We Can Make: re-imagining manufacturing in Bristol

WHEN? Thursday, 22 September 2016 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)

WHERE? Filwood Green Business Park – 1 Filwood Park Lane Off Hengrove Way, Bristol, BS4 1ET, United Kingdom – View Map

 

Smart factories, digital fabrication technologies, new materials and changes in distribution networks are radically re-shaping who makes what, where and how.

WE CAN MAKE explores how Bristol can re-localise and grow manufacturing in the city:

  • Can we create pro-manufacturing communities where the things that are needed, from jobs to housing, are locally produced?
  • How can the new manufacturing landscape make the most of existing infrastructure, networks and know-how?
  • What policy decisions and investment in skills and infrastructure need to be made to ensure that places like South Bristol don’t miss out?

This event brings together leading manufacturers, decision makers, thinkers, makers and artists to share new research and ideas. Contributors include:

Karin Smyth MP: on supporting skills and jobs through re-localised manufacturing to create opportunities for all.

Chris McMahon, University of Bristol: sharing new research that maps and de-mystifies the realities of re-distributed manufacturing in South Bristol.

James Tooze, Royal College of Arts: on makerspaces and rethinking the products and services we want and need.

Carolyn Hassan, Knowle West Media Centre: on creating pro-manufacturing communities than can make their own future.

Nick Howard, Baileys of Bristol Caravans: the manufacturing revolution beyond the ‘usual suspects’ (TBC)

 6-6:30pm: Meet the Makers Open Studios: meet the people and get hands-on with tech and tools

6:30-7:30pm: Panel discussion

7:30-8pm: Networking, drinks and Polar Ice Pops

Register on Eventbrite. For more details contact Melissa Mean: melissa.mean@kwmc.org.uk or 0117 903 0444.

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