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7 February 2016

Free Event: Makerspaces Will Save Us?

Join us for an evening of lively discussion and debate with Daniel Charny and David Li - two thought-leaders at the forefront of UK and Chinese maker cultures.

Today, makers and makerspaces find themselves within a bubble of ballooning expectation and hopeful hype, with growing civic, social, fiscal and educational responsibilities.  Will this inflated accountability prove to be the pin that bursts the bubble? 

Join us for an evening of lively discussion and debate with Daniel Charny and David Li - two thought-leaders at the forefront of UK and Chinese maker cultures - to talk bubbles, growing pains, expectations and realities.  The discussion will be kick started by Nesta' s Tom Saunders, who will share insight from Nesta's ongoing research into UK and Chinese makerspaces.

WHEN: Monday, 15 February 2016 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE: Machines Room - 45 Vyner Street London E2 9DQ GB - View Map

Tickets are free but must be pre-booked here

The Speakers

Daniel Charny has worked in design education for over 20 years. He was a Senior Tutor at the RCA and is now Professor of Design at Kingston. His exhibition “The Power of Making” at the Victoria and Albert Museum attracted over 320,000 visitors. He is Founder/ Director of Fixperts, From Now On and the Maker Library Network and Non-Executive Director of the Central Research Laboratory.

David Li has been contributing to open source software since 1990. He is a member of the Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a think tank on makers and open innovation. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT. He is also the director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.

Moderated by Liz Corbin, Institute of Making / Open Workshop Network