The Emerging Phenomenon ofMakerspacesMaking Some ThingsFrom NoThings:
What is a makerspace?
What is a makerspace?• Origins• Hackerspaces• Community Workspace• Metalworking• Woodworking• Textiles• Electronics• Biology• Chemistry• Imagination!
But, using the word “hacker” in hackerspacemight give some the wrong idea…So,we are callingit a “makerspace”Instead.
What is a makerspace?• Community:• Like minded folks• Collaborative• Technology New & Old• Innovative• Incubator for Innovation• Open• Outreach• Inspiring• CommunityInvolvement• Urban
What is a makerspace?inspire, learn, teach, create, and much more!• Learning Environment• Classes• Seminars• Exploration• Self Discovery• Shared Engineering• Exploratorium
What is a hacker?Who and Whatare makers?
Makers are:Scholars, improvers,and sharersLinus Torvalds –Developer of theLinux kernel
2. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. (i.e. an astronomy hacker)(RFC1392, The Internet Users Glossary)Makers are:.Problem SolversBrent SolinaFounder ofMicrOrganicTechnologiesSquare Inc – Creditcard paymentprocessing solution
What happens ina makerspace?• Learning
What happens ina makerspace?• Art
What happens ina makerspace?• New Technology
What happens ina makerspace?• Traditional Technology
What happens ina makerspace?• Biology
What happens ina makerspace?• Even Ham Radio!
What makerspacesdo:Some examples
What makerspacesdo:RepRap – Self Replicating 3D Printer
What makerspacesdo:Creative Security Enhancements
What makerspacesdo:Aerospace Engineering!
What makerspacesdo:Even Electric Cars!
Where are makerspaces?
Makerspaces are everywhere!
Makerspaces are everywhere!
• Boston University Group• Student Run(Division of the AssociationOf Computing Machinery)• Help develop the school’sown linux distribution(BULinux)• Facilitates student-run techinitiatives
Makerspaces are also appearing in another area:Libraries!
• Fayetteville Free Libraryin New York• Spurred the movement to puttinkerspaces in libraries• Offers lots of workshops to thepublic on a wide range oftech/maker technologies
• Westport Ct.• Opened Summer 2012• Offers classes, lectures• 3D printing• Maker in Residence program
How to makea makerspace?
Setting up a makerspace:It’s not as hard (or expensive)as you’d think
What do you need?• Space• Interested People• Website / Blog• Equipment• A little funding• Enthusiasm!
But what about the money?• Mackerspaces are notexpensive• They encourage restorationof “vintage” equipment• There’s lots of grantfunding available• Donations of time,equipment and money mayfar exceed yourexpectations
Funding sources for makerspaces● Grants● Sponsorship● EconomicDevelopment● Kickstarter● Fund drives● Subscriptions
Makerspacemodels● Community● Co-op● Subscription● Landlord● Corporate● Municipal
Summing it all up● Makerspaces are places that provide theopportunity for people to innovate and learn● Places for sharing resources● Shared tools, shared ideas, sharedenthusiasm!● Access to things you can’t do at home● They aren’t difficult to start up