Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

A Showcase of DIY Technology in the Countryside.

Agnes Roboknit

Agnes Roboknit

On Saturday 28th September bloc delivered a fantastic Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire to a crowded house!

Upcycling with Flowering Elbow

Upcycling with Flowering Elbow

The Centre for Alternative Technology provided the perfect venue to house our 30 Makers presenting DIY Technology in the countryside.

Over 200 visitors enjoyed the Faire. With feedback such as “Awesome, scientific, interesting, varied, fun, making, educational, innovative, inspiring, exciting, atmospheric, enthusiastic, buzzy, empowering, welcoming, impressive, original, unusual, relaxed”

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire was A Showcase of DIY Technology in the Countryside that followed the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

Replica 3d printer

Replica 3d printer

“Make, create, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.”
Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire is only Maker Faire in Wales.

Featuring both established and emerging local, national and international “makers,” Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire was a family-friendly celebration featuring Art, 3Dprinting, RaspberryPis, Daleks, Opensource, Music, Sound, Robots, Animation, Space, Drones, Restartparties, Electricity, Sequencers, Knitting, Environmentalism, Backpacks, Selfsufficiency, Engineering, Craft, Science, Education, Fixers, Sustainable, Technology, Health, Upcycling and Energy.

Mofo Humanoid by Paul Granjon

Mofo Humanoid by Paul Granjon

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire presented a wide range of makers featuring the following highlights:

• The Restart Party bring 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.
• Animation workshops, ukele looping performances, arduino sequencer sound and music etc.

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

About Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire:

bloc: Creative Technology Wales

A Showcase of DIY Technology in the Countryside.

The Maker Faire is coming to Machynlleth! The only Maker Faire in Wales is scheduled for Saturday, 28th September, 2013 at The Centre for Alternative Technology and is brought you by bloc, Creative Technology Network for Wales.

Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgenfor Alternative Technology

Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire will be a showcase of DIY TECHNOLOGY in the countryside that follows the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

“Make, create, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.”

Featuring both established and emerging local, national and international “makers,” Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring Art, 3Dprinting, RaspberryPis, Daleks, Opensource, Music, Sound, Robots, Animation, Space, Drones, Restartparties, Electricity, Sequencers, Kiteballet, Environmentalism, Handcrankedbackpacks, Selfsufficiency, Engineering, Craft, Science, Education, Fixers, Sustainable, Technology, Health, Upcycling and Energy.

deerShedTable

deerShedTable by Paul Granjon

To see the full line up click on ‘Makers’

To book a ticket visit https://makerfairemachynlleth.eventbrite.com/

The Restart Party

You are invited to The Restart Party

Bring Your Broken Technology!

Saturday 28th September 2013

Centre for Alternative Technology

At Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

10am – 4pm

The Restart Party is a community Self Repair event to be held at the Centre for Alternative Technology as part of Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire.

We are inviting you to come along, bring your broken technology and get it mended for FREE!

restart

restart

The Restart Project is a London-based not-for-profit startup, which aims to change our relationship with information technologies. They run community self-repair events in London, called ‘Restart Parties’, where all kinds of electronic devices are taken apart and repaired by owners and volunteer repairers. They are now helping create a global network of repair enthusiasts running similar events and giving new visibility to repair culture. The goals of our activities are preventing waste, improving the lifespan of products, sharing repair skills and an awareness of design flaws, while promoting a sustainable approach to the consumption of information technologies.

@restartproject

http://therestartproject.org/

The Restart Project

The Restart Project

Open Mic Night @ Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire ⁄⁄

Pizza and Pint Open Mic evening
Centre For Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
Friday 27th September
7 -9pm

Inventorium will be hosting an innovation Open Mic night in association with bloc, on the eve of Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire. Many Makers will be present, but the event is open to all – so come and hang out with us and if you like, take the mic and pitch an idea to the room!

It dosen’t matter how sketchy or un-thought out it is, back-of-a-napkin ideas are welcome. You never know who might be there that might be interested in your idea, help you develop it, or have some constructive feedback for you. That’s how open innovation works. When Inventorium ran one of these events in Dublin, one of the ideas ended up going all the way: The pitcher met someone he kept in contact with, and later they joined a business startup programme, and a few months ago their new business secured some serious investment.

