Making in Margate

Talk by Matt Mapleston (he/him)

Saturday from 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM in Stage C

Margate, Kent is a phoenix rising from the ashes of Britain's great seaside institutions. This one-time jewel had been abandoned to decay and deprivation. The last 6 or 7 years have seen green shoots of regeneration begun by Turner Contemporary Gallery and is now rich in galleries, media consultants, music and film producers. Its High Street is an exemplar for retail re-purposing. Unfortunately, there remains a lot of deprivation and a widening digital divide. This talk is an engineer’s tale of moving to Margate from London. The opportunities, experiences and challenges had so far, and an ambition to bring more joy of tech to the area. I will talk about Margate's Maker community as context, and tell tales of working with artists and involvement with several community activities. I even mange to squeeze in a bit of IDEF0 modelling!

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