Creativity Month 2018 – Idea Jam and Bog Standard

As part of the Department of Communities “Creativity Month 2018”, Farset are coordinating two workshop-style events this year, continuing our now 5 year track record of delivering awesome weirdness! Bog Standard and IdeaJam, both kindly supported by the Department of Communities NI


Ideas. We’ve all got ‘em, rattling around in our busy, distracted heads.

On Saturday 31st March, 10am – 10pm, Farset Labs will host IDEA JAM – a chance for creators, designers and developers to clear all distractions and finally sculpt that secret, nebulous idea you’ve been chipping away at for years into that’s ready to pitch and take it to the next level.

You might be harbouring a business, a novel, a video game, a TV pilot, a children’s book or a screenplay… it’s there, hiding behind grocery lists, bank statements and status updates.

It’s time to finally get that idea out of your head and into the world, so you can actually do something real with it.

Artists, developers and other screen industry experts will be on hand to help transfer your concept from brain to pitch, whether it’s a story arc, synopsis, sketch or sizzle reel… and maybe even tell you where to take it next.


The schedule is pretty informal, as this is your time for your idea. Meals will be catered through the day, starting with breakfast at 9:30am. Industry mentors with experience of pitching business, film and game concepts will be available from 10:00am to guide you in fleshing out your idea into something that you can pitch and develop.

By 10:00pm your goal is to have your concept realised, and even ready to pitch to others!

Book your seat now!

Bog Standard – Rethinking the Humble Bathroom

Thus 22nd March, 5:30pm – 10pm

How would you build a better bog? What factors go into improving a service or product?

Design thinking is a buzz phrase that is often thrown around, but what does it really mean? This evening workshop applies design thinking concepts in a concrete manner; exploring the design considerations of the humble bathroom.

Through iterative explorations facilitated by experienced Design Thinking Practitioners, and the use of empathy generating techniques and ideation tools; a mix of attendees from all backgrounds will be encouraged to explore the impact of changing societal, technical and practical needs in a familiar context, all while additional “Chaos Factors” are added over the course of the evening to keep things interesting!

Book your throne now!

Launching @MakerAssemblyNI: 16th March

EDIT: Schedule released below
We’ve been quietly toiling away in the background to bring the movers, shakers and taste makers of the UK Maker Community  (and beyond!) to Belfast for a one day mini-conference, set up to tear down some misconceptions about the community and to address some of the unique challenges faced in our region.

Maker Assembly NI is a one-day gathering hosted in the labs to critically discuss maker culture: its meaning, politics, history and future.


Currently confirmed speakers / workshop leaders are:

But the speakers don’t make the conference; the attendees do, and while we’re not publishing our invited attendee list, it’s pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves!


The conference will explore a series of topics around making, with a focus on critical discussion about the current state of the maker culture.


10:00 Registration and coffee

10:30 Welcome address

10:45 Session 1: Making & Peace Building

Kicking off Maker Assembly NI is a session about the politics and nuances of community-facing digital fabrication projects. It will look at how maker cultures are emerging at the grassroots and how local organisations are contributing to the peace-building project currently underway in Northern Ireland. It hopes to reveal how the idea of ‘critical making’ can be adjusted to suit the specificities of different contexts.


Adam Wallace & Eamon Durey, Fab Labs NI, John Peto, Nerve Centre

12:00 Session 2: Speculative Making: New Contexts and Futures

As the idea of digital making beds down—and practices become more visible and accessible—what new trajectories are emerging and how are speculative futures being framed? This session hopes to reveal the supports we might need to maintain a critical forecast of making and maker culture.


Nora O’Murchu, University of Limerick, Kat Braybrooke, University of Sussex

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Session 3: Governance, Sustainability & Maker Networks

How are maker networks nurtured and sustained? And how ‘critical’ are the governance

strategies of the physical spaces and networked platforms that mediate maker networks?

This session hopes to somewhat unravel the entanglements of people, places, and things, to better understand how maker culture is being facilitated.


Javier Burón, Fab Lab Limerick & University of Limerick, Hannah Stewart, Royal College of Art, Future Makerspaces Project

15:30 Session 4: Critics of the world, create!

Final session to be a making exercise, inspired by the Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska’s (2012) Creative Media Manifesto and Garnet Hertz’s Critical Making zine series.

17:00 Closing remarks and Networking

18:00 Bus to the Pub – BREWBOT


Running as part of Creativity Month, DCALNI have kindly funded a limited number of subsidised tickets and travel bursaries for some speakers & attendees. This fund has also been topped up by those kind folks at BBC Northern Ireland.

If you would like to contribute to these bursaries (or enquire about making use of) contact

Follow us on @MakerAssemblyNI for up to the minute news and info!