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One-day business conference for makers, artists & designers

Melbourne's iconic Federation Square will be brimming with 'super-makers', business and social media gurus and academics, all participating in a first-of-its-kind conference designed to support the growth of Australian creative businesses, and to discuss where the market for locally handmade goods is heading.

Early Bird tickets are now on sale for The Makers & Shakers Conference, held at the iconic Deakin Edge, Federation Square on 22 February 2019.

The one-day business development event for makers, artists, designers & crafters and food & beverage entrepreneurs explores a wide range of issues through enlightening Q&A panel discussions, such as: how creatives can achieve a better work-life balance, the secrets to winning at social media, how to create authentic products, and how 'super-makers' built and scaled successful and sustainable businesses.

This isn't just another event that is selling 'inspiration' via speeches from successful people. All of the sessions will be Q&A panels with lots of audience question time so that the audience can get into the nitty-gritty of the 'how' to succeed.

Marcus Westbury

The stellar lineup of talent includes a keynote address by Marcus Westbury (creator of ABC TVs 'Bespoke', founder of the pioneering social enterprise Renew Australia and currently the founding CEO of the Collingwood Arts Precinct) who will review where the resurgence of interest in handmade has come from, and forecast what it looks like in the future.

Tiff Manuell, Emily Green, Laura Blythman, Maryanne Moodie

Along with a slew of pioneering 'super-makers' (such as Tiff Manuell, Emily Green, Laura Blythman, Maryanne Moodie) other notable participants for the Q&A panel discussions are:

  • Professor Susan Luckman (leading thinker on the handmade economy); Kate Berry (creative director and founder of Lunch Lady Magazine);

  • Kylie Lewis (former head of digital for kikki.K, business and wellness coach, and social media guru);

  • Madeleine Dore (writer and founder of blog Extraordinary Routines);

  • Kath Wilson (journalist and author of Tinkering: Australians Reinvent DIY Culture). See the full lineup here:

    The conference comes from the organisers of some of the country's most innovative market events over the last decade, including The Makers & Shakers Market, The Slow Fashion Market, and Round She Goes Market — all of which were designed to connect brave and ethical stallholders with conscious consumers.

    Included in the conference ticket is gourmet food and drink throughout the day. The team have handpicked quality food makers to keep attendees fuelled, including as much barista-crafted speciality coffee their bodies can handle.

    "The conference is an opportunity for creatives to temporarily put aside the pressures of selling products and answering emails, and spend quality time thinking reflectively, developing a big-picture strategy for their business, and connecting with their community in a pleasant, non-competitive environment", says conference co-organiser, Emma Morris.

    Come and mingle with other like-minded creatives and invest in the future of your creative business (and yourself)!

    All attendees will receive a FREE COPY of Kylie Lewis' book The Leap Stories: Intimate Interviews On Overcoming Fear, Choosing Courage Over Comfort And Designing A Fulfilling Career'.

    Spots are strictly limited, so register now and take advantage of the Early Bird price - visit for more details.

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    When: Friday 22 February 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm
    Where: Deakin Edge, Federation Square Melbourne VIC 3000
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