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The full schedule of events to accompany Fix Our City exhibition is now available! Choose from an exciting, huge range of activities, workshops, and presentations for all levels and ages!

Schedule of Events

Monday 19th (open 12-8pm)

1-3pm: Clear Village/Bedfords Park Walled Garden Vertical Angel Garden Workshop (for schools only)

3-4pm: Clear Village/Bedfords Park Walled Garden Vertical Angel Garden Workshop…

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Code Liberation workshops: V&A, Goldsmiths and Machines Room

Ever wanted to make an interactive toy or game but not known how? In this V&A workshop series starting October and ending in an exhibition of student projects at the V&A Late, you will learn everything you need to get off the ground in the world of basic game design.

One of Machines Room's fabulous Makers in Residence, Phoenix Perry, is a founder of Code Liberation, a US group who catalyzes the creation of digital games and creative technologies by women, nonbinary, femme and girl-identifying people to diversify STEAM fields. Founded in 2013, they have reached around 2,500 women and are now starting a UK chapter.  Watch this film to find out more.

The Workshops take place at the V&A, Goldsmiths College and Machine Room on the following dates

Friday 7 October, 18.00 – 21.00, V&A

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Virtual Reality showcase - come and paint, dive and play.

Ever wanted to paint with light in three dimensions? Or go to the bottom of the ocean without getting wet? Well, for one night only you can. We are hosting a demo of the HTC Vive VR headset on Wednesday 14th September from 18.30 to 20.00.

Come down to this free event and play, have a beer and see what life is like in another dimension.

Here's a picture of the headset...

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Waste sorting design workshop with Wrap and B&Q

Join Katrine Hesseldahl and B&Q here at Machines Room on Wednesday 7th September from 10am til 1pm to work with designers and makers to create a waste sorting system specifically tailored to your home.

If you're interested please email katrine.hesseldahl@wrap.org.uk for more info.

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London's Burning and it started at Machines Room...

This year is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and there's a great season of events to mark the occasion.

We at Machines Room were lucky enough to work with Artichoke, those wonderful people who bought you the Sultan's Elephant, on their event which is going to take place on the 4th September. We helped them show their team how to use CNC technology works - as the project, masterminded by American 'burn' artist David Guest, is created using CNC machines.

Find out more about the event here - it should be a lot of fun!

http://www.visitlondon.com/greatfire350/watchitburn

You can even get involved yourself by helping to build a giant domino train through the old streets of London.…

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Maker Raft Race Triumph!

Well, our boat was almost too good - one of our Makers in Residence, Ross Andrews, used the Shopbot to cleverly recreate a punt originally designed in the 1940s. After a week of sleepless nights piecing the craft together with the help of Mark, he emerged on Saturday morning covered in sawdust and epoxy, punting down the canal from Machines Room to Angel. 

It was a beautiful sight as the Machines Room punt glided past all the other contestants in the first heat. Unfortunately those pesky pirates from Makerversity got in our way going round a buoy in the second heat and completely trounced us with their amazing canoe made from 4 huge tractor inner tubes. But we were still awarded the Best Craftmanship trophy which we happily…

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The Inaugural Maker Raft Race this Saturday!

Ahoy mehearties!

We are proud to be participating in the inaugural Maker Raft Race 2016 this Saturday.

Please come see the awesome boat that Ross is building, cheer us on, and join in the fun!

All details in the attached flyer... Hope to see you there.

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First Machine in Residence - Machine Supply

We are excited to announce our first Machine in Residence - Machine Supply by Matt Webb, an internet connected book vending machine stuffed with personal recommendations. Machines Room staff have suggested some of their favourites to be stocked and the bottom shelf is being kept book-free so that we can put some products by Machines Room makers on sale. Find out more at machine.supply 

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Hack on Wheels: Hackathon

We had a busy time last Saturday with 30 makers hacking the idea of what a wheelchair can be.

#HackOnWheels is the brainchild of our Maker in Residence Rachael Wallach and the make-athon brought together wheelchair users, designers, engineers, and makers to design, develop and test the first open source wheelchair designs. 

