About Medway Makers

Medway makers was founded on 8 September 2013, the day after the Brighton Mini Maker Faire which our founder and his daughter age 9 attended. The objective is to build an active maker movement in the Medway towns, which already have active arts communities and some speciality technical and craft clubs, but don't appear to have a place for combined creative technical culture. We hope create such a space and to share with the communities already here. So far I have had interest from cloth flower, clothing and electronics makers. This diversity is exactly what we need.

We aspire to bring Science & Technology, Art & Design, and Innovation and Industry into the same place.

We hope to bring new people into making, people who never made before. We believe that no matter how smart you are or are not you have the right to make something you can feel proud of and we hope to foster a culture of cooperation and fun where you can enjoy and develop your capabilities.

About Maker Culture

The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses new and unique applications of technologies, and encourages invention and prototyping. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them creatively. Text from Wikipedia: Maker Culture. See also On State Street, “Maker” Movement Arrives.

About Maker Spaces

Maker Spaces allow like-minded individuals to share ideas, tools, and skill sets. In addition, those who identify with the subculture can be found at more traditional universities with a technical orientation. Maker Spaces are often called hackerspaces or hackspaces.

The word "Hacker" doesn't mean a rogue computer guy bent on destroying other peoples computers. Hacking entails some form of excellence, for example exploring the limits of what is possible, thereby doing something exciting and meaningful. The term in its modern use originated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tech Model Railroad Club. Formed in 1946, its HO scale layout specializes in automated operation of model trains. It was the Signals and Power Subcommittee who created the circuits that made the trains run who popularized the term "hacker" among many other slang terms, and who eventually moved on to computers and programming. Hacker ethics are concerned primarily with sharing, openness, collaboration, and engaging in the Hands-On Imperative.

The rise of the maker culture is closely associated with the rise of hackspaces. As maker culture becomes more popular, hackspaces are becoming more common. For details of hackspaces in the UK see;

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2011 celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event with some 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the world, including the Brighton Mini Maker Faire. [Text copied from here.] Here are some interesting links;

About Make Magazine

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. [Text copied from here.]

Make Magazine was originally published by O’Reilly Media but is now published by MakerMedia.

About O’Reilly Media

O’Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines and conferences. Since 1978, O’Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying “faint signals” from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making and evangelism. [Text copied from here.]

About Medway Makers Founder

Hi. I was born in 1961 and have been a techie from birth, my first word was "light-on" and for me the light has never gone off again. I love science, technology and many art forms, am a great fan of good design and as likely to be found visiting the New Designers exhibition as London Model Engineering exhibition. I have designed and made cloths and electronics with equal passion. I have spent the majority of my life working with electronics and computers, and I am interested in systems including mechanical, electronic and biological systems like us. You can take a look at my website or my CV if you like. However you don't need to have made anything to join us; even if you have never touched a soldering iron, never sawn a stitch the point is that you can come and join in and have a go. I learned almost everything I know by getting it wrong first. I hope we will see you soon.

Tom de Havas