DesignSpark from RS Components confirms gold level sponsorship of Maker Faire UK

Investment in Maker Faire event is the latest example of RS and DesignSpark supporting and inspiring innovation in engineering

LONDON, UK, 16 April, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced that its DesignSpark engineering and maker community will be a gold level partner of Maker Faire UK 2018, which will take place at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne from 28-29 April.

Held in Newcastle annually for over a decade, the event is the largest Maker Faire in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe, and brings together more than 300 do-it-yourself (DIY) technology enthusiasts in a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Maker Faires provide an entertaining platform for people of all ages and backgrounds, from crafters and scientists to garage tinkerers and students, inspiring them to collaborate, share, experiment and learn from this growing community.

The DesignSpark Village at Maker Faire UK will showcase a selection of fun and inspiring projects from members of its 650,000-strong DesignSpark community, and will feature friends of DesignSpark including Dr Lucy Rogers https://lucyrogers.com/. There will be hands-on sessions demonstrating how to use the DesignSpark professional CAD software, tools and resources, which offer free support to engineers and makers in bringing their ideas to fruition.

“Supporting makers and innovative creators from around the world is a really important part of what we do at RS to help inspire the engineers of tomorrow,” said Mike Bray, Vice President of DesignSpark at RS. “Maker Faire UK is the ideal platform for us to engage with makers, to help them innovate and develop in whatever their field of interest.”

The Maker Faire events originated in 2006 in San Francisco, created by the publishers of MAKE, a US-based magazine that focuses on DIY projects based on electronics, computing and robotics, as well as metalworking and woodworking. Maker Faire has since grown into a worldwide network of both flagship and independently produced events and spawned the tech-based DIY community known today as the Maker Movement.

Tickets for Maker Faire UK are on sale now at https://makerfaireuk.com/buy-tickets/

For more information please visit: https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/are-you-ready-for-the-maker-faire-uk.

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About RS Components RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship around 50,000 parcels a day.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2017 had revenues of £1.51bn.

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-online.com.

Editorial Contact: Aakriti Kaushik 
PR Manager - EMEA 
RS Components 
aakriti.kaushik@rs-components.com 
+44 (0) 7795 400651

PR Agency Contact: Janice Fenton Account Director Publitek Technology PR janice.fenton@publitek.com +44 (0) 1225 470000

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSComponents; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

Electrocomponents plc www.electrocomponents.com RS Components www.rs-online.com Allied Electronics & Automation www.alliedelec.com DesignSpark www.rs-online.com/designspark