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Makers' Day

  • The Hive 15-17 Grosvenor Road Belfast, BT12 United Kingdom (map)

Makers' Day celebrates making in all its forms in Belfast. Three local collectives will come together and help you turn an idea into reality, to learn how to build products and pitch your idea for the chance of winning some money to make that idea happen!

This day is scheduled as:

10am-12pm - The Potting Shed at The Hive - Book tickets here.

12.30pm - Field Trip from The Hive to Farset Labs

1pm-4pm - Farset Labs - Book tickets here.

This project is kindly supported by the 2 collectives and The Hive, a venue run by The NOW Project.


Design Thinking with The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed are planning a brainstorming session where we give 5 teams (depending on numbers) a mystery problem to solve, all the problems are wider social issues such as:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Loneliness
  • Recycling
  • Affordable Housing
  • Engaging education

We will provide these with a design thinking cheat sheet and guide the teams through a design thinking process to help them generate problems to the solutions. 


FailFast at Farset Labs - Prototyping Workshop

As part of the first ever Belfast Design Week, Farset Labs will be hosting FailFast, an afternoon of collaborative making. Open to all, the Saturday of Belfast Design Week is Makers' Day, celebrating all forms of making. An all-day event will take attendees from a creative idea to a prototype, to a pitch, to a beer. Join us for all or part of the day. The morning session will be at The Hive, developing ideas, then the group will walk over to Farset for the prototyping stage. After that, pitches will be enjoyed over soup with the Belfast Soup crowd, before drinks in the Sunflower at the end of the day.

Join the techie and creative community of the Farset Labs makerspace, to explore the process of turning an idea into a thing: a prototype. See if you can break it. Whether you have a well defined project or are just a curious observer, this should be a rewarding workshop for you. We will discuss how rapid prototyping works, then put it into action together: developing and testing ideas in a quick-and-dirty fashion, using the materials to hand. Farset Labs, with its community workshop, shared workspace and event room, is a creative, social and tooled-up place for seeing where your ideas take you. Like the saying from the startup world: fail fast, fail cheap. And break stuff.


Pitch and Crowd-fund Your Idea with Belfast Soup

Come experience Belfast Soup, a crowd funding event which supports ideas that want to bring the best out of Belfast. For £5 you will get delicious heart-warming, homemade soup and invest in an idea generated by a participant of Makers' Day, who wins the funds through a vote to help make it happen.

Belfast Soup is a community group aiming to generate support for the people of Belfast so they can come forward with their ideas for making a difference no matter how small. It is an opportunity to form connections, share and build on an idea with the potential of financial funds to make it happen if your idea wins the vote.



Earlier Event: November 6
Drink And Draw