If you're interested in the future of manufacturing, being a pro or semi-pro maker, and making a living, by making what you love ... join us for the first Hardware Startup event in Brighton.
A wave of innovation is breaking, powered by makers who are turning their projects into products. With high profile successes like Arduino, 3D Robotics, Adafruit and Makerbot, as well as thousands of individual makers selling on Etsy, Tindie and Shapeways, there's a growing movement of of makers doing business.
It's enabled by a range of emerging platforms and technologies. Crowd-funding lets makers finance production with advance orders. Digital fabrication enables rapid prototyping and minimal production runs. Websites like Etsy, Tindie and Shapeways allow makers to reach global markets of like-minded fans. Fablabs and hackspaces let makers learn, collaborate and use professional tools. Open source hardware and software lets makers quickly realise ideas and make stuff.
At the same time, the world of work is changing, the knowledge economy is drying up, and we're realising that there is value in what we make with our hands. More and more makers are turning the projects they love working on into products for others.
- Alice Taylor - founder and CEO of Makielab, producers of 3D printed action figures and digital/physical toys
- Jason Hotchkiss - maker of electronic musical instruments, and inventor of 1D pong!
- David Stoughton - digital futures consultant, and speaker on the future of work
- Nick Johnson - founder of Arachnid Labs and member of London Hackspace
We'll have 15 minute talks from each speaker, followed by open questions and discussion. Our aim for this first event is to start building (or uncovering) the community of people in Brighton who are interested in the running or starting up maker businesses, on any scale.
The venue is Fusebox, Brighton's awesome new startup space in New England House.
The nominal entry fee will help us make a contribution towards our speakers' travel expenses.
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I'm interested in grassroots innovation, and DIY technology. I co-founded Brighton Mini Maker Faire and Hardware Startup. I also write for makezine.com