In the Making: A Digital Revolution?

A FREE one day conference exploring digital fabrication and disability

low_digital-marketing-mooc---4-1438241148When: 10 am – 4 pm on Friday 17 June 2016
Where: Digital Performance Lab, The University of Salford, MediaCityUK Campus, Salford Quays, M50 2HE

We are delighted to announce this collaborative event, during which we will share the findings of our project, and celebrate the achievements of our Fab Pioneers with a display of artwork, poems and 3D prints.

We are kindly supported by Ultimaker GB Ltd who will demonstrate their 3D printers, with experts on hand to offer detailed advice and guidance during their ‘show and tell’ sessions throughout the day. This is in addition to a full programme of talks and workshops (see below).


Please contact to enquire about late registration.


09.30 Arrival, welcome, registration
10.00 Introduction – Roy O’Shaughnessy, CEO of Shaw Trust and conference Chair
10.05 Poem – Jay Ahmed, Celebrating Diversity and project team member
10.10 New tools new futures – Philip Connolly, Disability Rights UK
10.20 Introduction to “In the Making” – the project team
10.25 Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP (t.b.c.)
10.45 Keynote speaker – Rachael Wallach on “Disrupting Disability”

11.00 Tea/Coffee Break

11.15 Panel discussion/Q&A on Changing: stories, technology, learning and policy

11.55 Comfort Break leading into:

12.05 Ideas café – led by project participants

13.00 Lunch (generously sponsored by Ultimaker GB)

14.00 Parallel workshops:

  1. Learning – designing and making with digital fabrication
  2. Progression – finding or creating a making space
  3. Ideation – where do ideas come from and where can they go?
  4. Liberation – co-producing technology that is accessible, affordable and customised

15.00 Tea/Coffee Break

15.15 Introducing stage 2 bid – the project team

15.25 “Crowdsourcing Innovation” – group exercise inviting conference participants to help shape the next stage of the research

16.00 Plenary and Chair’s closing remarks

16.15 Conference close

Further Information

This project is organised by Disability Rights UK, the University of Salford and the University of Dundee. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. If you would prefer to speak on the phone, or would like more information, please call Ursula Hurley at the University of Salford on: 0161 295 2851 or Philip Connolly at Disability Rights UK on: 0207 250 8192.