What’s a Maker Faire without makers? This year, we’re cranking it up with more makers and workshops than ever before. We’ve managed to find all sorts of undiscovered spaces in Brighton’s Corn Exchange to fit in the brightest and best line-up we’ve ever hosted.
Some of our favourites
It’s always difficult to pick a favourite, and a big part of Brighton Mini Maker Faire is the surprise when you see what people can create. But here are some projects we think are definitely worth seeking out:
Lots of fun robots including: Onya the Dalek, made for the Dr Who feature film ‘Devious’;
Kyodai the farting mechanoid; dancing traffic cones; Henry and Hetty the vacuum cleaners; Olby the spy from BBC’s Holby City; Big Brother and Bigger Brother from Robot Wars; and a robot car made for BBC’s Top Gear.
Jelly & Marshmallows (otherwise known as Simon Jelly & Mark Mellors) have been bringing their crafty creations to Brighton for years, including balancing robots, cardboard wind tunnels and sparks created by water.
If you go to a Maker Faire, definitely make time to take part in a workshop – it’s one of the most fun and rewarding experiences you can have. Here are some you’ll find this year that we know are good ‘uns:
The Big Top: Needlefelt your very own big top-themed ball. As always, lots of fun for all the family – just like the real circus!
Soldering Is Easy!: Learn how to solder with simple kits that you can make on the day or take home and assemble yourself. Last year’s LED Super Mario badges were super popular!
Curiosity Hub: Lego WeDo Robotics ‘Hungry Alligator’ Mini-Workshop!: What exactly is a robot? Find out as you assemble and program a ‘Hungry Alligator’ robot using Lego WeDo robotics kits!
And here’s the complete list…
- Ant Weight Robots
Radio-controlled full combat robots limited to 150g weight and must fit in a 10cm cube. All the excitement, damage and mayhem of the Robot Wars TV show on a table top!
- Curiosity Hub: Lego WeDo Robotics ‘Hungry Alligator’ Mini-Workshop!
What exactly is a robot? Find out with Curiosity Hub as you assemble and program a ‘Hungry Alligator’ robot using Lego WeDo robotics kits!
A robot that draws on paper! Tell it what to do by writing a program of instructions to draw shapes or patterns.
- Lots of Robots
Including: Onya the Dalek, Kyodai the farting mechanoid, dancing traffic cones, Big Brother and Bigger Brother from Robot Wars.
Mirobot is a build-it-yourself WiFi robotics kit that helps kids learn about technology, engineering and programming. It’s open source and was recently funded to over 500% of its goal on Kickstarter.
- Underwater Robots
Remote operated underwater robot built from simple to obtain parts. Play with two micro ROV’s in a tank and see an example of an OpenROV and new autonomous Raspberry Pi-based underwater robot.
3D Printing, Laser Cutting & Digital Fabrication
Why not use FREE precision components (discarded packaging) to create more desirable, complex 3D printed products? The Zaphod 3D printer and reusable packaging can help save both money and our planet.
- Carbon Frog
Open source products for 3D printing and electronics.
- Delta1 3D Printer
An open source / open hardware precision engineered 3D printer for hobbyists and professionals.
Fabsterdam will show the complete 3D printing process: different filaments that can be used, how a 3D printer works and how to treat the printed results to give them a smooth finish.
- I Can Make
3D printable model kits which teach children about the engineering of the future through the engineering of the past.
- Just Add Sharks
Just Add Sharks show off home-made laser-cut things including a hands-on marble machine kit and an Etch A Sketch laser-cutter controller.
Helping to inspire a new generation of engineers, MakerClub’s Carduino is the curriculum friendly all-in-one kit for building & programming a 3D printed remote controlled car.
- Cube-Cola Lab
Cube-Cola is an open source Cola Drink, made in a domestic lab and distributed worldwide as a kit. Come along and see them making Cube-Cola from start to taste!
