Tarrant Makers - our community value proposition

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An overview of what the Tarrant Makers foundation and membership offer to the creative community and parties interested in the maker movement

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Tarrant Makers - our community value proposition

  1. 1. Randall Arnold, Tarrant Makers public relations
  2. 2. WHO ARE TARRANT MAKERS? Organization: the Tarrant County Maker Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2012 to create and improve local educational and entrepreneurial experiences Community: artists, programmers, hardware hackers and “do-it- yourselfers” of all kinds
  3. 3. WHAT IS OUR VISION? To be a community of makers supporting member and public education, innovative projects, and one or more member-accessible workshops (aka makerspaces). We will accomplish this by staying on top of technological advances and will implement all programs with consideration for life enhancement and environmental sustainability Through the support of our sponsors and mentor members, and using grassroots approaches, we put tech in the reach of anyone, and aim to fill in gaps in existing public education and corporate learning approaches by following concepts like STEAM
  4. 4. experiences education entrepreneurship OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES • meetups • hackathons • mixers • contests • classes • projects • field trips • mentoring • connecting
  5. 5. experiences education entrepreneurship OUR GOALS • meetups • hackathons • mixers • contests • classes • projects • field trips • mentoring • connecting
  6. 6. experiences education entrepreneurship Partners • NRH Library • Ft Worth Museum of Science & History Partners • BRIT • UTA • Endeavor Cinema Group Partners • Tech Fort Worth • IDEA Works FW • Launch DFW OUR SUPPORT • meetups • hackathons • mixers • contests • classes • projects • field trips • mentoring • connecting Sponsors/Donors Intel▪Autodesk▪Microsoft
  7. 7. Municipalities▪Clubs▪Universities▪ Start-ups▪Corporations▪Public experiences education entrepreneurship OUR BENEFICIARIES Sponsors/Donors Intel▪Autodesk▪Microsoft Partners • NRH Library • Ft Worth Museum of Science & History Partners • Tech Fort Worth • IDEA Works FW • Launch DFW • meetups • hackathons • mixers • contests • classes • projects • field trips • mentoring • connecting Partners • BRIT • UTA • Endeavor Cinema Group
  8. 8. WHAT WE NEED NEXT Civic Support. Now that we are gaining commercial sponsors and gathering momentum, Tarrant Makers would like to add municipalities to our partners, in the areas of: • Collaboration • Guidance • Promotion • Gathering and work spaces
  9. 9. WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE Experiences. Tarrant Makers will put our cutting-edge skills and knowledge to work for the benefit of our community. We will connect the public, particularly K-12 students, with emerging technologies by providing: • Accessible demonstrations • Examples of STEAM educational and industry best practices • Mentorship • Opportunities to meet, share and develop • Fun!
  10. 10. EXAMPLES THAT INSPIRE US Generator Based in Burlington, Vermont, it’s a novel city/community collaborative venture http://generatorvermont.com/ venturelab A San Antonio, Texas hands-on innovation and entrepreneurship academy http://venturelab.org/ New Factory A dynamic city/community managed resource in Tampere, Finland http://newfactory.fi/ Dallas Makerspace Our neighboring maker community http://dallasmakerspace.org/
  11. 11. BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER To achieve our goals, in addition to contributing our own “sweat equity”, Tarrant Makers will continually pursue grassroots fundraising, in-kind donations, corporate giving and partner provisions In turn, we will do our part to connect interested Tarrant County residents with leading-edge opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. We will do this anywhere and everywhere, but plan to one day establish our own Resource Center
  12. 12. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION Tarrant Makers http://tarrantmakers.org social.media@tarrantmakers.org We look forward to what develops next!

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