Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire is a day of family friendly making, learning, crafting, inventing and tinkering in the heart of London.
Be inspired by arts, crafts, engineering, science and technology from the Makers of the capital.
Best of all entry is free and there will be many opportunities to get hands on!
Saturday, 6th July 2013 London College of Communication
At Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire we have been busy planning a very schedule of activities to keep you busy, along side the usual activities we have a program me of events organised by local Makers and organisations.
Drop-in Learn to Solder
Build your own blinky robot badge in our beginners, learn to solder rolling workshops throughout the day.
Cost: £2 per kit
Drop-in Surface Mount Soldering – Beta LAYOUT
Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire supporter Beta LAYOUT will be offering rolling workshops showing people how to solder surface mount components onto our multi-purpose badge design.
Cost: £2 per kit
Drop-in: Electro Dough Workshops – Technology Will Save Us
Learn about electronics by playing with electrically conductive play dough. Sculpt switches, sensors, creatures and buildings using dough, LEDs and batteries. Watch your creations come to life during our Electro Dough workshop.
Cost: £1 per person
Prototyping with Max and Sensors – Nicholas Marechal, LCC
Whether you want to add some randomness to your movie structure, use projections to make the audience be part of the image, synchronise multiple movies to let the audience edit the movie, you are re-imagining cinema. Nicolas Marechal will be showing some examples using Max and talking about various techniques that he has put in practice in his work and with his students.
Scratch & MaKey MaKey (Kids Workshop) – Codasign
11:00–12:15 and 14:30–15:45
Scratch is a programming environment that is easy to use and created with children in mind. MaKey MaKey is a kit that lets you turn anything into a controller and easily talks with Scratch. Let your imagination go wild!
Children are invited to attend this workshop with an accompanying adult - and one adult can accompany up to 3 children. During this workshop, the children will practice using computational thinking and interactive design in creative projects through a variety of activities. The adults will even play a key role in these activities.
Cost: £5 per person
Makers Challenge – Joel Karamath, LCC & Biggles
11:00–12:00, 13:00–14:00 and 16:00–17:00
A collaborative group making project.
Designing your first 3D Print in Blender – John Barlow, Forme It
12:00–12:30 and 17:00–17:30
The 3D printing scene has exploded over the last few years, with more people than ever wanting to try this totally different way of making. Getting to grips with seemingly complicated software can be a real obstacle, so we are holding a workshop that walks you through creating a digital design in Blender that is ready for 3D printing.
The workshop will introduce you to the Blender interface, providing step-by-step instructions on how to create a small object. At the end of the session, you will have an idea of what it is like to create in Blender and they will be able to take away your digital design ready for printing.
Introduction to Processing – Codasign
This course will give you an introduction to the language Processing, with an emphasis on teaching you the core programming concepts, allowing you to use Processing in your own projects.
Cost: £5 per person
Low tech / High tech – Nicholas Marechal, LCC
Low tech / High tech is a community of practice based at the University of the Arts London and the Royal College of Arts where the members are trying to break the barrier between the so called “low technologies” and “high technologies”.
We are involved in all kind of technologies involving textile, sound, light, electronics and programming and we plan to find commonalities in our practice and engage in new processes where we combine the two type of technologies.
Web-based physical computing with Raspberry Pi – Bashkim Isai
Participants will need to bring an Adafruit Pi Cobbler Breakout Kit for Raspberry Pi (Kits can be soldered at the Drop-in Learn to Solder classes).
Drop-in: Create your very own DIY Mini Synth! – Technology Will Save Us
Explore the world of synthesisers, noise makers and pulse generators by making your very own DIY Mini Synth! Learn the art of soldering, begin to understand the electronic components that make up most of the technology in our lives and make something audibly creative! You will solder up some basic components and explore how pressing a button can create a beat and how by turning the potentiometer you can discover the wonderful sounds of a synthesiser. So join us to explore the possibilities of making music by soldering up your first synth and get an introduction to the wonderful hands on world of DIY technology.
