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The Maker Assembly to Hit Sheffield in August

Gareth Halfacree

The Maker Assembly's blow-up workspace

The UK Maker Belt is always home to some of the very best events in the nation, and if you're local to the area or fancy travelling there's another entry to stick in your calendar: the Maker Assembly is coming to Sheffield this August.

Following its launch in the V&A in London late last year and Maker Assembly Belfast in March, support for the event has been skyrocketing - and it's now coming to the UK Maker Belt for the first time. Scheduled for Wednesday the 31st of August at the Roco Creative Co-op, the event promises to bring together makers from all disciplines - electronics, engineering, craft, design, robotics, high-tech and low-tech with professional experience, amateur experience, or absolutely no experience at all, with a focus on collaboration and conversation.

Speakers confirmed for the Sheffield event include: Heather Corcoran, outreach lead for crowd-funding site Kickstarter's UK and European arms; Huw Wahl, documentarian responsible for covering Action Space, a radical artists' collective in London and Sheffield in the 60s and 70s; Annebella Pollen, author of Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, a book investigating mid-war woodcrafting pacifists; Akiko Kobayashi, architect and community-led building project facilitator known for an implementation of the open-source Wikihouse and the Tiree Noust Boathouse; Craftivist Collective founder Sarah Corbett; and Tom Tobia, the man behind the Makerversity coworking incubator. More speakers are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Sponsored by the Comino Foundation, tickets are priced at £10 for the day including refreshments and a communal lunch. Full details are available at the official website.

Maker Assembly is coming to Sheffield this August. We bring people together to have a critical conversation about the cultures of making 1 – its meaning, politics, history and future. We encourage everyone to participate by combining short talks with contributions from the attendees. Maker Assembly is peer-to-peer, informal and conversational.


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