Every City Should Have a Maker Faire

Originally posted on MAKE:

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London is the capital city of the United Kingdom, so why hasn’t anyone organized a Maker Faire here before? This was the thought running through my mind as I made my return train journey to South London, after a day out at Brighton Mini Maker Faire in September 2012.

With over 8 million people living in London, a thriving creative community in the east end, and a 600-strong hackspace, it seemed like the obvious place for such an event, and a little under 10 months later, I found myself busily running around, walkie-talkie in hand, lanyard around my neck, and bunting above me, shouting , “we are about to open, is everyone ready?”

Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire is London’s first Maker Faire. It is named after the area in which it is situated, just south of the River Thames which, courses through the city, dividing it into north and south. Elephant…

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