Maker Faire UK 2015 Tickets Are Now On Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for Maker Faire UK 2015, held at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle on 25 and 26 April 2015.

You can purchase the tickets through the Life Science Centre.


There will be a limited number of tickets available on the door but we recommend purchasing in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Call for Makers – 10 Days To Go!

The deadline is almost upon us! There’s only 10 days more for Makers to apply to bring their proposals to Maker Faire UK 2015, so get your submissions in.


The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 25 January 2015.

The 2015 Call for Makers is Now OPEN!

If you’d like to be part of Maker Faire UK 2015 as a maker, hacker, crafter, DIYer or otherwise interesting purveyor of inventive items…


The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 25 January 2015.

If you’d like to visit Maker Faire UK 2015 but don’t have a project proposal to submit, sit tight! General admission tickets to the event will go on sale in the New Year.

Maker Faire UK 2015 Dates Announced!

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 April 2015

Maker Faire UK 2015 will take place at Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 April.

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Maker Faire UK 2014 – Official Video

We’re thrilled to present the official video of Maker Faire UK 2014 for your enjoyment. Perhaps you can spot yourself in it? Have a watch and relive that great weekend!

Maker Faire UK 2014 – that’s a wrap!

The Makers have packed up and gone home but the buzz is still lingering here at the Life Science Centre. Since 2009′s inaugural event, Newcastle has become a Mecca for Makers and they came again in their droves for 2014′s faire, the most spectacular yet. It’s been a fabulous festival weekend crammed with ingenuity, invention and good humour. We’d like to take this chance to thank you all!

The crew of Robohand

The crew of Robohand

The Times Square Showground featured some of the weekend’s biggest attractions. You can’t have missed the crushing power of Robohand nor the mobile giants Binbot and Turbo, but did you take a ride on the Flycycle or hear Joe Lowdon’s fascinating Gameboy music? Did you catch the cheekily choreographed drama of the Spark! drumming troupe?

Binbot takes to the streets of Newcastle

Binbot takes to the streets of Newcastle

Inside the Science Centre, 100 exhibits were spread across four zones. Discovery School blasted model Formula One cars down a miniature track whilst Stormtroopers paraded in the entranceway. We loved Nottingham Hackspace’s Floppy Disk Orchestra and Kickstarter success stories Mirobot and Ototo. Upstairs, Allenomis Enter the Fold screen-printed some awesome thermochromic tote bags and the Jam Jar Collective’s Waggler game put smiles on faces.

Crowds in Zone D

Crowds in Zone D

In the Science Theatre, Vinay Gupta, Sabrina Merlo and sci-fi author Cory Doctorow drew large crowds to hear their talks. Mitch Altman and MadLab ran popular soldering workshops whilst Intel’s pigeon flight simulator had visitors throwing some very funny shapes indeed.

Soldering Workshops

Mitch Altman’s Soldering Workshops

The 3D printed marvels of Shapeways and Ultimaker sat happily alongside some good old fashioned nostalgia, most notably Hitchin Hackspace’s giant BigTrak vehicle. The National Museum of Computing’s retro games consoles were a huge draw, as ever!

We think Maker Faire UK had something for everyone and can’t wait to do it all again. What were your favourite exhibits?


Buying Tickets – Important Info!

If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, listen up!

Online ticket sales will close at 12 noon on Friday 25 April.
After that tickets will be available to buy on the door on both days.

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‘Blood lab’ inside a mobile phone could detect cancer

Plans to design a smart phone app that can detect leukaemia will be among the innovations presented by Northumbria University researchers at the Centre for Life this weekend.

Northumbria University

Worawut Srisukkham, a PhD student at Northumbria University, Newcastle, is in the early stages of an ‘e-health technology’ project aimed at developing a mobile phone app that can examine blood sample images and diagnose cancer.

It would work by taking a magnified image of a blood slide via a microscopic lens attached to the smart phone, which the app would then be able to screen for evidence of leukaemia – a blood cancer.

Worawut will present his idea at Maker Faire UK at Newcastle’s Centre for Life on 26 and 27 April. Fellow Northumbria colleagues will also exhibit, including demonstrations of 3D printing, targeted drug delivery and an app that helps research the effect of the Himalayan Balsam plant on British bees.