According to the World Health Organization over 65 million people need a wheelchair to be part of society and live an independent life. To give freedom a wheelchair must be customized to the body, environment, and lifestyle of its user. Due to the prohibitive price of traditional design manufacturing, and distribution 52 million people who need a wheelchair are deprived of this freedom.

The group believes that user led design, digital fabrication, open hardware, and the maker movement can change this. During the day they made headway into establishing an online library on Wevolver.com of opensource designs…

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Makers In Residence

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Last day of Fix Our City today, but still lots to come! Join a Maker Mile Tour at 11am. Take part in a Deadwood Lathe Workshop running with Peter A. Smith - 1pm or 4pm. Experience a Kniterate CNC garment making demo at 4pm. Find all details…

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STOP PRESS** Late addition to our Fix Our City programme of events! Calling all fashionistas and reformed shopaholics - Join our Sustainable Fashion Accessories Workshop. Drop in tomorrow (Friday 23rd September) from 10am to 6pm. Join Elizabeth…

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Fix Our City: Brooch Making Workshop

Fix Our City: Brooch Making Workshop

Calling all fashionistas and reformed shopaholics! Join Elizabeth Joseph in this…

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It's the penultimate day of Fix Our City. There's still time to visit the exhibition.... join a Maker Mile Tour at 11am.... participate in an Open Desk workshop at 1pm for designers or 3pm for everyone else. Phew! Visit our website to…

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Fix Our Wheels Workshop This Afternoon at Machines Room! Sill buzzing from the success of @ParalympicGB medal haul, Machines Room is proudly hosting #HackOnWheels' Disrupt Disability Symposium as part of Fix Our City exhibition and events…

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Design for Open Making - for Everyone Machines Room is excited to be hosting Opendesk's free workshop as part of Fix Our City exhibition during @LondonDesignFestival. Design for Open Making - for Everyone is an introduction to…

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We launch Fix Our City exhibition and programme of events today! Running all this week and part of @LondonDesignFestival. Choose from an exciting, huge range of activities, workshops, and presentations for all levels and ages! Visit our…

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Fancy something less digital and a bit more traditional? As part of Fix Our City exhibition at Machines Room running alongside @LondonDesignFestival, we are proudly hosting one of the makers, Peter A. Smith, who will be leading a wood lathe…

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Machines Room is excited to be hosting Opendesk's free workshop as part of Fix Our City exhibition during @LondonDesignFestival. Design for Open Making - for Designers is an introduction to Opendesk’s approach to design for digital…

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Make Robots with the BBC micro:bit! Please join us for a fantastic workshop with Fix Our City contributors @techwillsaveus, who will be leading a session where you can make your own robot using their new BBC micro:bit. The BBC micro:bit is…

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Fix Our Wheels Workshop - 21st September. Sill buzzing from the success of @ParalympicGB medal haul, Machines Room is proudly hosting #HackOnWheels' Disrupt Disability Symposium as part of Fix Our City exhibition and events programme,…

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Opendesk

Meet us at The London Design Festival :) For the last few weeks we’ve been…

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Calling all wannabe inventors! Join us on Monday 19th Sept at the Fizzbits Workshop and make your own robot! Join Ross Atkin, contributor to Fix Our City exhibition at Machines Room, to invent your own USB-powered moving robot using sustainable…

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Join us this evening at Machines Room and venture into virtual reality! We are hosting a demo of the @HTCVive Virtual Reality headset this evening from 18::30-20:00. Come down to this free event and play, have a beer and see what life is like…

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Learn to build @CLEARVILLAGE vertical Garden during our Fix Our City programme on Monday 19th Sept. The vast majority of the food we eat in London, amongst many other cities, is imported from abroad. This contributes to pollution, unequal…

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Fix Our City exhibition 19th-23rd September: Full Schedule of Events Announced! The full schedule of events to accompany Fix Our City exhibition is now available! Choose from an exciting, huge range of activities, workshops, and presentations…

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