London, May 4, 2011 is the date for the new thingmakers conference, where many of the creators of 3D printing technology will join with users in an "intense one day conference on the best of 3D printing and customized manufacturing".
According to organizer Ivan Pope:
We're trying to evangelize 3D printing and associated industries to a public that is largely uninformed but who will be hugely receptive. We've got a great range of speakers from across the industry lined up to take a view of where we are and where we are going.
Pope and his team are making certain this will happen: so far the speaker list includes such 3D printing notables as Adrian Bowyer (RepRap), Bre Pettis (MakerBot), Stephen Hoskins (University of the West of England), Bart Veldhuizen (Shapeways) and Soner Ozenc (RazorLAB). We understand there may be someone from Bits From Bytes as well.
The event will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at Shoreditch Studios in east London, UK, a short stroll from Old Street Station. Tickets are £150 each, unless you're an actual card-holding student, in which case you can get in for only £85. But there's one more way you can get in at no charge whatsoever!
Fabbaloo has made arrangements with thingmakers to provide a free admission ticket to not one, but TWO lucky readers. If you're able to attend this conference and want a chance at this free ticket, merely add a comment saying so to this post. Two weeks before the event on April 20th, we'll fire up a very sophisticated selector algorithm and randomly choose two lucky recipients from the list of valid commenters. Be sure to include your email address when you enter your comment or we won't be able to contact you in the event you're selected (the email addresses won't be shown on our website, no worries.)
If you're not able to attend the conference, please forward or retweet this post to others you think would like a chance to enter the contest.