European Maker Week in Cardiff

Everyone is Invited

The European Maker Week is about the importance of the maker culture to foster an education of creativity and innovation across Europe.

Cardiff is participating with its own event, free tickets here.

European Maker Week (EMW) brings the local community to discuss the role of the Maker Movement in areas such as education, entrepreneurship, workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalisation and community-based problem solving.

The European Maker Week is an opportunity for citizens from communities throughout the EU to participate in local activities, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of the Maker Movement. The “Maker Movement” is the name given to the increasing number of people coming from different backgrounds, who are employing do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-other (DIWO) techniques and processes to develop unique technologies and products as well innovative solutions.

European Maker Week (EMW) is also an opportunity to convene key stakeholders in each local community to discuss the role of the Maker Movement in areas such as education, entrepreneurship, workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalisation and community-based problem solving. Getting different stakeholders together to talk about the Maker Movement will develop new collaborations, partnerships and initiatives that can help grow this ecosystem in each territory. EMW is an initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome in collaboration with Startup Europe.

EMW was created to encourage, promote, and highlight organizations from around the EU who are working to create more opportunities for more people of all ages to make. Makers are developing new solutions and products for pressing challenges, engaging students in hands on, interactive learning of STEM, arts, and design, and enabling individuals to learn new skills in fabrication and manufacturing. An initiative promoted by European Commission, Startup Europe and Maker Faire.


11.00 hrs Arrival, coffee and networking.
11.30 hrs Welcome presentation
11.40 First Speaker
12.10 Quick Break
12.25 Second Speaker
12.55 Lunch
13.35 Quick fire presentations
14.00 Event Close, but people welcome to stay and continue to network.

• What to bring
A smile with a positive attitude.

• Important to know
Lunch will be provided.


Our Speakers (tickets here):

Dr Chris Hayes

Dr Chris Hayes of Lewis Silkin
Dr Chris Hayes of Lewis Silkin

An intellectual property lawyer at Lewis Silkin. I work with many start-up companies, as well as large household names. Before retraining as a lawyer I was a geneticist, after obtaining my PhD I worked in academia and in the pharmaceutical industry. I am now a partner at Lewis Silkin, specialising in intellectual property, particularly patent law, across a number of sectors, including automotive, hardware and software, fashion and retail, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals; however, the common thread is my focus on high-technology, high-growth IP rich clients from SMEs to international corporations. Working with start-ups is particularly exciting, as often these companies will be built on really novel and interesting ideas, although I often see similar legal issues arising, such as failing to identify who owns the IP or protect their IP in the most optimal manner or choosing an inappropriate corporate structure.

Lewis Silkin is a full service commercial law firm with offices in London, Cardiff, Oxford, Dublin and Hong Kong.

We are recognised by clients and industry alike as being distinct:

  • for our deep understanding, insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focussed businesses
  • for our market-leading international practice in employment, immigration and reward
  • for delivering pragmatic, commercial advice in a refreshingly human way.

We work with our clients – from start-ups and SMEs to international employers and global brands – as their trusted partner, helping them meet challenges and capitalise on opportunities. We do so with focus and insight – cutting through the clutter to what really matters.

With 59 partners and a total staff of over 340, the firm is large enough to handle major projects whilst remaining of a size that ensures that the work we do for clients will be treated with the priority and importance they expect and deserve.

Philip Davies

Philip Davies of Velocomms
Philip Davies of Velocomms

Our first speaker is the CEO of Midlands based Broadband Bonding and Connectivity Specialist ‘VeloComms Ltd’ (

Philip has over 20 years experience within the Telecommunications and Connectivity Industry and has held a number of senior marketing, technical, channel and customer facing roles within high-growth start-up and International businesses.

Philip will be describing how Broadband Technologies can be deployed to provide high-speed, cost-effective Internet access to businesses of any size in locations encompassing large conurbations through to rural locations currently poorly served by existing broadband infrastructure.


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