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  1. 1. The Emerging Phenomenon ofMakerspacesMaking Some ThingsFrom NoThings:
  2. 2. What is a makerspace?
  3. 3. What is a makerspace?• Origins• Hackerspaces• Community Workspace• Metalworking• Woodworking• Textiles• Electronics• Biology• Chemistry• Imagination!
  4. 4. But, using the word “hacker” in hackerspacemight give some the wrong idea…So,we are callingit a “makerspace”Instead.
  5. 5. What is a makerspace?• Community:• Like minded folks• Collaborative• Technology New & Old• Innovative• Incubator for Innovation• Open• Outreach• Inspiring• CommunityInvolvement• Urban
  6. 6. What is a makerspace?inspire, learn, teach, create, and much more!• Learning Environment• Classes• Seminars• Exploration• Self Discovery• Shared Engineering• Exploratorium
  7. 7. What is a hacker?Who and Whatare makers?
  8. 8. Makers are:Scholars, improvers,and sharersLinus Torvalds –Developer of theLinux kernel
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. Why makerspaces?
  11. 11. What happens ina makerspace?• Learning
  12. 12. What happens ina makerspace?• Art
  13. 13. What happens ina makerspace?• New Technology
  14. 14. What happens ina makerspace?• Traditional Technology
  15. 15. What happens ina makerspace?• Biology
  16. 16. What happens ina makerspace?• Even Ham Radio!
  17. 17. What makerspacesdo:Some examples
  18. 18. What makerspacesdo:RepRap – Self Replicating 3D Printer
  19. 19. What makerspacesdo:Creative Security Enhancements
  20. 20. What makerspacesdo:Aerospace Engineering!
  21. 21. What makerspacesdo:Even Electric Cars!
  22. 22. Where are makerspaces?
  23. 23. Makerspaces are everywhere!
  24. 24. Makerspaces are everywhere!
  25. 25. • Boston University Group• Student Run(Division of the AssociationOf Computing Machinery)• Help develop the school’sown linux distribution(BULinux)• Facilitates student-run techinitiatives
  26. 26. • Boston• Cooperative• 50,000 ft2• Classroom• Machine Shop• Welding Shop• Wood Shop• Electronics• Bike Shop• Screen Printing• Fabric Shop
  27. 27. Makerspaces are also appearing in another area:Libraries!
  28. 28. • 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
  29. 29. • Westport Ct.• Opened Summer 2012• Offers classes, lectures• 3D printing• Maker in Residence program
  30. 30. How to makea makerspace?
  31. 31. Setting up a makerspace:It’s not as hard (or expensive)as you’d think
  32. 32. What do you need?• Space• Interested People• Website / Blog• Equipment• A little funding• Enthusiasm!
  33. 33. 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
  34. 34. Funding sources for makerspaces● Grants● Sponsorship● EconomicDevelopment● Kickstarter● Fund drives● Subscriptions
  35. 35. Makerspacemodels● Community● Co-op● Subscription● Landlord● Corporate● Municipal
  36. 36. MakerspaceFAQ● Legal● Governance● Budget● Space● Storage● Materials● Safety
  37. 37. 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
  38. 38. ●QQuestions?