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

Specs

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

Timing

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

Fees

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.

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

Articles
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 http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/makers-2013/ between 13th May and 7th June.

Other volunteers and educators who’d like to be involved should get in touch here: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/volunteer/

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.

Thanks!

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