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Countdown to Liverpool MakeFest: The Makers

Gareth Halfacree

Liverpool MakeFest Logo

The march of time has officially brought us from February, when the organisers of Liverpool MakeFest put out the call for makers for MakeFest 2017, to June, when the MakeFest itself will be gracing the Liverpool Central Library.

Taking place on Saturday the 24th of June, the Liverpool MakeFest 2017 is the third in what has now become an annual staple of the maker calendar. The original Liverpool MakeFest back in 2015 was an amazing experience, and each year that passes the MakeFest grows bigger, brighter, and better. This year, in particular, attendees will be greeted by participants from a range of local hackspaces, makerspaces, and similar collaborative ventures - our personal highlights from which follow.

Confirmed as participating this year are the tinkerers from DoES Liverpool, who are - unsurprisingly - bringing along the excellent Arduino-powered Made Invaders Nerf shooting gallery which always proves a hit at these events. They'll be joined by Make Liverpool, a makerspace located in an 18,000-square-feet warehouse in the heart of Liverpool's North Docks, and representatives from FabLabs at Liverpool John Moores University and FabLab Warrington.

Other makers who have announced their attendance include members of the Preston Hackspace, who will be showing off - among other things - a CNC plotter made from two CD-ROM drives, youth education project Liverpool Code Club, and Funky Aardvark's Inventor's Asylum. Naturally, there are plenty more sights to see, and if you've never been before we can heartily recommend a visit.

As always, Liverpool MakeFest is an entirely free event, but those interested in attending are asked to register their interest ahead of time to help gauge numbers. More details about the event can be found on the official website.

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