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The Department of State Development, in partnership with State Library of Queensland, invites you to be part of the inaugural BrisMakerFest to be held at The Edge on Saturday, 3 June 2017.

The BrisMakerFest will:

  • showcase advanced manufacturing in Queensland
  • encourage industry engagement with stakeholders including makers, researchers, entrepreneurs, designers, and educational institutions
  • promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills and their fundamental importance to advanced manufacturing
  • showcase emerging technologies and accelerate the sharing and testing of ideas and techniques between industry and makers.

The speakers in the one-day BrisMakerFest program include:

  • Official opening – The Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham MP, Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
  • The amazing world of engineering – Marita Cheng, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, aubot (formerly 2Mar Robotics); 2012 Young Australian of the Year
  • Drones and STEM – Dr Catherine Ball, Co-founder and Chief Engagement Officer, She Flies; Founder and CEO, Remote Research Ranges; Council Member, Queensland Futures Institute; 2015 Telstra Business Woman of the Year
  • The future of advanced manufacturing/business innovation – Professor Göran Roos, Academic, technologist, businessman and thinker
  • Advanced manufacturing: a local business success story – Chris Bridges-Taylor, General Manager, B&R Enclosures
  • ADK Makerspace – Kelley Roy, Founder and Owner, Art Design Portland (ADX), USA
  • The industrial magic of point clouds and holograms – Jason Hampton-Taylor, Head of Sales and Marketing, Euclideon International
  • Design thinking: Delivering innovative and impactful products and services – Tom Allen, Managing Director, Seven Positive
  • Leading a design thinking agenda in schools – Adam Jefford, Manager, APDL, State Library of Queensland
  • Design doing – Neil Davidson, AUXILIARY Design School.

Throughout the BrisMakerFest, there will be a variety of inspirational workshops to provide fundamental skills in relation to advanced manufacturing and digital processes. The workshops are all included in the entry fee, however, they must be pre-booked. Please be aware spaces are limited for each workshop and age restrictions apply.

Workshops presented by The Edge include:

  • 3D design and printing
  • wearable technology
  • fabrication of furniture.

Workshops presented by The Maker Workshop include drawbot robot building where students build a drawbot from everyday household items, and then use the drawbot to make a piece of artwork which can be taken home (along with the drawbot).

Taj Pabari's Fiftysix Creations will also host creativity and computer science workshops Attendees will build a Fiftysix tablet and a Fiftysix virtual reality headset as well as learning about entrepreneurship.

Other BrisMakerFest activities include:

  • a range of exhibitions including makers and manufacturers such as Fuji, Blue Ocean Robotics, Hackerspace Brisbane, TAFE Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland
  • pop-up primary and high school makerspaces such as All Hallows' School, King's Christian College, St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School, West End State School promoting STEM activities
  • roving robots brought to you by the Department of Education and Training; and
  • masterclasses on design thinking held in the Conversation Hub brought to you by Tom Allen, Managing Director, Seven Positive; Adam Jefford, Manager, Asia Pacific Design Library State Library of Queensland; and Neil Davidson Auxiliary Design School, The Edge.

The BrisMakerFest will be interactive and provide lots of opportunities to see what is new in manufacturing and emerging technologies. You can also find out if the new wave of manufacturing holds a career for you.

To register, please visit the BrisMakerFest website.