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We Can Make: re-imagining manufacturing in Bristol
Thu 22 September 2016, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
Smart factories, digital fabrication technologies, new materials and changes in distribution networks are among the changes that are radically re-shaping who makes what, where and how.
WE CAN MAKE explores how Bristol can re-localise and grow manufacturing in the city:
- What will be the impacts from these technological and social changes and who will be affected?
- Will new technologies open up the opportunity of a more participative and localised approach to manufacrturing?
- How will novel technologies and social change translate into new business ideas and is there an appetite to finance these?
- Will there be environmental benefits through repair, re-use and recycling of products and materials in a circular economy?
- How should a city region, its citizens and institutions, respond to the manufacturing possibilities in a changing world?
This event brings together manufacturers, decision-takers, thinkers, makers and artists to share new research and ideas and explore the future of manufacturing. Contributors include:
James Durie Executive Director, Business West: Chair
Karin Smyth MP: on supporting skills and jobs through re-localised manufacturing to create opportunities for all.
Chris McMahon, University of Bristol: sharing new research that seeks to understand the reality of redistributed manufacturing in Bristol and the South-West.
James Tooze, Royal College of Arts: on makerspaces and rethinking the products and services we want and need.
Carolyn Hassan, Knowle West Media Centre: on creating pro-manufacturing communities where needs, from jobs to housing, are locally produced?
+ Bristol manufacturers and makers
6-6:30pm: Meet the Makers Open Studios: meet the people and get hands-on with tech and tools
6:30-7:30pm: Panel presentations followed by discussion with an open Q&A session
7:30-8pm: Networking, drinks and Polar Ice Pops
For more details contact Melissa Mean: email@example.com or 0117 903 0444.
How to get there
When you arrive at Filwood Green Business Park, please make your way to KWMC: The Factory, in units 24/25, to register.
The full address of Filwood Green Business Park is 1 Filwood Park Lane (off Hengrove Way), Bristol, BS4 1ET.
As the Business Park is a new construction, the postcode and address may not be recognised by SatNav devices or Google maps directions. We recommend using the postcode BS14 0HR, which will direct you to Hengrove Leisure Park, located opposite the Business Park.