“I was looking to join a professional membership organization for makers but there wasn’t one—so I founded it myself,” explains the engineer Lucy Rogers, known in the UK for her judge role in the BBC Robots Wars variety show. This “pro maker” announced in a press release on March 9 the creation of the Guild of Makers to “help grow Britain’s craft industries into an industry worth more than its current annual value of £250 million.”
The official launch of the British Guild of Makers will occur on March 16 in the Autodesk premises in Birmingham in the presence of Andy Stanford-Clark, CTO UK and Ireland, IBM, Pete Wood, Head Technology Evangelist, RS Components, and Rebecca Steiner, School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University.
The objective of the Guild? Build a physical and digital network of craftsmanship in the era of making, obtain advantages and preferential rates in “maker-friendly” companies or still set up a maker directory with a page per member on the Guild website (rather like Make Works).
This new corporation is also planning to organize workshops and conferences and share a Slack chain, open only to members. It will hold a #MakersHour every Wednesday on Twitter and live streaming for its members to present their projects. Membership for the Guild of Makers is open and costs £59 per annum (€66).
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