No more Maker Faires ?

June 10, 2019

Very sad to read that TechCrunch reports financial troubles have forced Maker Media, the company that runs the Maker Faires and also the company behind Make magazine, is laying off its entire staff and stopping all operations.

This follows on from the sad news last year that Maker Faire UK had stopped.


Maker Faire UK 2017 report

April 26, 2017

Maker Faire UK was another great success this year


Edinburgh’s Mini Maker Faire 2016

April 21, 2016

A little bit late, but we went to Edinburgh’s Mini Maker Faire earlier in the month (10th April). It’s been running now for 4-years and I glad to say we’ve been to all four.

For the third year now, we were active participants and we had a Maker Space stand. Glen took his Egg-Bot and drones, whilst I had brought various R-Kade Zero prototypes and R-Kade Mini, my 7″ LCD mini bar arcade.

The faire was well attended both by exhibitors and visitors. With the drones, egg-bot and R-Kade’s being popular.

We meet up with the guys and gals from MakLab and Edinburgh’s HackLab again. We also met the makers from the Dundee Maker Space for the first time and I also met Laura from Raspberry Pi Foundation for the first time. She’s also wrote a nice blog on the faire and you can read it here. I actually get a mention :-).

Next one, is my local faire Maker Faire UK in Newcastle on 23/24 April.


Maker Faire UK 2014 over for another year

April 28, 2014

This years Maker Faire UK 2014 is over, phewww.

Just had two great days at Maker Faire helping to man our Makerspace stand. We had lots of great stuff on show again this year. Jay was there with his ginormous 3D printer. Chris had his hypnotic LED cubes. Jon’s flying duck looked on on us. Dan had parked his quad copter. Ed had his reflex game. Myself I had brought out R-Kade (my Raspberry Pi powered Arcade cab) for its yearly outing.

As always, Maker Faires are a great way to bump into old maker friends and these year I met up with Aaron Nielsen (Oomlout), Mike Cook (aka Grumpy Mike) and Mitch Altman  of Noisebridge fame.

 

 

 


Photos from Maker Faire UK 2013

May 30, 2013

I finally managed to get my photo’s off my phone, so here they are:

Setting up our Makerspace stands

My RKade – PiMame mini arcade cabinet, Jay is playing it in one of the pics.

Makerspace’s 3D-Printers, including Will’s printer and Jay’s huge 3D Printer which has a print envelope of 400mm x 400mm x 400mm

Mitch Altman from NoiseBridge with some of the Makerspace crew:

Some random pics taken during the two days:


Maker Faire UK 2013 great success

April 29, 2013

Hi everyone, I’ve finished spent two great days at Maker Faire UK in Newcastle were I helped out on Makerspace’s stand

I think I can safely say that Maker Faire 2013 was a great success, especially  for Makerspace.

A very big thank you to all members who were able to man our stand and for all those members who visited us during the Faire. We have lots and lots of people visiting our stand checking out who we were and what we do. We hope many of them will become new members.

Our tables were jam pack with our creations and builds, so many, I think we emptied Makerspace 🙂

Ed’s Laser Caper game was a roaring success. Every time I passed there were queues of people patiently wait to have a go.

Brian’s DIYBio table was also a great success with many people leaving their bacteria, myself include, for Brian to cultivate.

We met up with many, many makers from around the UK and Ireland and have we have made many new friends.


Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire 7th April 2013

April 7, 2013

Just got back from Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

We met up with HackLab , the Edinburgh hackspace which has just moved into ot’s new premises

MakLab a Glasgow based “professional” hackspace that offers a commercial fabrication service but still has supports its hacker roots.


Maker Faire UK is back

January 30, 2013

Maker Faire is back in the UK on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th of April 2013. Once again it’s being held in Newcastle.

More details here:
http://www.makerfaireuk.com

The previous Maker Faires were great events and we thoughly enjoyed going to them. This year Newcastle Maker Space and many of the other UK Maker and Hacker spaces will have a big presence.

There’s also a Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 7th April 2013 in Edinburgh. More details here:

http://makerfaireedinburgh.com/


Maker Faire UK 2011

March 15, 2011

The Maker Faire UK was back at Newcastle on the weekend 12th and 13th March 2011.

This year Abs and Sid were actually looking forward to going to the Faire, no arguments or huffy pants, in the back of the car they jumped and off we went.

This years Maker Faire as definitely bigger and better than last years. More floor space, more stands and more visitors.

In the makerspace, Abs decided to build a Maker Faire UK 2011 LED Badge, a RGB light thingy and a Drawdio noise making pencil. While Sid built the same LED badge and RGB light thingy but chose to build a LED light cube instead of the Drawdio.

It was great to meet some old friends and makers:

Aaron from Oomlout was there with their Arduino boards.

Jim and Kat from Sonodrome with their 555 step sequencer and their newest project an AUV (looking forward to seeing it fly Jim 🙂 )

Brian from Lab in a Box showing off his chemistry skills with his college showing off an early version of the OpenPCR.

Oli was there again with his interactive light table

John brought his UK101’s again and a new or should I say “old” Roland plotter churnning out coloured drawings.

and some new makers

Mark founder of Minty Geek was showing off their neat electronics kits.

Malcolm from Weird Motors with an array of homebuilt electric vehicles

Dave from BodgeitQuick with an impressive homebuilt RepRap

Martin showing off his mini ROV’s.

The legend poster that is Mike Cook (aka Grump Mike) from the Arduino forums showing off his Electric Harp and Hexome Arduino sequencer.

The world renouned hardware hacker Mitch Altman was there again working the maker area, helping the young and old to get making. The old guy from the Gadget Show was doing the rounds with a camera crew.


Maker Faire UK – Newcastle upon Tyne, March 12th & 13th 2011

October 9, 2010

Great news, Maker Faire UK returns on the weekend of 12-13 March 2011 to headline Newcastle’s ScienceFest.

More details here:

www.makerfaireuk.com

2010’s was a great event and I had the opportunity to finally met and put faces to the names of many of my friends from the forums. I hope we make 2011’s even better.