- Denise Bones
A walk-about skeleton, that’s (almost!) anatomically correct.
- DIY Microscopy
For bio-hacking you will need a DIY microscope! Last year’s microscope was a massive hit on its first outing at BMMF 2013. This year it’s further refined and better than ever! There’ll be kits available as well as a few surprises on the stand.
The science of electrochemistry! Make your own battery! Electroplate a coin! Power a light bulb using fruit! Split water into explosive gases!
- Jelly & Marshmallows
Jelly & Marshmallows have been bringing their crafty creations to Brighton for years, including balancing robots, cardboard wind tunnels and sparks created by water.
- Small Machines
Small Machines are a range of self-build hydraulic project kits using syringes and water to move all parts. Designed and made in Sheffield they are challenging and creative fun for enquiring minds.
Exploding paint, funky foam and new and interesting things to do with scrap materials.
Music & Audio
- Amateur Radio
Amateur radio club based in the Worthing area.
- Boom Box Project
An interactive DIY paper boom box that uses conductive ink technology and bluetooth to stream music from your phone.
- DIY Ghettoblasters and Audio Furniture
Hand made portable party sound systems and discrete sound systems built into furniture – by Bend Audio Projects in collaboration with Luke George.
MechaPoet the rhyming robot is an attempt to save humanity from the drudgery of writing verse.
Electronics & Soldering
- Bare Conductive: Interactivity Everywhere
Bare Conductive make electrically conductive paint, maker kits and accessible hardware to use on your creative electronic projects!
BlinkStick is a USB-controlled smart pixel.
- Electronic Cartographies
Electronic Cartographies is a project that aims to create functional maps for electronic products, through the use of conductive ink.
- Crafty Robot
The Crafty Robot presents Fizzbit, a new way to add movement and excitement to your paper toys, 3D printed characters and other craft projects – all entirely without batteries.
- Homebrew PCBs
SMT soldering isn’t that daunting but often you feel you need an extra pair of hands when hand-soldering surface mount components. This semi-automated CNC gives help exactly where it’s needed!
Maplin is the UK’s largest electronics and tech retailer and has a wide range of products for tech hobbyists and enthusiasts.
- Soldering Is Easy!
Amazing new kits for people of all ages to assemble at this year’s Brighton Mini Maker Faire or at home.
Costumes, Fashion & Accessories
Innovative, geeky and artistic creations using mainly Crochet/Amigurumi techniques.
Doodlebags create bags and accessories using upcycled textiles. They are as passionate about reusing and recycling as they are about the exquisite fabrics they work with.
- The GloohBaah House Projects
Stamp slogans on silver ring blanks, decorate a felt badge/brooch, or use colour changing inks to decorate mugs.
- I-Saweering: Custom Fashion Design Workshop
Wearable tech, fashion engineering and custom design – a unisex approach to customising clothing: use imagination, re-invent practically, hack/repurpose existing clothing and embed wearable tech to illuminate embellishment.
- Make a Ring Workshop
Have a taste of jewellery making by creating your own silver ring with jewellers Scarlett Erskine and Leanne Evans. Learn the basic skills of jewellery by making your own silver ring to take home.
- Tetra Pak Wallets
A workshop making wallets from recycled tetrapaks. All this technology comes at a cost, and that is rubbish! Come and make something new from everyday waste.
Knitting & Sewing
- Fuzzy Folk
Fuzzy Folk Felt Kits – make your own Fuzzy Friend! Simply sew together 100% wool felt and stuff with Sussex wool. All you need is a needle. No machine necessary.
- Knitting the Map
Exploring local history and traditional craft by knitting the 1792 Map of Brighthelmstone. Knitting history!
- Marvellous Mechanical Yarn
A creative display of alternative yarns, unusual knitting and crochet projects and demonstrating the “draw it, scan it, knit it” hack on a Brother 950i knitting machine.
