Are you in the process of starting or growing a makerspace near you? Join Artisan's Asylum and MAKE for an intensive one-day workshop whose goal is to lead you through the process of setting up, characterizing, and planning out the stages of developing your makerspace. Over the course of the day, we'll discuss creating a business model, wading through permitting and insurance, building community around your space, and the particular challenges of incorporating education and/or business incubation into your mission. This won't be a spectators event: be prepared to tell your story, ask questions, look at hard numbers, and make decisions about your space and the process you'll use to set it up. You may even find collaborators from an area near you that you want to work with!
All participants must fill out this survey in addition to registering for a ticket, so that we can tune the workshop to your needs:
Lunch will be served during the event. Please bring scratch paper, something to write with, and as much information as you can gather about your preferred makerspace location and existing plans. This information includes, but is not limited to:
- Total population and population density
- Median household income
- Rough age distribution
- Average commercial rent in $/sqft/yr (easily found by searching your local commercial Craigslist listings)
- Any existing maker, craft, vocational, or DIY-oriented events and spaces in your area
- Any universities or colleges in your area
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Make: Magazine and Maker Media
Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Make: is published quarterly by Maker Media, Inc. that also produces the wildly popular Make: Online (www.makezine.com), the Maker Shed online store for DIY kits, books, and more (www.makershed.com), and the world's biggest DIY festival, Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com).
"The Maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age." — The New York Times