Northumbria University is a main sponsor of Maker Faire UK. Billed as the greatest show-and-tell on Earth, it is a two-day celebration across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.  A family-friendly gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, hobbyists, engineers, artists and more, the event aims to inspire and enthuse people of all ages.

Once created, Worawut’s smart phone app could be used for initial diagnosis of people living in remote rural areas in developing countries, enabling rural doctors to analyse blood samples and refer patients to the city hospitals for treatment or further investigation.

Worawut said: “Creating a phone app that can perform this screening role would be a low cost and efficient solution to detect leukaemia in remote and resource-poor regions.”
In 2012, approximately 352,000 children and adults around the world developed some form of leukaemia with a similar number dying from the cancer.

Once his project is complete, Worawut hopes it will help to prevent unnecessary deaths from the disease caused by delayed diagnosis and treatment due to poverty or living in remote areas far away from large hospitals and laboratories.

“Our aim is to use the high-performance and technology of smart phones to help in health care,” Worawut added. “Doctors working in remote areas could use the technology to screen patients in their community and refer those with an abnormal result to the larger medical facilities.”

More than 300 Makers will exhibit their work during the international event in front of an anticipated audience in excess of 10,000. Highlights of Maker Faire UK include RoboHand, a huge hydraulically-powered robotic hand able to crush small cars in its grip, and Roboknit – a life-sized humanoid knitting robot.

Linda Conlon, Chief Executive of the Centre for Life, which organises and runs Maker Faire UK, said: “Maker Faire is a celebration of science in all its forms and everyone will find it inspirational.  It’s imaginative and creative, and a truly innovative way to engage with science, technology and engineering – the ideal platform to show young people how exciting it is and how it can help open up a whole world of rewarding careers.  We’re thrilled that Northumbria University is involved not only as main sponsors of the event but as Makers too, showcasing some of their exciting research projects.”

Spotlight On: The Restart Project

Have you ever noticed that your electrical appliances have a habit of breaking just outside of warranty? Imagine, though, if buying new was not the only option – maybe you can fix what you already have?

The Restart Project is a community of fixers who are on a mission to get people mending and they’re coming back to Maker Faire UK in 2014!

Restart was founded in London by Ugo Vallauri and Janet Gunter to combat the fears and misconceptions many people have regarding their ‘broken’ electronics. Ugo explains, “We don’t like it when we see things that end up in a skip, or even recycled by our councils, when they could have a second or third life if only we use some basic repair skills.”

The Restart Project

With manufacturers building obsolescence into their products routinely it can seem as though the cycle of consumption is inevitable – we worry that professional repairers will leave us feeling bamboozled with jargon, or even worse, swindled. Restart believes that the best way to quell such fears is to get people involved directly in the repair process.

They do this by hosting regular ‘Restart Parties.’ Members of the public come with their damaged items and then work alongside a volunteer fixer to find solutions. An initial ‘triage’ stage aims to diagnose by describing the problem, but more often than not, the best way to learn and progress is to disassemble.  As fixer Francis Dove puts it: “the best technicians are nosy.”

The demystifying process is empowering and there’s no reason why anyone can’t be involved. 

Nearly a quarter of all electrical waste in recycling centres is repairable, Ugo suggests. If you’ve got a flat-lining phone or a troublesome toaster, why don’t you bring it along to Maker Faire UK? A Restart Party will take place on Saturday 26 April from 2-5pm in the Welcome Room on the Life Science Centre’s mezzanine floor.

Buy your tickets for Maker Faire UK in advance now.

Philip K. Dick Android Cancellation

We had some disappointing news come in today.

We’re sorry to inform you all that due to circumstances beyond our control, Hanson Robotics are no longer able to attend Maker Faire UK with their Philip K. Dick Android. We apologise for any disappointment that this may cause.

Maker Faire UK still boasts over 100 awesome attractions and promises to be a weekend of wonders for inquisitive minds of all ages. Read about our biggest spectacle yet, the car-crushing Robohand!