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Every City Should Have a Maker Faire

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Every City Should Have a Maker Faire


London is the capital city of the United Kingdom, so why hasn’t anyone organized a Maker Faire here before? This was the thought running through my mind as I made my return train journey to South London, after a day out at Brighton Mini Maker Faire in September 2012.

With over 8 million people living in London, a thriving creative community in the east end, and a 600-strong hackspace, it seemed like the obvious place for such an event, and a little under 10 months later, I found myself busily running around, walkie-talkie in hand, lanyard around my neck, and bunting above me, shouting , “we are about to open, is everyone ready?”

Marc, one of the organisers captured by ScreamGrab, a photo booth triggered by screaming, using a Triggertrap setup.

Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire is London’s first Maker Faire. It is named after the area in which it is situated, just south of the River Thames which, courses through the city, dividing it into north and south. Elephant & Castle, or Elephant as it is affectionately known by the locals is a renowned for it’s difficult-to-navigate roundabout, upon which, is the London College of Communication (LCC) the venue for the first Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire.

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A community map of Elephant & Castle detailing how residents would like to see the area improved, by Changify

The event was attended by over 1,500 people, who saw in the region of 70 Maker booths, among which were some fantastic projects including Liquid Pixels by Daniel Kupfer which, was produced as a piece for a Samsung commercial…


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There was also a number of pieces of work from students and alumni of LCC’s BA (Hons.) Design for Interactive and Moving Image programme, including the following piece called Haptic – Unwanted Touch.


In addition to the various attractions were workshops in both through-hole and surface-mount soldering, electro dough, programming, paper-making, and much more, in all we ran over 15 hands-on workshops and activities for kids and adults alike.

There was also had a program of 15 minute lightning talks running through the day, and the following day we ran a day long Mini Maker Faire Meetup on Maker Culture, featuring talks, and panel discussions from the likes of Cory Doctorow, Tim Hunkin, and Dominic Wilcox.


Mini Maker Faire might be it’s name but as many attendees and visitors said, “there is nothing Mini about Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire!”

Over the coming days, we will be publishing videos of the Lightning Talks, and Mini Maker Faire Meetup.


6 thoughts on “Every City Should Have a Maker Faire

  1. terre says:

    I am new to everything about the maker movement except an interest in making, and a desire to move the movement along. My limitations are a lack of competence in computer navigation and savvy, and lack of experience in actually making things, so I feel I’m on the outside of the playground looking in, where occasionally I catch someone’s eye and they call me in but then run off before they show me the trick to opening the gate. A few times I have scaled the wall and fell over and breathed it in walking around pretending to be part of it but knowing I couldn’t participate, because all would realize I had no business being there, and besides I didn’t even know for sure WHICH group I wanted to be with, because they are all very appealing.

  2. cknich5 says:

    Reblogged this on NoCo Maker Faire.

  3. atomland says:

    There are some amazing pictures from this Maker Faire on the Flickr Pool here:

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