Brighton Maker Faire Looking for Makers for 2012 Event

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Following the success of the first Brighton Mini Maker Faire in 2011, a date has been announced for the 2012 event, and applications from Makers who wish to participate are invited.

Last year's event - which featured live demonstrations and hands-on activities run by Makers whose projects ranged from traditional arts and crafts, to science experiments, DIY, electronics and more - was attended by over 5,000 people and was universally commended.

This year, Brighton Mini Maker Faire will return on a larger scale, taking over the entire Corn Exchange space, as well as the Dome foyer and bar area that was used for last year's event. The buzzword for this year's event is "collaboration" and the organisers hope to attract Makers with ideas for interactive projects with which the public can get involved, on both a large and small scale.

Said Mike Pountney, Build Brighton Hackspace Director and Brighton Mini Maker Faire co-organiser:
"Last year's Brighton Mini Maker Faire was a storming success and we were amazed at the breadth and scope of creations and skills on display. We had miniature submarines, home made robots, needlecraft workshops, neural network simulations, a whole host of new musical instruments, and much more. This year we're hoping to extend that list to include even more types of makers: we'd love to meet bodgers, welders, sculptors and engineers; food hackers, origami experts, yarn bombers and permaculturists; festival performers and set designers. With the extra space and our theme of "collaboration", we also hope to host a lot more practical workshops, and in particular are looking for Makers who can lead sessions with the public and ideally crowdsource some new creations!"

He went on to comment:
"Even if you've never exhibited at an event like this before, but are someone who has a passion for making and a project - either completed or in progress - that you could show off and share with the public, we'd love to hear from you. If you know someone you think we should encourage to apply, we'd love to hear from you too!"

Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012 will take place on Saturday 8th September at the Corn Exchange on Church Road, and remains a free event for all the family.

How to get involved:
Applications to participate in the event as a Maker are now open and makers from Brighton, Sussex and beyond are invited to sign up at: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/call-to-makers-2012. The deadline for applications is 20th June 2012.

The list of Makers that participated in last year's event can be found at: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com/makers-2011

Brighton Mini Maker Faire is also looking to engage with local schools and colleges, and encourages teachers and students to get in touch with ideas for projects or workshops.

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire was created by O'Reilly Media's Make Magazine in 2006 to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset." Since then, there have been regular events across the US and in Newcastle, UK - attracting Makers from around the world and visitors of all ages.

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