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Makers and Hackers

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We’ve long been fans of the sort of stuff that you see in Make and Craft, the stuff that’s a bit whacky, a bit bonkers and all the more interesting because of it. Well we’re hoping for the same sort of playfulness with our new project, Makers and Hackers.

Makers and Hackers is a competition organised by Folksy and Tinker.it (who do lots of electronics workshops and are generally pretty smart and interesting folk) and sponsored by Maker Faire.

The Competition

Check out the site for more info, but in brief:

  • You have to make something using an arduino or electronics and craft stuff (wool, wood, metal, cotton, felt, wax, whatever!).
  • Entries need to be around the theme of Household Items of the Future! Look around your house for inspiration :)
  • Work something up yourself or at one of the Make days in London or Sheffield on the 28th February which you can reserve a place at here. We’ll be putting on food and drink and help with materials and electronics (but you need to bring with you what you think you need to make your thing)
  • On the day we’ll announce winners chosen by a panel of of crafty geeks. Four items will win a prize of

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amanda February 11, 2009 - 11:28 pm

Thinking Cap is now ON.

vInTaGeVioLeT February 11, 2009 - 11:28 pm

hmmmm . . . very interesting! do the electronics need to actually function? or can they just be decorative?

helen February 11, 2009 - 11:28 pm

Excuse my ignorance, but what is an arduino and how do we get hold of one to include?

jamesb February 11, 2009 - 11:28 pm


An arduino is a circuit board that can be programmes (simply) to make things happen – lights that come on when you speak etc. You’re not expected to know this stuff – but you are required to team up with someone who does on the day. You’d be coming up with ideas and making the ‘soft’ stuff to work with the electronics… a cushion that makes a noise when used? Who knows…


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