Cost: £5 per kit
MaKey MaKey – Enrico Bertelli & Emily Robertson
A two-part workshop exploring musical instrument design, experimental music notation, and sound art. This workshop will demonstrate using Makey Makey (from MIT Labs) materials as a base for building musical instruments out of everyday items (like spatulas and apples!) and simple art skills to create innovative ways to communicate performance ideas (like coloured squiggles!).
After an introduction to the principles and methods of designing drum synths, participants will play with the instruments in a short ‘jam session’. Full of ideas from the jam session, the participants will then work with an instructor brainstorming and doodling. From the resulting new musical compositions, based on graphic notation techniques, a few will be selected for a final informal performance by workshop instructors and participants! This workshop will be driven by openness to creativity and looking for the potential in ordinary objects.
You will need to bring:
Conductive objects (metallic kitchenware)
A MaKey MaKey board
A laptop with Ableton Live (demo) installed
Other things you might like to bring:
Introduction to Arduino – Codasign
You will learn what Arduino is and get a taste of what it can do. You will be introduced to computer programming whilst also learning the basics of electricity and circuits. You will work with several sensors like knobs and buttons and actuators like LEDs.
Cost: £5 per person
Sunday, 7th July 2013 Victoria and Albert Museum
Mini Maker Faire Meetup is held at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This day will feature panel discussions and reflection on the social and cultural significance of the Maker Movement, the event is a day long event.
10:30 – Introduction
10:45 – Cory Doctorow
11:15 – The Politics of Making
“a return to craft is as much an act of political resistance as it is an aesthetic choice.” (Sinead Murphy, The Art Kettle)
Digital technologies and the internet have changed the process of production, distribution and consumption, giving the amateur the same voice and means of production as commercial producers - the tools of production have gone through a process of democratization. Furthermore, the internet has given rise to the potential of global and mass collaboration. These developments are essentially possible through open structures and sharing.
Maker culture makes use of these developments to invent, prototype and find unique uses and applications for technologies. Making and tinkering is not just a past time or a hobby however. It actively encourages the prising open of the black boxes of proprietary software and hardware. It engages more and more people in collaborative approaches. This panel aims to explore making as political act and asks is making (as part of maker culture) an act of political resistance with the potential to challenge pervasive processes of late capitalism?
Chaired by: Dr. Eva Verhoeven Panelists: Cory Doctorow, Martin Dittus, Sarah Corbet, Nelly Trakidou
12:30 – Lunch
13:30 – Tim Hunkin
14:00 – Making in Design Education
The advance of web based systems for collaboration sharing and the migration of once specialist systems of production to the desktop has bought about a situation where designers have joined makers, hackers, geeks, technologists, crafters and amateurs in common production environment where the distance between these groups has never been less.
This panel looks at how design education understands maker culture and it’s inherent values and how it promotes and uses the ethos of maker culture as a methodology. It also looks at how maker culture understands what it does as distinctly different from the design professions.
Chaired by: Ben Stopher Panelists: Tim Hunkin, Brock Craft, Rachel Rayns, Kevin Walker
15:15 – Break
15:30 – Maker Urbanism
This panel discussion considers existing and potential relationships between maker culture and grass roots urban activism and advocacy. Makers were famously described by Cory Doctorow as "people who hack hardware, business-models, and living arrangements to discover ways of staying alive and happy even when the economy is falling down the toilet" – the premise of this panel is to explore the implications of such practices in the spatial aggregate and to ask how they connect or could connect with urban structures, dynamics, and cultures.
Chaired by: Rebecca Ross Panelists: Christian Nold, Dominic Wilcox, Angus Main, Priya Prakash
When & Where
Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire
The first ever Maker Faire in London is back, being held in Elephant & Castle on Saturday, 15th November 2014 at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. The Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire will be open from 10:00–18:00 and is a day of family friendly making, learning, crafting, inventing and tinkering in the heart of London. Be inspired by Makers, designers, artists, crafters, engineers, scientists and technologists from across the capital. Entry is free to children (under 16) and students, there will be many opportunities to get hands on and make stuff!