The snowy weather wasn’t helping the foot traffic much, but that didn’t stop the DHMakerBus team from holding its first Day of Making, called appropriately enough, Make London.
Veronika Intini was one of the people braving the weather to come see what participants in Make London were doing. As a science teacher herself, Intini said she thought it would be a fun thing for her daughters Kaya, 8, and Hanna, 5, to do on a snowy day.
“I like people who look at a problem and try to find creative ways of solving it. People can find some really creative solutions when they put their minds to it,” Intini said.
Held at the Goodwill Industries building (255 Horton St. E.) and inside the Edgar & Joe’s Café, Make London offered participants and visitors alike the opportunity to see what makers from around London are doing.
“We really want to get people engaged with making things, taking stuff apart, reinventing, being active participants instead of just going to the store and buying something when something breaks,” said Ryan Hunt, one of the co-founders of DHMakerBus, along with Beth Compton and Kim Martin. “You can make something yourself, transform everyday objects into really incredible things that are personalized and made by yourself.”
The DH in DHMakerBus stands for digital humanities, an area of research, teaching, and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. A makerspace is a community-operated physical space where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art can socialize and collaborate.
The Make London event featured a dozen tables of initiatives being developed by groups across the city. Those initiatives featured groups doing everything from creating microscope cameras (which was the table of DHMakerBus) to 3D modeling and a mini skate park.
“It was important to get together a lot of different people from the London community, people who maybe didn’t know each other, but are doing really awesome things and should get to know each other,” Compton said.
Make London is the DHMakerBus team’s entry for the Project Big & Bold competition, organized by Mindstack. The bigger and bolder the event put on by the community, the better any group has in winning the $2,000 prize.
David Uram is co-founder of Mindstack and organizer of the Big and Bold Project.
“We want people in the community to connect, get out, get together, collaborate, do something big and bold,” Uram said. “The criteria to win the event was to do something bold you wouldn’t normally do. It is about making some noise in London; let the community get involved, it is about making connections.”