It doesn't seem more than a few minutes since we were eating mince pies and singing Auld Lang Syne, but the year is already whizzing past - in particular the countdown to Maker Faire UK 2017, with those interested in participating as a maker left with just this weekend in which to complete and submit their applications for consideration.
Described, entirely fairly, as the greatest show and tell on Earth, Maker Faires are always a blast for exhibitors and attendees alike. Our highlights from last year's Maker Faire UK include hands-on soldering workshops with Mitch Altman, Copenhagen Suborbital's crowdfunded manned space mission, Matthew Little's clever little electronics kits, Newcastle Maker Space's Penguin Race, and the smart Arduino-based Mirobot robot, among other attractions too numerous to name.
As always, Maker Faire UK is asking for applications from those wishing to exhibit at the event - and you don't have to run a company to consider doing so: hackspaces, partnerships, and individual hobbyists are all welcome to head to Newcastle this April and show off what they've been working on, from complex electronic creations to the softer art of knitting.
If you're interested, though, you're going to have to get a move on: the application period closes at 5PM on Monday the 23rd of January, leaving you with just this weekend to polish off your plan and submit your application through the official exhibitors' form.
Maker Faire UK 2017 takes place on the 1st and 2nd of April at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle, with full details available from the website.