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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.

What’s On: Drop-in Workshops

We know many of you are bitterly disappointed that the pre-bookable workshops are full, and whilst we encourage people to pop-in to see if there are any no shows, there are also loads of drop-in activities that don’t require registration, just pop in to take part…

  • 10:00–18:00 – Learn to Solder
  • 10:00–18:00 – Screen Printing
  • 14:00–18:00 – Restart Project
  • 10:00–18:00 – Surface Mount Soldering
  • 10:30–13:00 – Electro Dough
  • 14:00–17:00 – Create your very own DIY Mini Synth!
  • 13:15–14:15 – Low Tech / High Tech (Panel Discussion)
  • 10:45–17:00 – Changify Elephant & Castle

To find out more, head over to our workshops page.

What’s On: Lunch


If you are planning to make a day of it at Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire this Saturday then don’t forget that we are opening the canteen from 10:00–15:00 to feed all our hungry Guest, Makers, Volunteers and Organisers!

There will be a variety of options available, as well as teas and coffees, and best of all there are no museum prices here, everything is reasonably priced.

What’s On: Mini Maker Faire Meetup


Following Saturday’s Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire we’ve also been busy organising an event for Sunday in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This day long symposium will feature talks, and panel discussions and reflection on the social and cultural significance of the Maker movement…

  • 10:15 – Registration
  • 10:30 – Introduction
  • 10:45 – Keynote: Cory Doctorow
  • 11:15 – Panel: The Politics of Making
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:30 – Keynote: Tim Hunkin
  • 14:00 – Panel: Making in Design Education
  • 15:15 – Break
  • 15:30 – Panel: Maker Urbanism
  • 16:45 – Wrap up

This event is fully booked now, however we are accepting wait list registrations and will be letting these people in at 10:30 if there are spaces due to no shows.


What’s On: Lightning Talks


In all the excitement, I don’t think we managed to promote the lightning talks, these are 15 minutes talks on various subjects through lunch into the afternoon, they are open to all without reservation, so make sure to come along!

  • 12:00 – Older People and Tech (Pollie Barden)
  • 12:20 – Hacking the Body (Camille Baker & Kate Sicchio)
  • 12:40 – BERG Cloud (Nick Ludlam)
  • 13:00 – Upcycled music game controller (Dave Green)
  • 13:20 – The Matter of Wonder (Zoe Laughlin)
  • 13:40 – HowDo – the Twitter of Instructables? (Emma Rose Metcalfe)
  • 14:00 – DIY Instruments (Kacper Ziemianin)
  • 14:20 – 3D Printing (John Barlow)
  • 14:40 – Makers Guild (Fiddian Warman)
  • 15:00 – Warstware (Simon Schäfer)
  • 15:20 – Cave of Sound (Tim Murray-Browne)
  • 15:40 – G.Hack (Nela Brown)

We are aiming to record all the talks and publish them on this site later, they will be in the Lecture Theatre, feel free to drop in and out, no registration required!