Maker Faire UK: London show gets super sized

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Maker Faire UK is moving from Newcastle to the London Olympic park

Maker Faire UK is getting a massive upgrade, moving to London’s Olympic Park and transforming itself into Britain’s version of the Texas tech-savvy festival South By SouthWest.

We’ve loved our previous trips to UK Maker Faires, held in the glorious northern setting of Newcastle with groups from around the country showcasing their projects, inventions and love of all things tech, and hope to return soon, but massive corporate interest is likely to see it boom in London.

It’s a shame for Maker Faire UK that its Newcastle heartbeat will be overshadowed, but it will give a much greater focus on the British generation of makers to dazzle the world with inventions, ideas and gizmos, as it receives more visitors and the travel-shy breed of mainstream media journalist.

Maker Faire gives people the chance to try out new skills – like giving dumb Cumbrians the chance to make neon tubing…

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The 650,000 sq ft Olympic Park media centre will host the event and hopes to draw from the surrounding schools, nearby Tech City industries and the vast swathes of artists and creatives living in nearby Hackney Wick.

The event is expected to arrive at its new home in the Capital by 2015 – yet the next UK Maker Faire is in Newcastle from 26-27 April, so don’t wait for the big corporate sponsors to move in, get up to Tyneside next month and support the event.

makerfaireuk.com