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Join the maker community at Maker Assembly


Maker Assembly
will be a one-day gathering of makers taking a critical look at the maker culture: its meaning, politics, history and future. Join us!

The Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire organisers teamed up with other maker events organisers (Brighton Mini Maker Faire and the V&A Digital Programmes) to create a community-run event where we hope makers, artists, designers, academics will connect and share their experience.

The event takes place on Saturday, 24th October 2015 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London as part of the Crafts Council’s nationwide Make:Shift:Do programme.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, the event is free to attend, but we will take a £10 deposit at booking, which will be refunded on the day for those who attend. We want to ensure the event is as accessible as possible, so some travel bursaries are available for those coming from outside London. Please see the Eventbrite page. A lunch will also be provided.


Dean Brown – A London-based designer with an interest in concept retail, narrative driven installations and cultural artifacts.

Liz Corbin – Researcher, maker, collector, curator and eternal student of materials. Founder of Open Workshop Network.

Tomas Diez – Making stuff at Fab Lab Barcelona – IAAC. Smart Citizen and Studio P52 co-founder. Urbanist and technologist

Janet Gunther – An American/British activist, anthropologist, co-founder of the Restart Project.

Nat Hunter – Strategic director at Machines Room makerspace.

Phoenix Perry – Professor, CS PhD researcher, game company owner, artist, programmer, game designer, activist and lunatic extraordinaire.

Dr. Rebecca Ross – Communication Design Course Leader at Central Saint Martins. Working at the intersection of visual culture, interaction design, and urban studies.

Adrian Smith – Researcher of society, technology and politics at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex.

James Tooze – Design consultant, researcher and lecturer at Royal College of Art.

This event is supported by the Comino Foundation, the Craft Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

For more information, see the Maker Assembly website.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Maker Profile: Not Just Arduino


Not Just Arduino is a group of Arduino and DIY electronics enthusiasts based at the London Hackspace meeting every other Monday, all welcome to drop-by. Expect flashing LEDS and Robots!

At the Maker Faire we’ll be showcasing a few projects, including Letterbot. LetterBot is a friendly home monitoring ‘bot.  It keeps an eye on all things related to your front door, tells when the mail arrives, when someone is at the door and keeps tabs on any movement in front of the house. LetterBot logs all event data to because graph all the things!
LetterBot is a work in progress, see video below for more details!

LetterBot Hardware Walkthrough and Demo

Learn more about our group on or follow us on twitter @notjustarduino. See you at the Faire!