Brighton (Not So) Mini Maker Faire

Brighton (Not So) Mini Maker Faire

Last Saturday was the second Brighton Mini Maker Faire, where over 7000 people came to meet the makers, try making something themselves and play with all the gadgets on display.

Our stand was close to one of the entrances to the Corn Exchange, which combined with the patrolling Dalek, and Superpants‘ impressive fluid sculpture (amongst other exhibits) caused quite a bottleneck. However, with so many great things to see and make, the whole hall was filled with people and it was difficult to imagine how the faire had managed to fit in just the Dome foyer last year.

Walking around there was almost too much to explore, and a huge, but bearable, onslaught on the senses. At one end of the hall Build Brighton invited people to Scalexercise by powering a huge Scalextric using an exercise bike and cross-trainer. Nearby the O’Reilly book stand had Fitness for Geeks on display, meaning the faire gave a nod to the sporting theme of the summer. Elsewhere Bare Conductive were demonstrating what you can make using their conductive ink pens that allow you to draw electric circuits on paper models and greeting cards. Another interesting material on display was sugru, a type of modelling clay that sets to form rubber.

Add to this around 15 3D printers made from two kits, one dimensional pong, and Raspberry PIs, alongside a nostalgic display of BBC micros, Commodores 64s and ZX Spectrums from the National Museum of Computing, and you have a fantastic way to while away a September Saturday. Here’s hoping it comes back even bigger and better in 2013.