Cart 0

News

Event Alert: The National Festival of Making, Blackburn, 6th-7th May

Gareth Halfacree

Event Alert: The National Festival of Making, Blackburn, 6th-7th May

The UK now has a National Festival of Making, and there's little surprise to find that it's being held in the UK Maker Belt - Blackburn, Lancashire, to be precise - on the 6th and 7th of May 2017. With the venue chosen for its links to manufacturing - a quarter of Blackburn's population works in the making and manufacturing industries, far higher than most UK cities - and organised by a group led by designer Wayne Hemingway, the event is billed a "a new kind of festival for a new age of making." The prime attraction is to be...

Read more →


Attended MadLab? There's a Survey Waiting for Your Input

Gareth Halfacree

Attended MadLab? There's a Survey Waiting for Your Input

Our friends at MadLab, the Manchester not-for-profit which has hosted events ranging from hands-on electronics workgroups and Mitch Altman soldering workshops to regular Game Jams and the Maker Assembly, are looking for feedback from their users and visitors in the wake of an application to the Arts Council to help grow the facility. If you've ever been to MadLab, whether it's to attend one of the aforementioned events or for one of the regular meet-ups that occur there, the team behind it is seeking your input. If you've got a handful of minutes, consider completing the quick survey on exactly...

Read more →


Final Call for Makers at Maker Faire UK 2017

Gareth Halfacree

Final Call for Makers at Maker Faire UK 2017

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...

Read more →


Event Alert: Make Stuff with MadLab at Fred Aldous this December

Gareth Halfacree

Event Alert: Make Stuff with MadLab at Fred Aldous this December

As we head into December and the run-up to Christmas, many people's minds turn to the topic of making - even if it's something as simple as working on a hand-made card or perfecting your wrapping skills. For those around Manchester next week, the lovely people at MadLab have an event to help you delve a little deeper into maker culture with everything from Arduino and soldering lessons to wearable technology and live demos. Unusually, the Make Stuff event isn't taking place in MadLab itself; instead, the team is taking over the basement of arts and crafts specialist Fred Aldous...

Read more →


Event Alert: Manchester Game Jam, MadLab, December 10th-11th

Gareth Halfacree

Event Alert: Manchester Game Jam, MadLab, December 10th-11th

Our friends at MadLab have announced the final Manchester Game Jam of the year, running from Saturday December 10th to Sunday December 11th and offering a two-day scramble to produce a game for presentation on the evening of the Sunday for individuals or teams willing to roll up their sleeves and get busy. A regular event, Manchester Game Jam is timed to coincide with a worldwide movement dubbed Ludum Dare in which programmers and other makers compete to build a functional game in just two days. Those participating in the official Ludum Dare competition are invited to MadLab to work...

Read more →