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Maker Assembly Heads to Manchester This November

Gareth Halfacree

Maker Assembly in action

If you're going to be in or around Manchester in November, we've got a date to stick in your diary: Maker Assembly is heading to Manchester's MadLab on the 12th of November, and it promises to be another unmissable gathering of the maker scene's best and brightest.

We wrote about the first Maker Assembly to hit the UK Maker Belt earlier this year, ahead of Maker Assembly Sheffield at the end of August. Created in partnership with the V&A Digital Programmes initiative and the Lighthouse arts and culture agency, Maker Assembly aims to foster discussion within the realm of maker culture, tools, makerspaces, and other areas of interest.

Previous speakers have included Liz Corbin, founder of the Open Workshop Network, Restart Project co-founder Janet Gunther, Kickstarter outreach lead Heather Corcoran, Craftivist Collective founder Sarah Corbett, and Makerversity coworking incubator creator Tom Tobia. The list for the Manchester event is no less illustrious: confirmed speakers include Adrian McEwen of MCQN Ltd. and DoES Liverpool, MetaReciclagem co-founder Felipe Fonseca, urban researcher and POC21 eco-hacking camp co-founder Justyna Swat, and Autodesk's Paul Sohi.

If you went to the Maker Assembly Sheffield in August, or the earlier Belfast or London events, you'll know that attendees are in for a real treat; if not, you'll have to just take our word for it. In either case, we'd recommend reading more about the event on the V&A blog by Irini Papadimitriou, or just heading over to Eventbrite to pick up a ticket.

Maker Assembly is a gathering of people interested in making. We bring people together to have a critical conversation about cultures of making: their meaning, politics, history and future. We encourage everyone to participate by combining short talks with contributions from the attendees. It is peer-to-peer, informal and conversational. We're organising this event in conjunction with the Crafts Council's Make:Shift conference.

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