If you're in or around Manchester later this month, there's an event we'd like to bring to your attention. Described as "a symposium to explore the impact of local connections on future makespaces and redistributed manufacturing," the Future Makespaces in Redistributed Manufacturing Level 2 (Local Networks) two-day conference features a variety of speakers from all ends of the maker movement and industry - including our good friends and fellow UK Maker Belt Association (UKMBA) members Adrian McEwan and Hwa Young Jung. Taking place on the 20th and 21st of July, each day features six speakers - with Adrian and Hwa Young scheduled for Monday the 20th - talking about their work and experiences within the makespace, hackspace, and redistributed manufacturing movements. Topics on offer include makespaces as a manufacturing strategy for businesses, a look at distributed manufacturing locations, building making communities, and a horizon-gazing guess at the future of the industry. Better still, it's all being hosted at Salford's fascinating Biospheric Project, commissioned by Manchester International Festival in 2013 to turn a formerly derelict mill into a lab for research into design and food production, complete with a vertical urban farm. In short, it should be a great event - and, to cap it all off, tickets are free and lunch is provided.
Hosted in Salford's exciting Biospheric Project alongside an urban farm, this event will bring together speakers and participants from a range of diverse backgrounds, including makerspaces, manufacturers, product designers, investors, developers, suppliers, artists and academics. Each day has a line up of six speakers with experience and expertise in futures, makespaces, manufacturing, civic networks and development.