The Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire – Q&A with the Organisers

What is a ‘Maker Faire’?

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, California and in 2013 it celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, and Tokyo are the home of “featured” 2013 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the world including right here in Machynlleth!

What is MAKE Magazine?

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

Why have you decided to put on a Maker Faire in Machynlleth?
bloc wanted to bring the Maker Faire to the heart of rural Wales to attract Makers from right across the country and to promote the burgeoning DIY culture in the countryside.
The innovative concept is to celebrate creative technology within a rural context. There are urban-focused creative technology faires and festivals throughout the world though few are located in the countryside where there is a burgeoning DIY technology culture.

What can visitors expect from the event?
The Faire brings together Makers and Inventors from across Wales and beyond for a family friendly, interactive and inspirational day out. There will be loads of stalls in a village fete type setting, packed with hands on creations.

Learn about 3D printers

Expect:

Art/3Dprinting/RaspberryPis/Daleks/Opensource/Music/sound/Energymonitoring/Upcycling/

Robots/Animation/Space/Drones/Restartparties/Electricity/Sequencers/Kiteballet/Environmentalism/

Handcrankedbackpacks/Selfsufficiency/Engineering/Craft/Science/Education/Fixers/Sustainable/

Technology/Health

 

Learn how to:

  • Build your own Satellite!
  • Upcycle old floppy disks into something useful!
  • Make your own sequencer!
  • Bring inanimate objects to life with stop motion animation!

 

Experience:

  • The Restart Party brings a community Self Repair event to the heart of Wales
  • Paul Granjon presents the infamous Biting Machine and the cute Mofo humanoid
  • Trystan Lea showcases Wales’ own OpenEnergyMonitor
  • Andy Noyes invites us to meet Agnes Robotknit, a knitting robot.

 

What else is happening around the Faire?

A number of other fun and inspirational events are happening:

Reinventing Rural Services Workshop in Machynlleth – Friday 27th September, 10:30am – 4pm

Presented by Inventorium, in association with bloc. For full details and to book visit the website.

Idea Clinic at CAT – Saturday 28th September, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Get advice, support and direction on your ideas from the experts. A fantastic panel of innovation development organisations working in Wales are coming together to offer individuals and/or organisations a unique opportunity to gain advice, input and potential support for your ideas.
Participants are invited to present your ideas to the panel with a 5 minute pitch and get a 5 min response from the panelists in terms of quality and potential support.
To register and book an appointment please contact kathryn@bloc.org.uk and provide your name, project title, a project overview (no more than 30 words) and contact details.

The Restart Party – Bring Your Broken Technology! – Saturday 28th September, 10am – 4pm
The Restart Party is a community self repair event. We are inviting you to come along, bring your broken technology and get it mended for FREE!
To find out more visit http://therestartproject.org/

What are the aims of Bloc?
Bloc is a Wales based organisation and international hub of creators, producers, makers and thinkers supporting creative uses of technology. For over 12 years, we have been leading advocates of creative technology in Wales, producing a series of ground-breaking festivals, commissions, events, and research projects. We challenge and investigate innovative forms of artistic, business and social innovation that are enabled by technology and work with a wide variety of partner organisations to do this.
With Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire bloc aims to:

  • Inspire and celebrate a maker/DIY culture in relation to technology.
  • Trial a new creative technology festival concept within a rural context.
  • Explore the implications of DIY technology and creativity on society, education, culture and business by looking at the potential of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths).
  • Explore the social implications of self-reliance and collaboration towards a sustainable future.
  • Get Wales making again by inspiring people to create and share best practice in terms of technology.

 

Sign up for our monthly ebulletin at http://www.bloc.org.uk, make friends with us on facebook at bloc:Creative Technology Wales, follow @blocuk on Twitter and tweet #MakerFaireMach.

A knitting robot

Why is this event special?
Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire is the only Maker Faire in Wales. It brings together a unique programme of Makers, inventors and creative technologists to the heart of rural Wales and offers us an insight into an alternative future.
It will be a unique, hands on event that champions DIY culture in the countryside. The digital, to date, has been far more prevalent in urban environments with most activity and debate centred on the city.
Forget technology as expensive. This Faire is going to explore accessibility, reuseability and freeware. It will inspire people to get their hands dirty with technology in order to be self-reliant and celebrate art as a part of the new wave of the internet of things.

Why did you decide to hold the Faire at CAT?
There is no better place than CAT, to host an event that promotes an alternative future for Wales. bloc chose to site the festival at CAT not only because of it’s stunning landscape overlooking the scenic hills of Southern Snowdonia, but also because we share a common ethos concerned with the search for a positive and alternative view of the future. CAT’s search for a globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life is shared by bloc and many of the Makers on show who have strong ‘eco’ credentials. For example, bring your broken technology to be repaired at The Restart Party , a community self-repair party and find out more about OpenEnergyMonitor, Wales’ own new opensource platform that monitors your energy use .

What does it cost?
Buy your Advance Faire tickets now and gain FREE entry to the Centre for Alternative Technology. £5 per adult, Children under 16 FREE or normal CAT entrance fees apply on the day. Book online now.