She Makes - Maker Fest for Women

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Join us for She Makes, a one day event where we look at what it means to make in the digital age. We will explore how technology is disrupting industry like 3D printing and digital fabrication. (for example 3D printed jewelry)

She Makes is a new experience designed to connect makers of all types — whatever industry you are in! Come along to meet, inspire, encourage each other and change the way we make.

SheMakes will run on the Saturday 11th of October and will start off with presentation on making and what it means for women as well as a keynote talk from one of the world’s leading speakers on 3D printing and modelling for Women; Ann Marie Shillito, Founder and CEO of Anarkik3D

There will be panel discussions with some industry experts and we will have presentations from some amazing speakers involved in 3D printing, wearable startups and general hacking and making throughout the day.
The event will also be fully catered for, and this is included in your She Makes Pass price


The day will be then broken into 3 subject areas with workshops and sessions running concurrently on 3D Printing hands on workshop (and associated technology) , Girl Geek Makers and Wearable workshops. You need to purchase the kits for the wearable workshops, but all other consumables such as the 3D printing workshops are covered in the ticket price.

3D Printing hands on workshop stream
Learn how to 3D design and then physically print your designs on the 3D printers we have on site. We will also have some samples on 3D printed jewellery including those printing in metals, you can then use your models to order through various 3rd parties that can print your designs in metals like gold and silver
* You will need to bring a laptop (either mac or pc is fine) for these workshops
*She Makes Pass: 

Wearable hands on workshops stream
This will require you to have purchased the wearable kit as well as a She Makes Pass. These kits are amazing and are a great way to learn about programmable wearable tech, and just how potentially disruptive some of these platforms are. They are also just plain cool. We only have a limited number of seats.
There will be basic soldering required and we will have a number of skilled mentors who can help. You will also need a basic computer (mac or pc) to be able to program your wearable.
*She Makes Pass and wearable kit required: 

Girl Geek Maker workshop stream
If you’re not wanting to get down and dirty with design software or coding and soldering your wearables or messing around with the printers we have for the event. You can join us in exploring what it means to be a Girl Geek Maker. How digital fabrication techniques such as 3D printing and other technology such as programmable wearable platforms are not only having a disruptive influence on the industry, but how they could be amazing enablers for women wanting to enter this space.
*She Makes Pass:


Dr Aakanksha Chhikara
Engineer, Dreamer, Founder of Akanz, a wearable technology startup in Melbourne. Previously developed wearable sensors for back pain patients and made robots.
Aakanksha’s goal with Akanz is to create wearables that help people live great lives. Aakanksha’s expertise is in product development and marketing of wearable technology products for consumer and medical sectors. She gained this expertise over the last 7 years through her PhD research at Imperial College London, management and marketing experience at dorsaVi and leading her startup, Akanz. She is a co-inventor on 3 patents filed by dorsaVi Pty Ltd. Encouraging more women to pursue entrepreneurship is one of her goals for 2014.

Ann Marie Shillito, Founder and CEO of Anarkik3D
Contemporary designer jeweller designer & maker, founder & CEO of Anarkik3D Ltd, software developers of award winning haptic 3D modelling software, Anarkik 3D Design. Author of 'Digital Crafts: Industrial Technologies for Applied Artists & Designer Makers' and a Fellow of the RSA.

Andy Gelme - Hacker at Large
Andy has been hacking since a teenager and his career includes the spectrum of computing ... from embedded controllers to supercomputers. Since 2000, Andy has been working in the areas of building automation and the Internet of Things. Established the Melbourne HackerSpace in 2009, as part of a growing and passionate technical community that accomplishes game-changing hacks, welcoming all who are interested,
regardless of experience. In 2012, he was part of the founding team at LIFX.

April Staines -Founder of the Open Source 3D Printing Prop Group, and 3D printing consultant.

Schedule Outline (To be finalised shortly):

8:45 Registration Opens
9:00 Start and opening talks.
9:30 Workshops start
10:30 Morning Tea
10:45 Presentation
11:00 Workshops Resume
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Presentation
1:30 Workshops resume
2:30 Afternoon Tea
3:00 Presentations
3:30 Workshops Conclude
4:00 Show and Tell
4:30 Wrap Up and final presentations

She Makes pass will include catering - Please contact us if you have any special dietry requirements.

She Makes is Australia's Premier Maker fest specifically designed for women, this is your chance to be part of history.

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  • Terry H.

    Great time! Well done to all the organisers!

    2 · October 11

  • Terry H.

    Great time! Well done to all the organisers!

    October 11

  • Hima

    Hi everyone, please ensure that you grab a ticket before it gets sold out. The pass is only priced $25, thanks to our sponsor 99designs (Link: Check out the full schedule here:

    2 · October 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey there, for the ticket price, what will be happening? E.g. is it more of a conference, or more of workshops and access to interesting & inspiring people who you wouldn't normally hear from, etc?

    2 · March 4, 2014

    • Tammy B.

      Hi Fox, it's a secret right now with more to be revealed soon! :) There will be limited places available and there will be great speakers and fun hands on workshops. It's our own vision of what a great weekend of meeting, inspiring and encouraging each other can be like.

      1 · March 4, 2014

    • Sarah M.

      Hi Fox, just checking you have seen the updated info. 2 workshop streams on 3D printing and Wearables and one more conference-based stream for those wanting to learn more about making, connect with other makers and hear from guest speakers. http://girlgeekacadem...­ :-)

      September 30

  • April S.

    Hi everyone. Im excited to announce that we are getting closer to releasing ticket sales for this event. We will actually host the meetup over on Girl Geek Academy meetup group as it will be run under academy and because we will have some options with regards to what we can do in the event, such as take part in a wearable workshop there will be different ticket options available.

    1 · September 9

    • Nirma L.

      can you tell me what topics will be covered?

      September 9

    • April S.

      The two main topics/workshops will be Digital Fabrication (Inc 3D printing, modeling, machining) and wearable tech workshops

      1 · September 10

  • Ele T.

    What does it mean that day 1 is 'invite only'? I think this event sounds brilliant, and I'd love to come for as much of it as possible.

    1 · August 11

    • April S.

      We are still working through the finer details but the idea is to have one workshops on the first day so we can get creative and then open it up a little more for casual visitors on the second day while we continue with or workshops. It should be an awesome event and am very much looking forward to it.

      1 · August 11

  • GeminiTrix R.

    Im definitely interested...send more info when you're ready!

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This one's right up my alley! Fantastic idea.

    2 · March 4, 2014

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