Mayor of London welcomes Maker Faire to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Maker Faire, a US-based event focused on making, will be taking place in London for the first time next year.

Here East: London's home for making
Here East: London's home for making

The event, produced by Maker Media, will take place at the Here East campus in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the summer of 2015. Here East provides a range of versatile areas for events as well as space for start-ups to collaborate. 

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the announcement was another example of how Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is attracting the cream of world class international events. 

"In turn this is propelling forward our vision to cultivate a hotbed of tech talent on the site creating thousands of jobs," he said.

Maker Faire is an event which brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors to show what they have made, and to share what they have learned.

It was launched by Maker Media in 2006 and in each subsequent year has grown in popularity and reach. In 2013 more than 530,000 people across ten countries attended a Maker Faire event.

There are currently two annual flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York, as well as nearly 100 mini Maker Faires around the globe. In 2013 demand for Maker Faires grew most in Europe and 47% of attendees to Maker Faires in 2013 were visiting for the first time.

Gavin Poole, chief executive of Here East, said: "Here East is London’s home for making, and I am delighted that we have agreed an exclusive partnership to bring the world’s foremost maker event to east London."

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