the DIY way to create a Makerspace in your city

Sep 22, 2014 by The . Topics include , , , , , ,

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Eric and Grace were invited to speak at World Maker Faire in New York about the experience of building and managing

In the audience were operators of existing makerspaces and prospective new makerspaces from across the world including, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States (ranging from New York and New Jersey, to Delaware, North Carolina, and Phoenix, AZ. The talk covered the full range of topics including

  • Understanding why you are building a makerspace
  • What is the difference between a Makerspace, Hackerspace, and Coworking space, and what are the architectural needs of each?
  • How to build a grassroots innovation ecosystem
  • Organizational structure pros and cons
  • Financial models for makerspaces, hackerspaces, and coworking
  • Innovation event planning
  • Venture Creation within makerspaces and hackerspaces

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Located in a historic 1802 Schoolhouse, our space is divided into two wings. One for learning and prototyping, and one for coworking and business incubation. Our membership comes from a wide variety of backgrounds that all consider themselves some measure of hacker, maker, and doer. I am an architect. We have entrepreneurs, business people, teachers, engineers, designers, artists, and Jacks and Jill’s of all trades, and of course many software and hardware developers.

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