Come and have a punt, heckle or show your support to other ideas people, and generally have a relaxed (but innovative) time with us! The bar will be open, and Inventorium is providing pizza.

Spaces are limited, so book yourself place early to avoid disappointment!

Book now at http://www.inventorium.org/events/open-mic-evening/

Idea Clinic Opens at Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire ⁄⁄

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Get advice, support and direction on your ideas from an fantastic panel of experts.

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Saturday 28th September 2013
Centre for Alternative Technology, WISE Building
11.30 am – 1.30 pm

bloc is opening an Idea Clinic at Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire and offering appointments on a first come first served basis.

A 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 and 5 min response from the panelists in terms of quality and potential support.

The panel will be made up of Dyfan Searell, Design and Innovation, Inventorium, Hamish Fyfe, Project Director of Creative Exchange Wales Network, CEW-N, Iain Tweedale, Head of Interactive Services & Learning BBC Wales, Tom Metcalfe, Producer of REACT Objects Sandbox and Lisa Mathews, Portfolio Manager for Arts Council Wales. It will be facilitated by Emma Posey, Creative Director of bloc.

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.

Limited appointments are available.

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Biographies:
Dyfan Searell, Design and Innovation, Inventorium
Dyfan is a skilled multidisciplinary designer based in Snowdonia, North Wales. He can help you take an idea, and make it happen.
From events to engineering, he brings a bright, personable, resourceful approach. He can quickly grasp a concept, and define and deliver for you the steps needed to develop or deliver it.

Hamish Fyfe, Project Director of Creative Exchange Wales Network (CEW-N)
Hamish is Professor of the Arts and Society at the University of Glamorgan, as well as Director of the Centre for Digital Economy.

Iain Tweedale (Head of Interactive Services & Learning BBC Wales) BBC
The development of new digital formats for connected broadcasting is central to the future of BBC Cymru Wales and we are keen to work with the independent sector to develop interactive content and learning resources across online, mobile and interactive TV platforms.

Tom Metcalfe, Producer of REACT Objects Sandbox
Currently Producer of REACT Objects Sandbox. Tim is a designer, with a specialism in object design, physical-digital and design thinking. My background is both in academia and industry, having recently worked in senior positions at both rAndom International and the Product Research Studio.
I’m co-founder of Fieldguide, an occasional collective and sometimes journal for people interested in design, technology, society and the intersections where they overlap.
My collaborations and employment have resulted in my work being presented and exhibited at, amongst others, the Wellcome Trust, British Library, V&A and Design Miami. He’s also talked and delivered workshops internationally, including SXSW, Sotheby’s and NID India.

Lisa Mathews, Portfolio Manager, Arts Council Wales.
Portfolio Manager for Arts Council of Wales working across creative and digital economy and previously Managing Director at Welsh Music Foundation. Lisa is also a Director’s for Cerdd Cymru : Music Wales.

Emma Posey, Creative Director and Founder of bloc
Dr Emma Posey founded bloc in 1998. She works in a consultancy capacity for bloc as well as other organisations and HEIs in Wales. She has lectured and written widely on creativity and technology as well as within her own art practice. She is particularly interested in innovation, idea development, entrepreneurism and social engagement, recently founding Ping, an online idea generator.

Makers – the developing line up…

Paul Granjon

kantaExperimentica

kantaExperimentica

Paul Granjon is an artist based in Cardiff who makes robots and other machines. He is also very interested in sharing his ideas about the co-evolution of humans and machines and actions for a sustainable future. He presents a selection of robots such as the infamous Biting Machine and the cute Mofo humanoid, as well as more recent experiments with sustainable energy and micro-controllers. The electric Ziitare Paul uses on stage when he sings simple songs about life, animals and machines will also be available for visitors to try.

www.zprod.org

Diy space projects by concretedog

DIYSpaceprojects
DIYSpaceprojects

I am a maker fascinated by recent developments in DIY space exploration. Did you know there are already arduino’s in space and indeed satellites whose main computer is an off the shelf mobile phone.

