World’s premier maker event to come to east London

10 March 2014

Located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Here East will become the home for the Maker Faire, the first premier event outside of the USA.

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 of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Here East is located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and promises to provide infrastructure for the creative and digital industries, bringing together global companies with innovative start-ups. It will feature three main buildings: a 300,000 sq ft innovation centre; a 1,045 seat auditorium; and a 850,000 sq ft building housing educational space, broadcast studios, office space, and data centre. Here East is being developed by iCITY, a joint venture between Delancey, real estate investment and advisory company, and Infinity SDC, a data centre operator. 

Companies at the cutting-edge of the Maker Movement are making a future of intelligent things that use technology and data to learn how to be more efficient and smarter in a world of connected objects that has been dubbed the ‘Internet of Things’. Gartner estimate that by 2020, there will be nearly 26billion devices connected to the Internet of Things.
Maker Faire brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors to show what they have made, and to share what they have learned. It was launched by Maker Media in 2006 and grown in popularity and reach. In 2013, more than 530,000 people across 10 countries attended a Maker Faire.

In 2013 demand for Maker Faire grew most in Europe. 47% of attendees to Maker Faires in 2013 were visiting for the first time.

Here East’s partnership with Maker Faire is part of the cluster’s offering to the creative, digital and TMT industries. The maker movement in east London has grown rapidly in recent years, with companies including Sugru, Technology Will Save Us, Makie and BERG transforming the way products are delivered to market.

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