Introduction to Makerspaces: Garages for tomorrows innovation


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Slides from a presentation on Makerspaces delivered by Stephen Carter at the New Jersey Library Association Adult Services Forum 10/22/2012. Stephen Carter is co-director of the New Jersey Makerspace Association

Introduction to Makerspaces: Garages for tomorrows innovation

  1. 1. Introduction toMakerspacesGarages for tomorrow’sinnovationStephen CarterRutgers
  2. 2. A Rich HistoryEvery slideset must include a quote from Wikipedia… Some of today’s hottest companies were started in a garage or dorm room. Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook. Today these companies aren’t too worried about competing with each other. What keep’s them up at night is the thought of what some geek is doing in some garage. We want to build a nation of garages….
  3. 3. Many Names,One Mission Makerspaces Makelabs Makerhoods (California) Hackerspaces Creative Spaces Fab Labs (New York)
  4. 4. Simple … but complexSpaces can take many formsMakerspace goals are simple– to create, motivate andinnovate. Well, not so simple.The good news isexperimenting is fun.
  5. 5. Wikipedia Definition:What is a Makerspace?Every slideset must include a quote from Wikipedia… A hackerspace or hackspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or creative space) is a location where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate. Hackerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.
  6. 6. New Jersey help pavedthe way…R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S formed in 1966The RESISTORS - Radically EmphaticStudents Interested in Science, Technologyand Other Research Subjects was one of thefirst computer clubs in the United States,meeting in the sixties and seventies in aHopewell Barn in central New Jersey. Thegroup of computer geeks (mostly teenstudents at Hopewell Valley Central HighSchool) formed in 1966 to play with High Schoolers in a Hopewell Barnelectronics, write primitive code, talk aboutthe future of computing, and protest badscience education. Publicly Supported
  7. 7. Two primary types ofMakerspacesPublic and PrivateMembership Supported (Private)Typically a group of like-minded individualsforming a 501c3 supported by membershipdues ($25-$100 per month). Pays rental ofspace (garage/warehouse), insurance, andbasic equipment. Loosely organized.Publicly SupportedA makerspace at a university, k-12, library,museum, etc. Supported by grants,foundations, donations, public funds. Publicly Supported
  8. 8. NJ’s Makerspaces aregaining momentum! • Public Supported: • Rutgers University (2) • Newark Museum • Membership Supported: • Fubar Labs • Trenton Atelier • Institute for Exploratory Research • Hoboken Makerbar • Hive 4 (Allentown, PA)
  9. 9. What goes on inMakerspaces?Not just Pop-tarts and Cheetos OPEN HOURS Times when facility is open to its members/public for fabrication, experimentation, or fixing ones toaster. MEETUPS Informal seminars (i.e weekly) on some mutual topic of interest. Includes 30-60 minute, followed by experimentation. CHALLENGES Organized competition in various topics. Many including commercial sponsorship and prizes. DISRUPTIVE EDUCATION Using makerspaces as the vehicle for advanced educational strategies, i.e. learn by doing. MIT Power Wheels Racing at New York’s Maker Faire every September.
  10. 10. Makeup of aMakerspace?Most Makerspaces have common equipment base… Most makerspaces today are electronic / IT centric. Equipment supported includes 3d printers, laser cutters, micro-controllers (Arduino), robotics.
  11. 11. But Also… Makerspaces emerge in new focus areas• Advanced Manufacturing• Renewable Energy and Sustainability• Life Science and Bio• Arts and Fashion
  12. 12. And Entrepreneurship… Makerspace and Entrepreneurship, perfect together• STEM students interested in entrepreneurship.• Prototyping• Peer to Peer Networking• Gateway to start-ups
  13. 13. Great for Libraries!Fort Wayne, Indiana Detroit Public Library West Port, CT Library’s LogoCleveland TechCentral
  14. 14. Great Opportunitiesfor Libraries!• A Dedicated Hacker Spaces - Each community could have a space to have hackathons that could be used for locally driven events as well as a place for out of town organizers to throw events.• Hackathon Model - Libraries could adopt a hackathon model for throwing small or large events in any area, allowing kids and adults to organize and participate in hackathons in any topic area.• Sponsorship - Bring in sponsors much like we do for hackathons, allowing tech and other companies to invest in single or ongoing hackathon efforts at libraries in the markets and subject areas that matter to them most.• Revenue Opportunities - These sponsorship opportunities would allow libraries to create new ways to fund their operations based upon the corporate sponsors that reflect the type of space libraries want to create.• Mentorship - Allow anyone to become a hacker mentor in any subject, allowing them to share expertise and knowledge with others in their community.• Resources - Libraries could provide access to computers, Internet connectivity, data repositories, code repositories, APIs, software and other resources that are essential to hackers.• Community Innovation - These new library hacker spaces could be centers for community innovation to occur, bringing in outside ideas, and circulating new ideas within existing community leaders.• Incubation - Library hacker spaces could be centers of business incubation, providing a rich and fertile environment for ideas to take root and find the resources and talent they need to actually become businesses, creating desperately needed jobs in communities. Source: Random blog at remake-libraries-as-hacker-spaces-and-community-innovation-centers/
  15. 15. Coming October 24th….
  16. 16. Goals of New Jersey Makerspace AssociationBased at Rutgers University, the New Jersey Makerspace Association will:• Encourage collaboration and partnerships among New Jerseys makerspaces - both member based and publicly supported;• Provide technical guidance and consultation for K-12 and other public entities (i.e. libraries) wishing to create new spaces;• Seek grant opportunities for equipment and events (i.e. Maker Faires);• Promote makerspaces to our elected representatives;• Create curriculum for educational related activities.
  17. 17. JUST DO IT.We encourage everyone to start making inyour communities and schools to createsomething of your own imagination. Thethought of starting a makerspace can bedaunting. Finding space, funding andselecting equipment, engaging students andthe public, recruiting mentors and staff,liability, etc.The New Jersey Makerspace Association ishere to help. Publicly Supported The importance of play
  18. 18. Questions?Let us know your ideas!