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.


Maker Faire @ Newcastle 2010

March 19, 2010

We had a great time at this years Maker Faire in Newcastle over the weekend of 13th and 14th March 2010.

My kids, who are almost teenagers, were dragging their heels as we left our parked car, totally sure they weren’t going to have a good time as we walked towards the Centre of Life.

Walking up the foot bridge to mezzanine level of the maker faire, you could hear the crackling of the musical tesla coil, then as you reached the mezzanine level you were hit by a wall of sound from the various gadgets and things beeping and booping, the musically exhibits being played and of course the Tesla coil. Their faces slowly changed as they realised there was fun stuff here and after a couple of nervous minutes getting their bearings off they went and for the rest of the day it was like trying to herd cats. 😀

I don’t think I saw a single kid, young or old who wasn’t enjoying themselves.

I was finally able to meet up, put a face to a name, with Baggers, Coley, TonyF and Leon from the Parallax and Xmos forums. Leon was being provocative in wearing his Xmos t-shirt whilst on the Parallax Propeller stand with Baggers and Coley. Coley got his own back by having on display a Xmos XC-1 board with a “powered by propeller” label stuck over the Xmos chip. Good nature ribbing 🙂

I had a great chat with John Honniball about his UK101’s he was displaying (I wish I had one for my collection of retro computers 😉 ) and his Arduino music synthesiser.

We met up with Jim and Kat from Sonodrome who were showing off their PSOC (pocket oscillator) and Tubby amps. On Sunday Jim help Sid build his own PSOC. He took it to school for a show and tell and his teacher and class loved it. His teacher was especially impressed that Haydn had soldered it all himself (with a little help).

Abs, not to be left out, spent the afternoon building a mignonette handheld LED game at the Maker table with a little help from me.

Leon has posted some pictures from the faire:

http://www.leonheller.com/Maker%20Faire%202010/

http://www.leonheller.com/MakerFaire%202010%20(2)/

Jim and Kat from sonodrome have also posted some pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonodrome/sets/72157623644925608/

and Jonathan Street has a nice write up here:

http://jonathanstreet.com/blog/newcastle-maker-faire-2010