Firing The Imagination – Strong Support For Maker Faire UK

“It fires the imagination and gets kids excited about science and engineering – that’s the vital first step in getting them to think about careers where they can use these skills!” said Anne Reece from the Reece Foundation which has pledged £20,000 in support for Maker Faire UK which returns to Life Science Centre this April (25 & 26).

Billed as the “greatest show and tell on Earth”, Maker Faire UK is a celebration across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.  Makers from all walks of life will descend on Newcastle to showcase their projects to an expected audience of more than 10,000 visitors, all keen to soak up the buzz of this creative, innovative and inspiring event.  The two-day spectacular has also attracted the interest of one of the largest chip-design companies in the world, MediaTek.

Mimmis Cleeren, Director of MediaTek Labs for Europe & India, said: “Maker Faire is a world-wide phenomenon and the Makers who attend are at the forefront of new emerging technologies and the burgeoning Maker Movement. As MediaTek Labs identifies with and supports creative and driven pioneers in the maker and developer communities, we are delighted to support Maker Faire UK 2015 in Newcastle. We are looking forward to demonstrating interesting new prototype devices built using MediaTek LinkIt™ development platforms for Wearables and IoT, and to engage first-hand with makers from all walks of life.”

With everything from robots to rockets, the aim of the event is two-fold: to give Makers a platform to show what they have made and share what they have learned and also to spark and nurture a curiosity for science and the role it plays in our lives amongst adults and children alike.

According to Lucy Winskell OBE, Northumbria University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Engagement, Maker Faire UK is the ideal event to get young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  She said: “Northumbria University is supporting Maker Faire UK because it makes a difference and helps inspire people – especially young people – to have a go and see what they can do. That’s exactly what we need if we want to plug the skills gap and address the gender imbalance in STEM. It is vitally important we encourage the next generation to see the exciting range of careers available to them in this area.”

She added: “Our ongoing support for this wonderful, family friendly weekend of invention and creativity further demonstrates Northumbria’s commitment to driving world-class research and teaching across STEM disciplines following the launch of our innovative Think Physics project and our co-funded £6.7 million investment in new STEM facilities.”

Linda Conlon, chief executive at Life, said: “It’s clear from the success of previous Maker Faires that people are viewing science and engineering differently.”

She added: “While the event is for all ages, it’s an important part of our efforts to inspire and support the next generation of scientists and engineers, Maker Faire really emphasises the huge range of opportunities open to young people by studying STEM subjects. So we are thrilled to have our key supporters on board, as without them, the event would not be possible.”

This year’s headline supporters are:  Northumbria University, The Reece Foundation, MediaTek Labs and Make Magazine.

Tickets are now on sale and cost £9.95 per adult and £24.10 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).  For more information or to buy tickets online, please visit www.MakerFaireUK.com

Headliner Announced: The Osmosis Machine

The second headliner to be announced for Maker Faire UK 2015 is ‘The Osmosis Machine’ by Adrian Pritchard.

Osmosis Machine

This 10 foot tall live kinetic painting will be an incredible spectacle all weekend.

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The 2015 Call for Volunteers is Now OPEN!

The call for Makers is now closed, which means it’s now time for the call for Volunteers.

Maker Faire needs volunteers with lots of different backgrounds to do lots of different jobs, so if you fancy helping out apply now!

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION NOW! >

The deadline for applying to be a volunteer at Maker Faire UK 2015 is noon on Friday 27 March 2015.

If you want to know more about what we’re looking for, have a look at ‘Info for Volunteers’ or click here.

Guest Blog by MediaTek Labs

Want to get your hands on cool wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) devices or let us help you make one yourself to show off at Maker Faire?

MediaTek Labs is excited to be a headline supporter of this year’s UK Maker Faire being held in Newcastle.

We have a largish area on the maker floor. In the spirit of the event we are going to show interesting, cool wearable and IoT demos built using the MediaTek LinkIt™ development portfolio.

We’re working on the details, but current candidates include a building evacuation drone, a robotic fish that monitors the ocean aquatic environment, a smart brewer that provides a step-by-step guide to home brewing, and a mind control device.

MediaTek Labs is an online community of developers and device makers. It is the home of MediaTek LinkIt, a development portfolio for Wearables & IoT devices. Whatever your idea, combine the LinkIt development boards with off-the shelf components and code created using the LinkIt SDKs to prototype your wearable and IoT devices. Then connect with partners that can turn your inspiration into product (visit http://labs.mediatek.com/linkit to learn more).

Stop by the MediaTek Labs corner, say “Hi” and have a play with our devices. But in the meantime, what would you like us to demonstrate? Have you built any devices that we could demo on our tables? Or would you like to build something we (and you) could show off? All the resources you will need can be found at http://labs.mediatek.com or get in touch directly @MediaTekLabs.

Headliner Announced: The Human Machine

The first headliner to be announced for Maker Faire UK 2015 is the Human Machine! After unfortunately not being able to make it last year, it is coming new and improved and you can find out a bit more here.

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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.

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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.

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT FOR MAKER FAIRE 2015 >

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…

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT NOw! >

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!