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Maker Profile: Toby Harris

Toby Harris is the creator of Spark D-Fuser, a DVI mixer with a cross-fader, and will be showing off his product as well as giving a first-hand account of five years of getting a product to market and coming out the other side.


Toby will be on hand to answer your questions about how to get your product from prototype to ready-for-market. He can tell you:

    • how to roll your own your own HD video mixer with an arduino and DJ cross-fader
    • what was needed to get £50k in pre-orders
    • how to codify the the difference between something that works for you, something that works for a video, and something that ‘just works’
    • how to make the leap from pre-orders or Kickstarter to retail and licensing

If you’ve ever hacked together a prototype idea but not known where to go from there, come and find out.

Maker Profile: Ben Pawle

Tingbot is a Raspberry Pi-powered affordable plug-and-play personal communications hardware platform that works alongside the ‘’ application. lets you build a digital language of personal, playful animated expressions and share them with others. Sitting somewhere between text and video chat, it encourages users to express themselves in a meaningful and creative way. This flexible digital platform plays off hashtag culture; building a library of moments of self-expression (Tings).

Tingbot is a great project for making the  Raspberry Pi more accessible and for making it easier for people to build and experience creative projects. The Ting platform will be demonstrated at the Makerfaire allowing visitors to make Tings and experience them live on the Tingbot.

The Ting platform was created by NORD, a networked studio of invention who are are a mixture of designers, developers, artists and engineers that enjoy making things together.

Maker Profile: Surrey and Hampshire Hackspace

Find out about Surrey and Hampshire Hackspace, a place to tinker, develop, hack, create, explore, share, make and collaborate. Alan Wood, one of the directors of the space, will be on hand to show off the things that this hackspace have made this year and to talk about the hackspace itself.

Maker Profile: Gareth Lloyd

Machines Room are an East London maker space run on the fab lab model. They have been invited by the RSA to exhibit in the space for spaces. They are also part of the Maker Library Network and will  be bringing their maker library to the Mini Maker Faire.

Come along and see some of the equipment available at Machine Room such as the Ultimaker 3D printer, or try a hands on activity such as a laser cut construction set.

Maker Profile: Tishya Oedit

Tishya Oedit is a fashion designer who specialises in knitwear. She draws inspiration from a wide range of subjects, from flora and fauna to architecture and from historical costumes to contemporary ceramics, applying bold patterns and strong colour contrasts in her work.


Tishya translates her love for colour, print and texture into meticulously designed items that are aesthetically pleasing and of high quality. All her products are made of carefully selected materials such as cashmere, silk, cotton and wool yarns and she works using sustainable practices including the limitation of waste production and the use of sustainable packaging.