10 years after the start of the ‘maker movement’ where are we in the UK? Is it easy to make it as a maker or harder? With the focus on startups and the dependancy to Instagram’s algorithms, what are the challenges for a maker today? And how does a community rally around these challenges?
Join on October 12th at DoES Liverpool to explore these issues.
14:00 Introduction to the day
14:10 Stories of Scale
A panel discussion on the realities behind going from 1 to thousands of products. We’ll invite speakers who have experienced this organically, with crowdfunding and with venture funding.
Speakers: Adrian McEwen (MCQN), Heather Corcoran (Kickstarter), George Oates (Museum in a box)
15:10 Maker vs. Makers
A panel discussion on what makes a more compelling story: the lone craftman/woman or a community? With mixed fortunes for maker spaces across the UK, can we sustain both?
Speakers: Emma Bearman (Playful Anywhere), James Broadwell (Folksy), Richard Clifford (MKR Agency)
16:10 Manufacturing and making
A panel discussion on what happens when large scale manufacturers imitate makers and when makers professionalise their operations. What is the role of authenticity in this dynamic?
Speakers: Keith Hanshaw (The Leather Satchel Company), Leonardo Amico (Uniform)
17:10 Makers as a market
What does it mean to sell to makers of all ages. We’ll invite small businesses, startups and large scale distributors to share how they see the ‘maker market’ and where it might be heading.
Speakers: Kat Braybrooke (University of Sussex), Paul Beech (Pimoroni), Oliver Brunt (Eagle Labs)
18:00 Closing comments