Call for Speakers

Deadline Conference Date Location
August 31 at midnight – Deadline extended until September 7th at midnight! November 18th, 2018 The Design Exchange, 234 Bay St, Toronto, ON

This years conference will include

Speaker Track Give a talk, put together a panel. These slots are best suited for a look at theoretical frameworks, diving into processes and/or artists talks. They can range form 10-40 minutes. Let us know what you want to talk about and we’ll try and make the best space for that to happen!
Workshops This format is great for smaller work sessions. They are about sharing a small piece of your process with hands on activities for a group of participants. They are great for hands on and discussion based learning. Workshops can run from 1-2 hours.
Exhibition Our exhibitions will include, community tables, and art exhibition. This exhibition will be set up throughout the conference. We encourage any medium for art exhibition, including: electronic, design objects, games and more.


Here are a few ideas of things we would like to see:
  • Alternative ideation over commercialization
  • Supply chain poetics
  • Crafting as technology and/or technology in craft
  • Disability in Making
  • Issues of race in education/technology/making
  • Futurism and speculative design
  • Alternative technology
  • Queering tech / fabrication
  • Creating curiosity
  • Comedy and making
  • De-Broing technology
  • Food and making
  • Cultural differences in community spaces and collaborative work
  • Community building in strange ways
  • Psychogeography, field work and exploration in tech
  • Experiments, narratives or experiences
  • Ethics of making / Design research ethics

We’re committed to an intersectional analysis of the issues we tackle, and strive to provide programming from great minds who reflect Toronto’s diversity.

Make Change is committed to diversifying the conversation around maker culture and education. While all applicants are welcome, preference will be given to voices not often represented in these fields.

We encourage people of colour, Aboriginal and First Nations folks, gender variant people, people with disability, and those with cultural, economic, and social backgrounds different from the traditionally presented Canadian settler perspective. If you have any questions, concerns, or require assistance completing this application please contact

We will also give preference to those who did not speak last year, but welcome applications from those who have spoken in other years.