FAQs

1. What is Maker Speed Dater? 

Maker Speed Dater is an event where designers, makers and manufacturers get together to make new relationships quickly. Its a meet-up to make contacts in the fabrication industry and begin new pieces of work.  

 

2. What are Maker Speed Dater nights?

Maker Speed Dater nights are 

 

3. Where are they held?

The events are help in public spaces that are happy to host groups of  for a couple of hours. This could be a pub, bar, cafe, maker spaces, galleries or factories. We love it when venue have some sort of relation to industry or making!

 

6. What kind of people come?
Maker Speed Dater nights have an even split of designers/ makers and local manufacturers. Laser cutters, water jet cutters, gasket makers, 
factory owners. 
material suppliers, lace mills or 
maker spaces or other facilities such as sculpture workshops or print studios. 

 

7. What makes a good maker speed dater night?
Relaxed atmosphere. Once it gets started, then people

 

8. Who runs Maker speed dater?

Maker Speed Daters are run by local Make Works hosts.   

 

2. How was it started?

Maker Speed Dater was started in by Make Works - a startup from Scotland,  connecting designers and makers to local manufacturing. 

 

3. Why start this meet-up?

 

The manufacturing industry and the design industry often do not speak to one another. However, when it comes to making anything, establishing face to face relationships are the most important! Maker Speed Dater was a way to get people who are looking to manufacture, and local manufacturers in the same room and start talking. 

 

Make Works is a digital platform that connects designers and makers to local manufacturers. However, we are most inspired by the digital world when it makes real life experiences people better.  Maker Speed Dater is the physical manifestation of what make works is doing online, and supports making face to face connections. 

 

Hosts can be part of design companies, maker spaces, factory owners, creative networks. 

 

9. How can I run a Maker Speed Dater night in a city near me?
Send us an email to studio@makeworks.co.uk with the title ‘Maker Speed Dater -City Name’. 

 

Once then we will provide you with a Maker Speed Dater pack, containing materials to make your event happen. We can send you a host pack with sticker labels, posters. Signage.  support you building the networks.

 

10. How much does it cost to run the event? 
If you can get a venue to sponsor you, and provide the space. Printing, balloons at low cost. 

 

11. What is involved in being a local host? 

 

Local hosts are finding a suitable venue, 
manufacturers and makers in that area. 
Photographer.
Link ups of the event. 
finding any sponsorship form local companies.