public.

Participants will need to be available for a rehearsal for 1-2 hours on the Friday evening before the Maker Faire (Friday 7th September), and then for the performance itself from 7pm to 8:45pm on Saturday 8th September (this includes 1 hour for set-up and 45 minutes of actual performing). For the first 30 minutes of the performance they will be walking around the New Road / Pavilion Gardens areas helping to draw in the crowd for the party, then there will be a 15 minute performance in the Dome itself. Afterwards you’d get to enjoy the rest of the after party for free!

If you fancy yourself as a member of a cutting edge technological marching band, then get in touch with our party organiser Emma: emma [at] ejosullivan [dot] com or tweet us @MakerFaireBTN.

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