Session #2 Andrew Sleigh – Researcher
Researcher, writer and producer
With a background in design and grassroots innovation, Andrew discovered the Maker Movement 5 years ago and never looked back. Co-founding the UK’s first community-run ‘Mini’ Maker Faire in Brighton in 2011, he’s seen first-hand the rise of this global phenomenon, and has been investigating, documenting and enabling makers ever since.
With an interest in the personal, social and economic impact of making, Andrew has consulted for the likes of O’Reilly, Royal College of Art, and Samsung, as well as developing events and services in the aim of his own mission – to make more makers. Andrew was one of the researchers on Nesta’s recent UK makerspaces mapping project, which set out to create a comprehensive snapshot of the state of makerspaces in the UK in 2015.