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Top reasons to attend Make:Shift

Make:Shift, taking place in Manchester on 10 and 11 November, will explore the value of craft skills, making and materials knowledge in social innovation, health and wellbeing and sustainability. 

Still deciding whether you should come? Alma Daskalaki, the Crafts Council’s Innovation Manager tells us her top reasons why you should join us.  

Share and explore ideas 

Make:Shift is a unique opportunity for makers, researchers, technologists, scientists, engineers and manufacturers to come together to explore the importance of craft and innovation to the future of making. 

Over the course of two action-packed days, take part in hands-on workshops, listen to dynamic keynote presentations by materials engineer Mark Miodownik and join a Pecha Kucha style session on the history of innovation. 

Plus, hear from participants of the Crafts Council’s Parallel Practices programme, including automata maker John Grayson and glass artist Shelley James who have been working with the Natural and Mathematical Sciences teams in King's new maker lab space, mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate informatics students in projects developing medical and healthcare technologies.

Meet future collaborators and build connections 

Make:Shift is a brilliant event for those working in innovation or those just curious to know more about working in this area.  It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and inspiration with 300 like-minded delegates, build new connections and meet potential collaborators, from makers, researchers and technologists to scientists, engineers and manufacturers.  
Be inspired by expert speakers 

Gain new ideas and a fresh perspective on the key themes of this year’s conference from leading specialists, practitioners and experts from the fields of science, engineering, architecture, robotics, medicine and manufacturing. 

Confirmed speakers include Creative Director of body>data>space and Co-Founder of Women Shift Digital Ghislaine Boddington and Co-Founder and Chair of Design of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design Jeremy Myerson.

With over 25 sessions planned, we can’t wait to share more exciting programme details over the coming months.

Discover Manchester

There are a range of great things to do in Manchester during your visit, whether it's catching legendary live music, visiting the world's oldest public library or viewing amazing art installations and galleries. 

Why not browse through the 18 independent studio shops housing over 30 makers, artists and designers at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, pay a visit to the The Whitworth Gallery, which reopened last year following a £15 million redevelopment project and is home to internationally renowned collections of modern art, textiles, prints, sculptures and more; or maybe visit The Pilcrow Pub, a collaboration of over 50 designer makers and 600 volunteers opening this Autumn. 

And of course, there’s the event venue to discover!  Check out the Museum of Science and Industry’s exhibition, Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond, which looks at this 21st century wonder material, that has the potential to radically reshape the way we think, design and manufacture in a host of areas. 

Tickets for Make:Shift are now on sale. Book now to join us at this thought-provoking and engaging event.