Forge2Expressions of interest are currently being taken for innovators, designers and creators to share their ideas with the broader community at a Makers Festival to be held on the 15th October this year.

The Makers Festival is a day long event that aims to connect people with the simple joy of making things.

Maker Culture, an extension of DIY culture, is a growing world-wide phenomenon and Australians are avid DIYers, whether it’s in the garden shed or the sewing room.

Over the past few years we have seen technology provide new opportunities as maker culture intersects with hacker culture and people incorporate engineering-related interests through robotics, 3D printing and electronics.



Event organisers, Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre (Lighthouse) say the focus of the event is on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and every creator, whether making a wooden chess board or a robot, is considered a maker.

The Makers Festival will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Orana Steiner School in Weston Creek. Spread across 13 hectares of unique natural landscape, the campus provides excellent facilities for this event, including a metal forge, design technology precinct, state of the art performance theatre, computer labs, music recital rooms, pottery kilns, biodynamic gardens, commercial kitchens and much more.

The day-long festival consists of morning and afternoon workshops with an opportunity to network over lunch. The hands-on workshops will vary in duration and will suit a wide range of audiences, from those who want to try something new to those who want to hone their skills. There will also be a number of workshops suitable for families and children.


Anna Pino, Lighthouse CEO says, “The Maker Movement is gaining traction in the commercial, corporate and educational sectors and has fuelled the growth of collaborative spaces with start-up friendly cultures and supportive environments for innovative ideas.”

“We are excited to see schools such Orana Steiner School embrace the concept of makerspaces and innovation labs and play a role in encouraging grassroots innovation."

“We would like to encourage anyone interested in sharing their skills, whether technology or craft, to send in an expression of interest,” says Ms. Pino.

If you have a skill you would like to share or an idea for a workshop you can find out more at


Photo by: Roslyn Clark


About Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre
Lighthouse has a strong track record of supporting entrepreneurs, researchers and inventers on the path from concept to commercialisation. Since July 2008, Lighthouse has worked with over 990 distinct enterprises and provided group and peer based services to over 3400 enterprises and individuals. For over five years Lighthouse has successfully delivered business advice, education, mentorship and networking opportunities to help these businesses commercialise their ideas and grow their companies. Lighthouse also delivers programs such as the ACT Microcredit Program for the ACT Government. Visit for more information.