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Mini Maker Faire Speaker Programme

Just as we were starting to think we couldn’t get any more excited about the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire, we can now reveal our fantastic speaker programme! Featuring makers and experts from the across the creative industries, these fun and informative events are a perfect place to pick up some crafty inspiration and advice.

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Here is a whistle stop tour of some of the day’s highlights…
Creative Edinburgh and Make Works have curated a series of quick fire Talking Heads events. Six exciting guests will discuss their work for 15 minutes before the floor is opened to the audience for questions.
Chris Hewell, founder of the Edinburgh Tool Library, will host a workshop and skill building event at 10.30. Chris will demonstrate the community service his initiative provides: loaning basic tools, giving expert advice and practical demonstrations whilst providing employment and employability training for young people.
At 12.00Gunnar Groves-Raine of the Edinburgh based, award winning architecture and design studio GRAS, will present Making Connections, a programme aiming to create meaningful connections between young creatives and audiences in the UK and South Africa.
Following this at 13.30 we welcome the Dundee Research Studio, a group of researchers, tutors, PHD students and designers based in the University of Dundee, who are investigating the potential of Interactive Newsprint. This innovative and playful new technology could become a revolutionary way of telling news stories or distributing information to local communities.
Later in the afternoon at 15.00, Sarah Drummond will introduce Scotland’s first ever Cyclehack, a weekend in June where designers, developers, makers and people who move across the cities in different ways, all work together to create hacks that can improve city cycling.
Finally, join visual artist Ewan Sinclair at 16.30. He will be talking about his creative work with 3D scanning and all manner of digital technologies, including a DIY mobile cinema and constructed neo-medieval projector wielding knights.
All these events are taking place in the  Anatomy Lecture Theatre in Summerhall and are included in the Mini Maker Faire entrance price (£3) – there is no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Fix your stuff at the Repair Cafe!

What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? With a toaster that no longer works? Or with a woolly jumper that’s full of holes?

Toss it? No way! Bring it along to the Repair Café at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.

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Brought to you by Glasgow’s MAKLab, designers, crafters and people who make and fix stuff will be ready and waiting to make your object good as new or find it a whole new purpose. They’ll even talk you through how they did it.

Any broken, badly-designed or malfunctioning object is welcome, but how about…

  • Electronics and small electrical items – headphones, speakers etc.
  • Clothes – knitted, or for darning or patching
  • Household items and gadgets

The Café will be open all day. No need to pre-book, just grab a seat and see what MAKLab’s makers can create!

Find out more about MAKLab at maklab.co.uk.

The Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place at Summerhall on Sunday 7 April from 10am-5pm. Tickets cost just £2.50 and under 5s go free.

Book online at sciencefestival.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 557 2686.

Part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival which runs from 23 March – 7 April 2013.