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10-11 November 2016 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

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What is Make:Shift?

Make:Shift is a 2 day innovation conference which explores the importance of craft and innovation to the future of making in a dynamic, thought-provoking and engaging environment. Following the huge success of Make:Shift 2014, this year’s event will continue to question, investigate and push the boundaries of craft in the 21st century.

Watch our short teaser to relive Make Shift 2014 highlights:


What are this year’s themes?

In 2016 Make:Shift will demonstrate the value of craft innovation in sustainability, healthcare and wellbeing and social innovation. It will focus on four areas of practice: 

  • Applied robotics
  • Smart materials 
  • Bio design
  • Connected wearables 

What should I expect? 

A packed two-day event  including panel discussions, interviews, keynote presentations, dynamic research workshops/think-tanks, the Maker Breakfast practice presentations and hands-on materials table, film screenings, fast-paced historical innovators presentations on the history of innovation and Manchester’s industrial history and a drinks and an evening performance on 10 November. 

Why should I attend? 

  • To explore innovative making and research across robotics, smart materials, bio design and wearables
  • To discuss new thinking and areas of shared interest
  • To find out how craft innovation impacts bigger challenges such as sustainability, social innovation, health and wellbeing
  • To meet potential collaborators

Who is speaking?

Leading specialists, practitioners and experts from the fields of science, engineering, architecture, robotics, medicine and manufacturing. 

Headline speakers include: 

  • Mark Miodownik, Director of Institute of Making 
  • Ghislaine Boddington, Creative Director of body>data>space 
  • Jeremy Myerson, Co-Founder and Chair of Design of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design 

Programme details for 2016 will be announced over the coming weeks.

What was said about Make:Shift 2014

'Make:Shift opened my eyes to collaborations everywhere and in every field.' Make:Shift 2014 attendee

'I thought there was something distinctly Reithian about Make:Shift. It educated, informed and entertained in equal measure – which is pretty much all you can ask for from a conference really.' Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine

How much will it cost?

From £75 concessions, £120 for individuals to £280 for large organisations. Tickets include access to the conference and catering for both days of the event.

Doors open at 11:30am on Thursday 10th November, with sessions beginning at 12:00pm. The conference finishes at 3:30pm on Friday 11th November.

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Make:Shift 2014. Photo: Tas Kyprianou

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Large organisation (single ticket)
Available to employees or owners of companies and organisations with more than 10 staff
Full price: £280.00 

Small to medium organisations single ticket (single ticket) 
Available to employees or owners of companies and organisations with 10 or fewer staff
Full price: £180.00

Individuals / Sole Traders (single ticket) 
Available to Individuals/Self-employed
Full price: £120.00 

Concessions: £75.00 
Available to full-time students, recipients of Universal or Pension credit; proof of status required.

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Planning Your Trip


Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Liverpool Rd
Manchester M3 4FP


Getting there: 

Manchester is easily accessible from all parts of the UK.  Discount train and air tickets are available from July 2016. For getting there by train and other travel providers, see Visit Manchester


There are a range of inexpensive options to stay in and around Manchester.  Check out the following for some ideas:

The Hotel Guru


Home Stay Manchester

Eating out:

There's never been a better time to eat out in Manchester, with new restaurants now popping faster than anywhere else in the country. The city's dining scene has arguably never been more exciting whether you're looking for a bargain bite to eat or are happy to splash the cash on a ten-course taster menu, there is something to suit every occasion and budget - and the options span almost every cuisine conceivable.
Confronted with so much choice, who best to advise than Mancunians so here’s some suggestions from Manchester Evening News team

It’s all about Manchester: 

Manchester is a major city in the northwest of England with a rich industrial heritage. The Castlefield Conservation Area’s 18th-century canal system harks back to the city’s days as a textile powerhouse, and you can trace this history at the interactive Museum of Science & Industry. The revitalised Salford Quays dockyards now houses the Daniel Libeskind-designed Imperial War Museum North and The Lowry cultural centre.

Manchester is also home to MediaCityUk, a new waterfront destination for Manchester, with digital creativity, learning and leisure at its heart and housing BBC North, ITV Studios and University of Salford.  It can be reached in ten minutes by tram from Manchester central.

For a quick guide in getting to know Manchester, check out Visit Manchester:-

Attractions and Things to Do: 

There are a range of great things to do in Manchester whether it's catching legendary live music, having a history lesson at one of Manchester's museums, visiting the world's oldest public library, flicking through stacks of vinyl or viewing amazing art installations and galleries, there really are some great things to do. Explore and enjoy.

Here’s a link to Time Out’s Top 20 Great Things to do in Manchester;-

Make:Shift 2014