This year the worlds first individual built cubesat (an opensource satellite standard) OSSI-1 was launched into low earth orbit…Inspiring me to learn and to try and build my own satellite. Come to my stall to learn more about how hackers, makers, tinkerers and artists are moving into space exploration!

http://concretedog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/diy-space-projectsmachynlleth-maker.html

Dorkbot Cardiff

dorkbotcardiff
dorkbotcardiff

Part of the international informal Dorkbot network, Dorkbot Cardiff started in 2010. Since then, more than 13 meetings have taken place where a wide range of participants (artists, engineers, designers, craft-people…) present their current projects and creations. On the stall you will find information about dorkbot Cardiff, past and future, as well as some examples of members’ creative technology efforts.
A visit is also the perfect occasion to join the group (no membership fee).

http://www.dorkbot.org/dorkbotcardiff/

OpenEnergyMonitor by Trystan Lea

OEM_system
OEM_system

OpenEnergyMonitor is a project to develop open-source energy monitoring tools to help us relate to our use of energy, our energy systems and the challenge of sustainable energy. The system is based on the arduino and raspberry pi platforms and can be used for monitoring and visualising electricity use and generation, temperature and humidity.

http://openenergymonitor.org

Skyonix Limited

skyonix
skyonix

Skyonix is an exciting start up business in the developing field of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), often referred to as ‘Drones’. The Company is developing easy to deploy and operate SUAS with software and flight control systems that are tailored to meet the aerial imaging requirements of specific industry sectors rather than offering  ‘a one-size-fits-all’ solution. The systems being developed by Skyonix are of interest to companies, organisations and individuals who have a requirement for autonomous, high quality aerial image creation, recording and analysis.

http://www.skyonix.com/

The Restart Project

restart
restart

The Restart Project is a London-based not-for-profit startup, which aims to change our relationship with information technologies. We run community self-repair events in London, called ‘Restart Parties’, where all kinds of electronic devices are taken apart and repaired by owners and volunteer repairers. We’re now helping create a global network of repair enthusiasts running similar events and giving new visibility to repair culture. The goals of our activities are preventing waste, improving the lifespan of products, sharing repair skills and an awareness of design flaws, while promoting a sustainable approach to the consumption of information technologies.

http://therestartproject.org

Digital Dropout by Jim Elliott

digitaldropout
digitaldropout

Bring inanimate objects to life with stop motion animation.

Using a mixture of discarded technology, modelling clay, and polymer clay, people are welcome to come and make a “thing” and animate it using DSLRs and iPad.

The generated films can be shown exported for sharing.

Hextep – Arduino Sequencer by Owain Searell

hextepweb

hextepweb

DIY old fashioned style Analog Note Sequencer made with Arduino from scratch and works with all modern midi software and hardware.

A first arduino project.

VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5K8x3RBJuI

Paul Granjon

spaceActivatorCarriageWorks

spaceActivatorCarriageWorks

http://www.zprod.org/PG/

Agnes Roboknit by Andy Noyes

Agnes, the knitting robot

Agnes, the knitting robot

Humanoid Knitting Robot

Zero Carbon Britain

Zero Carbon Britain

Zero Carbon Britain

The most recent climate science demonstrates the need for us to respond at a much faster rate than is currently accepted by the mainstream. The Zero Carbon Britain project shows how we can rise to the climate challenge by using only technology that exists now, and without significant impact on quality of life. Through this project, the Centre for Alternative Technology aims to change how we think about rapid decarbonisation, build awareness, and stimulate debate. We hope to inform, inspire and enable contemporary society to embrace the changes required to rethink the future.

http://zerocarbonbritain.com/

Build Your Own 3D Printer! by Daniel Bates

buildyourown3dprinter

buildyourown3dprinter

A quick walk through of how to build a MendelMax 1.5 and the theory behind designing your own 3D printer.

People are welcome to move the printer manually by hand and enter G-code to operate the printer from the computer.

OpenSource.

danbatesdesign.blogspot.co.uk

Flowering Elbow

Flowering Elbow

Flowering Elbow

Flowering Elbow is a social enterprise which works to encourage making through creative upcycling and environmentally sensitive design.

Our making is centred on the materials we find: ‘rubbish’, old buildings, scrap metal, reclaimed wood, fabric. Right now we’re transforming an old barn into a magical workshop full of exciting tools and potential, a space where ideas can come to life. Talk to us about your projects, commissions, our future courses.

Got an idea you’d like help with to develop?

