It’s nearly here!
over a week days away from Manchester’s first ever Mini Maker Faire and we’re really pleased that we have a great selection of Makers joining us at MOSI. We encouraged Makers to incorporate hands-on elements and they’ve done us proud.
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Tony loads the giant Ker Plunk inspired game he made[/caption]
There’s plenty of workshops to get stuck into, amazing interactive artworks and musical instruments, plus games like crazy golf and giant Ker Plunk.
All the Makers are passionate and enthusiastic about their projects, so when you’re visiting don’t be shy about talking to them. Maker Faires of all sizes, from mini to massive, are much more fun when there’s lots of “What if…?” “Could I…?” and “Have you tried…?” flying around. It’s not just about the things that are there in front of you, it’s about the things that are yet to be.
Risk assessments are not scary.
A risk assessment shows that you have considered (reasonable) risks to yourself and the people interacting with the exhibit. Providing us with a risk assessment allows our insurers to assess whether your activities come under our insurance.
If you haven’t prepared a risk assessment before, take a look at some examples and templates online. We’re happy to talk you through the process if you like, and you’ve got the direct email addresses in the Maker Pack.
A risk assessment consists chiefly of writing down common sense, which means telling us what you’re already doing or could easily put in place to reduce or remove any risks. For instance, it’s helpful to tell us that your equipment is in good condition and that it has been or will be PATested, that you know how to use it appropriately, maybe you won’t leave it running unattended. *edited to add* If your contribution generates fumes of any kind, the risk assessment is the time to flag it up and outline your ventilation needs. We don’t want to have to evacuate the building when sensors detect fumes, or have the fire brigade turning up unnecessarily. For extra belt and braces approach, even if you mentioned ventilation in the application, give us a shout on the Google Group or by any other means, so that we can locate you somewhere suitable.
Think about the kind of information that people might want to know before interacting with your exhibit and how you could present that information. Maybe you’re demonstrating something that has a peculiar side effect such as wiping hard drives. To reduce or avoid this risk, you could let people know about the effect and mark out an exclusion zone for things that are susceptible that kind of interference.
This is all stuff that we are sure you’d do anyway. We would just like to see it written down in advance of the event. We’ll deal with the physical spaces, things like first aid and fire alarms, so you just have to think about your exhibit.
If you have any questions, please contact us. You can also take a look at the Google Group to see if a similar topic is being discussed.
Public Liability Insurance and other formalities
So, the fun and exciting confirmations went out to Makers a while ago. This week, with only 2 weeks to go until the event (deep breaths) we’ve asked our Makers to provide their Public Liability Insurance certificates.
We are well aware that a lot of people will not have PLI and we’re not asking people to go and buy it to participate in this one off event. If you do have it, we’d like to see a copy of the certificate. If you don’t have it, we really need a risk assessment from you as soon as possible.
“But my exhibit isn’t dangerous!”
We’re sure it isn’t, but all our Makers are required to write a risk assessment. Approach it as a plan of what you are going to do, imagining how an average* person might interact with your exhibit. This is especially important if what you described in your Maker Application is now different to what you plan on actually doing. In most cases, MOSI will be able to take you under our insurance so you won’t need your own Public Liability Insurance, but we do need your risk assessment in order to sort this out.
“Can’t we just sign a waiver?”
All events at MOSI require contributors to show that they have PLI and/ or risk assessments. We can look into waivers for the future, but it is not going to be possible to prepare a suitable one in time for this event. We’ll be collecting feedback from Makers to help us evaluate this event, so you could use that as an opportunity to comment on this topic.
Please contact us with your questions (or using the relevant addresses provided in the Maker Pack) and we will be happy to talk through the process with you. You can also take a look at the Google Group to see if a similar topic is being discussed.
*yes, horrible term. Think “least extreme”.
In three weeks time, we’ll be getting ready to welcome Makers to start setting up for Manchester’s first ever Mini Maker Faire. We’ve got leaflets going out to Makers so they can remind or inform friends, family colleagues or complete strangers. A Maker Information Pack is nearly ready and we’re still working on the fine details of where exactly everyone will be located.
Most people will be in the 1830 Warehouse. If you’ve been to MOSI before, this is where we’ve the FuturEverything art exhibition, the Culture Customising and Harley-Davidson exhibition and BodyWorlds. It’s where the Connecting Manchester Gallery is so you could pop in and see models used in The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the dressing gown worn by Jeremy Brett when he played Sherlock Holmes.
The top floor of the Warehouse will be the principal space that will be filled with Makers and their projects. Here are some photos of an older layout that help to convey the what the space is like. The Maker Pack will detail what you can do in this Grade 1 listed building.
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This is the main stair and lift tower that will bring people into the midst of the concentration of Makers on the top floor.[/caption]
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Beams, pillars, floorboards and exposed brickwork of the 1830 Warehouse top floor[/caption]
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Another angle showing floorboards, pillars and beams of the 1830 Warehouse[/caption]
Imagine this space filled with enthusiastic people; exhibiting, visiting, being inspired, scheming their next project. It’s going to be great.
Event Volunteers – CLOSED
A little earlier than our proclaimed deadline of the 7th July, but we have to close the call for event volunteers. Thank you all to those who have applied. We look forward to meeting you!
Call for Volunteers
We’ve had a good response to our call for volunteers to help make the event run smoothly, so thank you for coming forward and offering your help if you already have. If you’re considering whether you can volunteer, please get in touch with us through email@example.com or give MOSI a call on 0161 606 0105
by the 7th July*.
*We have had to close our call for volunteers 25th June
Does it all add up?
We’ve had some questions from potential Makers about costs associated with being a Maker. We don’t want Makers to end up really out of pocket when they’re spreading the joys of Making.
- We’ll be providing light refreshments to keep Makers hydrated and fuelled.
- If you plan to run a make and take workshop, you can ask visitors for a contribution to cover the materials they use. You must look after this yourself, so consider how you will deal with the security of any cash and bring a float for change.
- Makers can claim some expenses.
In other words, please don’t let the cost of getting here or buying materials that will be used up in demos put you off applying – let’s chat.
Our Maker expenses policy
Some expenses will be available for Makers to help with fuel, van hire or event related materials. Please enquire in advance if you need these. If you’re going to ask visitors for a contribution for any workshop materials they use, you can’t claim for these again through the museum. Expenses will be distributed at the discretion of the museum. The amounts disbursed will be linked to the community benefit achieved.