Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Maker Faire - steampunk & retro-future heaven

A little tardy on this, but MAKE magazine held their first ever 'Maker Faire' over the weekend past, as part of the Newcastle ScienceFest - a 10 day festival celebrating creativity and innovation.

For those unaware out there, Maker Faire seeks to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, students, authors and commercial exhibitors.

The presence of firebreathing steampunk dragons and high tech robots wandering the streets brought a strange collision of a past that never was with the retro-future in a manner close to my heart!

Footage from the weekend is available on the BBC website:


As MAKER make clear, Newcastle should be held dear to Steampunks' hearts - "Innovation has always been at the heart of the city. Newcastle's Mosley Street was the first in the world to be lit by electricity and famous inventors such as Charles Parsons, William Armstrong, George Stephenson and Joseph Swan have all lived or worked in the city. Today, Newcastle continues to inspire inventors, artists and scientists alike. Johnathon Ive, designer of the iPod studied at one of the city's universities and scientists at the Centre of Life were the first in the world to successfully clone a human embryo!"

Perhaps worth putting in the diary for next year - having been to the 2010 event, I can heartily recommend a visit!

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