Have a go and join us at upcycling old floppy disks into something useful.

http://www.floweringelbow.org/

Interactive Robotic Entertainment by Stephen Fearn

Interactive Robotic Entertainment. Meet Dalek Doris and her friend K9. These full size robots walk and talk and interact with you, have you ever been this close to a Dalek without being Exterminated!!

www.dalekdoris.co.uk

TechnoMach (previously known as Machynlleth Raspberry Jam) by Robert Buchan-Terrey

TechnoMach

TechnoMach

A chance for Makers to meet up and share their ideas or experience, help each other out, have fun and be inspired.

The Flexiscale Company

The Flexiscale Company

The Flexiscale Company

We make 3D printed kits of the locomotives and rolling stock of the Welsh Slate Quarry railways. We use laser scanning and high resolution photography to capture the shape and details of these items from the first industrial revolution so you can make models using the tools of the next one.

http://www.flexiscale.com

 

 

 

 

Announcing Re-Inventing Rural Service Delivery Workshop as part of Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

Inventorium present a ‘A workshop for rural Wales’ in association with bloc as part of Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire.

Re-Inventing Rural Service Delivery

Plas Machynlleth, Machynlleth, Friday 27th September: 10:30 to 16:00

To book a place visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7681763361?ref=ebtn

Deliver more?

Deliver smarter?

Deliver with less money?

Create new enterprise?

There has never been more pressure on service delivery to deliver better with less resource. We have heard of Smart Cities – What about Smart Rural?

Over the next five years good broadband and good mobile signal will be available across rural Wales. How can we exceed our aspirations for service delivery?

Our aim is Open Innovation

  • To bring together service providers with innovative thinking
  • To bring new ideas that can develop into new business – both commercial and social enterprises.
  • 50% of the world and 20% of the UK is rural – it’s a big market.

Who should come?

  • People seeking innovation across the public sector – elected members, executives, problem solvers and problem owners – bring your aspirations and your hard problems.
  • People in rural business delivering services to rural communities
  • People who live in rural areas who know what are the important issues to be tackled
  • People with creative and innovative ideas for using technologies make new opportunities for products and service delivery – artists, designers, hackers, makers, doers.

The Outcomes

  • New networks of people to work together to create great products and services
  • An agenda for future engagement.

This is a first step in a developing programme that will exploit the new opportunities open to us. Your participation is the day’s schedule.

For more information, please contact: zuzana@inventorium.org

 

Announcing Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire

bloc: Creative Technology Walesbloc is thrilled to announce that the Mini Maker Faire is coming to the heart of rural Wales.

A showcase of DIY Technology in the Countryside!

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire, the only Maker Faire in Wales, will be held at The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) on Saturday 28th September 2013 from 10am-4pm and is presented by bloc.

Wind Turbine Tour Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire has been devised to inspire and attract the best makers, producers and creative technologists from across Wales and beyond and to capitalise on the burgeoning DIY culture in the countryside. There will be loads of stalls packed with hands on inventions located in the beautiful WISE (Wales Institute of Sustainable Education) building at CAT see http://venuehire.cat.org.uk .

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WISE building Centre for Alternative Technology

Sheppard Theatre, Centre for Alternative Technology

Sheppard Theatre, Centre for Alternative Technology

For details on how to get to CAT visit http://visit.cat.org.uk/how-to-get-to-cat and further information on planning your visit go to http://visit.cat.org.uk/plan-your-visit

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire is independently organised by bloc and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

Official Call for Makers 2013

bloc is thrilled to announce that the Mini Maker Faire is coming to the heart of rural Wales and our Call for Makers is now open.

Deadline Extended Friday 30th August 2013.

Agnes, the knitting robot

Agnes, the knitting robot

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire will be held at The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) on Saturday 28th September 2013 from 10am-4pm and is presented by bloc.

Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire has been devised to inspire and attract the best makers, producers and creative technologists from across Wales and beyond and to capitalise on the burgeoning DIY culture in the countryside.  There will be loads of stalls packed with hands on inventions located in the beautiful Wales Institute of Sustainable Education (WISE).

Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers — anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. Machynlleth Mini Maker Faire is the only Maker Faire in Wales and is inviting Makers to take part.

For further details and to complete an online application form visit http://makerfairemachynlleth.com/call-for-makers/

Deadline Extended Friday 30th August 2013.