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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 http://pic.twitter.com/3xPxxIbFAndy 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 http://instagr.am/p/PUaRPQFDfx/Maker 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 http://instagr.am/p/PUg8jqsD4O/Lee 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 http://pic.twitter.com/7me7C40tClaire Thompson
Brighton Mini Maker Faire is wonderful. Literally full of wonders. #bmmfKerry Turner
360 view of the Brighton Mini Maker Faire #bmmf http://360.io/KPVPyYLuis Abreu
Technology Will Save Us #bmmf #brighton @ Brighton Dome http://instagr.am/p/PUak-aFDf5/Luis Abreu
RT @mockduck: Maker Faire is soo cool. @ Brighton Dome http://instagr.am/p/PT913djTpv/ #bmmfMaker Faire Brighton
The Brighton Mini Maker Faire is darn life-affirming. So many excited children, excited adults. http://instagr.am/p/PUOh63op6q/Matthew 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. http://pic.twitter.com/5UZOqjcJDominic 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 http://pic.twitter.com/ZttudmetMaker Faire Brighton
RT @MalcolmNapier1: 3d2ring #3dprint at #bmmf. We have nearly got something to print on Saturday. More details at http://ow.ly/dwDq1 h …alan cocks
@MakerFaireBTN Somewhere is this box is a #RaspberryPi ready for some computer vision @ #bmmf on the #BrightonPi stand http://pic.twitter.com/tPFLZopqChris Hills
Tomorrow is the Brighton Mini Maker Faire Sat 8 September. Free event with activities for all ages @MakerFaireBTN http://ow.ly/dvu2W #bmmfBrightonHoveCouncil
Discover the science behind hot air balloons and make your own with us @MakerFaireBTN in Brighton on Saturday http://ow.ly/dvZJE #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 http://pic.twitter.com/CJcH9P2hBBC Sussex
Alright gang! Who’s going to Brighton Mini Maker faire tomorrow? Hands up! http://sugru.com/blog/brighton-mini-maker-faire-this-saturday/sugru
@MakerFaireBTN packed and ready to set up #BMMF http://pic.twitter.com/RgIoU4F9ilona
The Hackspace Big Band will perform this Saturday at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire. Come and say hi! http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/maker-faire-after-dark/Music Hack Space
OH: "It’s like Christmas with soldering irons" @meeware on the pre #bmmf excitementMaker Faire Brighton
Etch a sketch with me @MakerFaireBTN http://message-in-a-trinket.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/etch-sketch-at-brighton-mini-maker-faire.html #bmmfChanchala
Cameras going to Brighton Maker Faire. #bmmf http://pic.twitter.com/7h28lNq5Barney 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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