- Science in Stitches
Science in Stitches re-imagines our beautiful universe through crafts such as sewing, knitting and crochet.
- Sew Fabulous
Sew Fabulous is a community interest, not for profit company offering sewing and textiles classes and workshops for children, young people and adults.
- The Big Top
Needlefelt your very own big top-themed ball. As always, lots of fun for all the family – just like the real circus!
Arts & Crafts
- Art@Work, Arthropod Arts & Curiosity Hub
Art@Work students will showcase craft products they’ve designed with practitioners from Arthropod Arts, and demonstrate how to create ‘Colourful Music’ using Lego Mindstorms robots from Curiosity Hub.
- Cracking Mosaics
A great opportunity for children and adults to have a go at constructing a framed mosaic design from pre-cut tiles.
- Handbound Notebooks
Using traditional bookbinding techniques, learn how to make a pamphlet style, fabric covered, hardbacked notebook.
- Minipatisserie Polymer Clay Workshop
Make your own polymer clay charms which can be made into key rings, jewellery, magnets or bookmarks, with lots of tools and decorations available to use.
- Recycled Paper Woven Envelopes
Using unwanted paper and old catalogues, Artworks will show you how to weave a simple but beautiful envelope shaped basket.
- The Wet Felting Experience
Karen Rao will be showing you how to create your very own work of art using just wool, soap and water! This year you’ll be creating felted mini art in the form of friendly furries or fiendish beasts!
A one on one guided spray-paint experience.
- 22shoe Skate Invention
A shock-absorbing steering mechanism for roller skates, resulting in amazingly fun skates and a wonderful form of transport!
- DIY Electric Cars & 3D Printers
How to convert a fossil fuel car to an electric car – proof that even a non-technical enthusiast (like you!) can make it happen.
- Mechanical Art Workshop
Connect art and technology by making a moving toy or automata.
Brighton Repair Café and Restart Project are joining forces to help you learn how to repair your stuff; from socks with holes in to broken iPads, let’s see how many things we can repair in one day!
- We Just Like To Make Stuff
We just like to make stuff! Rope making, lights, games and robots.
- Woodworking Basics
Absolute low tech with wood and hand tools. Possibly a drill or two…
Computers, Programming & Games
- Coder Dojo
Coder Dojo is a worldwide voluntary organisation setup to teach children how to code.
- Everyone Can Program
Teaching children to program without a computer through the essence of programming: asking the right questions, inventing solutions, then experimenting, testing, and verifying.
- The National Museum of Computing
The National Museum of Computing works on historical education using real working old computers you can play and program on, from an PDP-8 to BBC Micro to Commodore 64 and others!
Ever wanted to make your own game, but didn’t know how? Come along and check out a cool video game maker project that lets you make a game in seconds, then learn how to completely tweak and edit it.
- Spherical Pacman
Play a game of Pacman like no other! On a sphere!
- The TIM Project
Learn how computers work by building them out of parts you have lying around. Featuring TIM8, the world’s smallest 8-bit relay computer.
- Brighton Digital Festival
Find out how the Brighton Digital Festival brings together artists, thinkers, hackers and makers to showcase the best in digital culture.
Build Brighton is a communal workshop and collective of makers, designers, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists and hackers.
- O’Reilly book and kit stall
O’Reilly spreads the knowledge of innovators through technology books, online services, and tech conferences.
- RLab & TVRRUG
Combined entry from RLab (Reading Hackspace) and Thames Valley RepRap Users Group.
- So Make It
So Make It, the Southampton Makerspace, bring their 1:1 scale remote-control Dalek.
- Surrey & Hampshire Hackspace
A variety of projects from the Surrey & Hampshire Hackspace.
- Young Inventor’s Centre
A live pop-up miniature maker-space. Play, explore and make things!
Phew! That’s our list right now, but we always manage to squeeze in a few last-minute surprises. If you want to meet all this lot, you really need to get yourself some tickets!