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Manchester Mini Maker Faire 2014


We’re back for 2014, our third faire! This year’s weekend long festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness will be Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, 2014.

Once again the Museum of Science & Industry will play host to all kinds of makers showing off their marvellous creations. From coders and programmers, crafters and stitchers, to artists and builders, there’s something for everyone at Manchester’s biggest show and tell.


Scavenger Annie’s workshop at last year’s Faire.

Scavenger Annie’s workshop at last year’s Faire.

We need lots of makers to make a Maker Faire!

Anyone who embraces the ‘do-it-yourself’ or ‘do-it-together’ spirit is welcome to apply. If you create, build, invent, design or hack then we want to hear from you! We welcome applications from individuals, groups, clubs, schools and businesses who want to share their skills and provide an engaging, hands-on experience for an appreciative audience.


Here are just some of the things we want to have at this year’s Manchester Mini Maker Faire:

3D Printing – Cycling Inventions – Young Makers – Interactive Workshops – Hands-on Activities –  Mechanics Projects – Textiles – Screen Printing – Robotics – Musical Instruments – Science Demos – Craft – Robotics – Software Projects – Toys – Games – Recycled Projects – Arts – Apps – Talks – Open Source – Traditional Craft – Programming – Unusual Machines – How to Fix Things – Arduino – Raspberry Pi – Conductive Materials – Alternative Energies – Black Smithing 

Head over to the Call for Makers page to find out more.

Remember to follow us on Twitter @MakerFaireMCR and like us on Facebook.

2013 – The year of 100 Maker Faires

Happy new year!

We’re well on the way planning this year’s Faire – dates soon to be announced. Keep your eyes peeled!
In the meantime checkout this post from the guys over at MAKE. We’re extremely proud of all the makers and visitors who help us be part of the fantastic growth of Maker Faires in 2013.

Maker Faire Celebrates 100 Faires

The rise in “Mini” Maker Faires — smaller scale, independently produced, local events — is where the story is. A total of 93 Mini Maker Faires graced the globe in 2013, compared to just 56 in 2012 (just glance at thered in the graph below). “Communities are getting involved in charting their own future and celebrating making in so many ways that make sense in their own unique regions,” said Sherry Huss, vice president of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire.

Read more on  MAKE…


This weekend 2013

This weekend 2013

Maker Pack sent out

Maker Pack sent out

Makers, please check your e-mail,  we’ve sent out the Maker Pack, it should give you all the information you need for exhibiting at Manchester Mini Maker Faire.

Check out the Maker Resources page for updates. We’ll also post any other useful information or questions that come up. 

One last thing, please could you get your risk assessments to us by Friday 3rd August. Please send them to Julie,

Maker Warm-up 2013

Maker Warm-up!
Wednesday 17th July, 7-9pm at Hackspace Manchester

HacMan Logo

We’ve teamed up with Hackspace Manchester (HACMan) to hold a Maker Warm-up session. It’s next Wednesday evening (17th) which, like most Wednesday evenings, is HACMan’s open evening welcoming everyone.

A few of us organisers will be around so you can discuss your projects and ask any questions you may have. Why not bring something to hack/make/show-off and discover all the great facilities  HACMan have.

Location: Hackspace Manchester

Date: Wednesday 17th July 2013

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Directions here

2013 confirmations

Makers: check your mail!

Taken by Gareth Hacking

We’ve just sent out e-mails to everyone who’s applied to be a maker at Manchester Mini Maker Faire 2013.

We’ve also just sent confirmations to the volunteers who’ve applied up now, don’t worry if you haven’t applied yet, we’ll keep the form open a little longer.

Haven’t heard anything? Contact Us

You have until Friday to get your applications in!

You have until Friday to get your applications in!

Jordan CropperWe’re looking for makers of all kinds, from Artists and Crafters to Engineers and Roboteers.  

 No matter if you make, modify, fix or hack. Even just want to share your love for what you do, Maker Faire is the place for you!


Remember we also welcome any of you that want to sell what you make. Simply note it down when you apply.


1 week left call for makers

Just 1 week to get your applications in!

The Call for Makers closes in just 1 week time, get your applications in!

We’re looking for makers of all kinds, from Artists and Crafters to Engineers and Roboteers.  

No matter if you make, modify, fix or hack. Even just want to share your love for what you do, Maker Faire is the place for you!


Call for Volunteers!

Call for Volunteers!


Volunteers help make a Maker Faire! Without the fantastic teams of volunteers that power Maker Faire’s around the world they simply wouldn’t be the amazing event they are.

Manchester is no different and needs you! We have a range of roles that we’d like to fill, these include:


  • General volunteers  (this could be anything from helping setup and minding makers stands to helping visitors navigate around the faire )
  • Entrance volunteers 
    The first people visitors see [and receive a nice sticker off] when they arrive at Maker Faire. It can get rather busy so mustn’t mind a bit of hustle and bustle while keeping a big smile on your face :-)
  • Soldering Volunteer
    Soldering is a Maker Faire staple, every one who visits a Faire should leave having learnt how to solder [with a cool badge!] If you can solder please do think about helping us out.
  • Photo/video Volunteer
    With so much amazing going we need some help capturing all the memories. To register for this role we ask that you are happy to upload your work to one of our accounts and for us to use it for any Maker Faire related things [ideally release it under a CC license]). Of course we will always attribute you.
  • Maker Faire Crier - Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!
    Not sure what a [town] crier is, take a look at this video. We think this could be a fantastic way to let visitors know what’s happen throughout the day.

As you can see we’ve got a good range of roles to choose from. Volunteering at Maker Faire is not only a great experience but also offer a few perks too like a free a T-Shirt, free food, and the equivalent of a backstage pass (access to the faire outside of public hours) a wonderful chance to socialise and see exhibits up-close. 


Call for Makers is open!

Calling all Makers!

The Call for Makers 2013 is now live!

Machester Mini Maker Faire is back for 2013 and it’s going to be bigger and better! To do this we need plenty of Makers so click below and find out more.

You can find out more and apply to be a Maker here.

We are already planning some big outdoor making activities and a wider range of hands-on workshops. One thing we have added this year is a small programme of brief, exciting talks and presentations; so please do consider whether you have anything to offer!