After several months of recovering from organising the last event, and another few of getting together to discuss the next one, we’re finally ready to announce a date for Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012 – and to start taking applications from Makers.

The first ever Brighton Mini Maker Faire last September was attended by over 5,000 people, and featured live demonstrations and hands-on activities run by Makers whose projects ranged from traditional arts and crafts, to science experiments, DIY, electronics and more.

We’re going to need a bigger boat

Everyone involved was truly bowled over by the popularity of last year’s event and as we witnessed the crowds flooding in it was one of those Jaws moments as we knew we’d need to expand next time, to allow more visitors, and more makers, to participate.

This year’s event is set to be bigger and bolder, taking over the entire Corn Exchange space, as well as the Dome foyer and bar area that was used in 2011. This will also give us plenty of space for more large scale projects, workshops and mass-participation, collaborative goings-on.

Are you makexperienced?

We were amazed at the breadth and scope of creations and skills on display from our Makers last year. We had miniature submarines, home made robots, needlecraft workshops, neural network simulations, a whole host of new musical instruments, and much, much more.

This year we’re hoping to extend that list to include even more types of makers: we’d love to meet bodgers, welders, sculptors and engineers; food hackers, origami experts, yarn bombers, recyclers, upcyclers and permaculturists; festival performers and set designers; space explorers model makers, Lego geeks and mad scientists. Whatever you’re into making, we want to hear from you. If you’re up for leading sessions with the public – and ideally crowdsourcing some new creations – even better!

Don’t worry if you’ve never exhibited at an event like this before. If you are someone who has a passion for making and a project – either completed or in progress – that you could show off and share with the public, we’d love to hear from you. If you know someone you think we should encourage to apply, then let us know, too.

Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2012 will take place on Saturday 8th September at the Dome and remains a free family event.

How to get involved

Applications to participate in the event as a Maker are now open and makers from Brighton, Sussex and beyond are invited to sign up at: The deadline for applications is 20th June, but the sooner you get yours in, the better.

The list of Makers that participated in last year’s event can be found at:

If you’re a student or teacher and would like to do something for Brighton Mini Maker Faire as a school or college project, get in touch with us directly.

If you just want to come along and see the action in September, or learn how to make something yourself, then sign up to the Facebook event: or stay tuned to our Twitter feed for more details: