Future Makespaces policy & supply event February 22nd, 23rd – Edinburgh

A symposium to explore the impact of policy and supply chains on future makespaces and redistributed manufacturing – making things better

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It’s a symposium to explore the impact of policy and supply chains on future makespaces and redistributed manufacturing.

Hosted in Edinburgh’s Carbon Innovation Centre, this event will bring together speakers and participants from diverse backgrounds to discuss policy and supply chain interventions that could enable a more sustainable future distribution of ideas, resources and products.

Our aim is to consider the structural factors and supply chain realities that affect how and where we make things now, and how we can make and distribute things and ideas in future.

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When : 22nd & 23rd February 2016

Where :
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Who : RCUK eligible orgs, makerspaces, manufacturers, policy makers, climate impact specialists, designers, researchers and others interested in the topic and the 25k research call

 

EVENT DETAILS AND SCHEDULE

This is a two day event, each day has a line up of 5 speakers with experience and expertise in futures, makespaces, manufacturing, supply chains, infrastructures and policy. Talks will be punctuated with activities, and all of it will be punctuated by coffee and food, including an evening gathering on the Saturday night nearby.

Lunch and refreshments are provided, alongside ample time to network and work with fellow participants as we consider together the potential opportunities and challenges, and how to investigate them through feasibility studies.

What’s the aim and structure of this symposium?

Our aim is to consider the structural factors and supply chain realities that affect how and where we make things now, and how we can make and distribute things and ideas in future.

For this event we will bring together a range of speakers who are doing interesting things ith policy and supply chains to enable redistributed manufacturing. Together they have expanse of experience and represent all sorts of aspects of this topic area.

The structure of this event will be similar to the previous symposium – you can get a better sense of that here > http://futuremakespaces.rca.ac.uk/so-hows-this-event-going-to-work-then/

For both days we have a curated line up of speakers with experiences and insights that are relevant to future roles of makespaces enabled by digital networks, tools and cultures.

We’d prefer you to attend both days, but know that is a big ask – it is easier for us to manage capacity if you book ticket specific days if you cannot commit to both, however, we do not finalise the schedule and running order until near to the event. Trust us, you’d rather be there both days ;-)

Who’s there, and why?

Our speakers and participants are from diverse backgrounds and include makerspaces, manufacturers, designers, policy organisations, supply chain specalists, sustainability and transition leaders and academics.

We use these events to bring together like minded people with diverse skillsets to both discuss and benchmark where things are up to in this territory, and to curate and enable a network of people with expertise and an interest in the potential role of future makespaces in redistributed manufacturing.

Lunch and refreshments are provided, alongside ample time to network and work with fellow participants as we consider together the potential opportunities and challenges, and how to investigate them through feasibility studies.

Is this associated with some kind of research call ?

This event is associated with a research call for 25k collaborative projects that test an approach to redistributed manufacturing and policy and supply chains.

More details on the current research call can be found here : http://futuremakespaces.rca.ac.uk/25k-research-call-digital-networks-tools-or-cultures

Why edinburgh and why this venue? 

We select our venues for how they fit with our ethos and research aims, as well as how being within them will aid and inspire our participants.

For policy and supply chain we are excited to be hosted by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

http://edinburghcentre.org/about-us.html

SPEAKERS

Over the two days, we have split the event into 5 themed sessions, with short talks by our guest speakers, a discussion on the theme and a short activity with those attending. Each session is 90 minutes (1 ½ hours) so you are not sitting for too long and get enough time to informally network and drink tea together.

Monday 22nd

10.30 am – 11am. Introduction

11 am – 12.30. Makespaces & regional transformation?

1.30 pm – 3pm. New & emerging infrastructures

3.30pm – 5pm.   Systems evolution – ways of operating

Tuesday 23rd

10.30 am – 11am. Introduction

11 am – 12.30pm. Manufacturing histories & futures

1.30 pm – 3pm. Prototyping futures

We are bringing together a great range of speakers, some nearly local and others from further afield. Between them they have a breadth of experience and represent all sorts of aspects of this topic area. You may want to look up and connect with the speakers and our project ahead of the event.

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