Four individuals from i3 Detroit were able to attend a “TechShop” Movement discussion at the UofM Business Engagement Center on Tuesday evening.. We wanted to take a moment to share our thoughts and outlook from this discussion as we have had a lot of you asking for an update.
Tuesday was a giant leap for the Maker Movement in Detroit. Not only did we gather many local groups with similar interests (i3 Detroit, Detroit Industrial Arts League, a2geeks, Coffee House Coders, etc), entrepreneurs and universities, we had Make Magazine & TechShop all in the same room. The atmosphere was a mix of innovation and inspiration. It was exciting to get all the “M.B.A.s”, as Nate coined them, brainstorming and see their heads nodding during the presentations. With big names like Jim Newton, from TechShop & Dale Dougherty, from Make Magazine, it was just the ignition we needed to give the Movement in Detroit a starting platform that all of us have been trying so hard to do.
Do we think this is a replacement or a competition for i3 Detroit, absolutely not. Mark Hatch, TechShop COO, said that any growth to the industry segment is positive for both TechShop and those individual groups. This will bring more notoriety to the movement and empower people to think creatively about projects.
Some of the main points that we covered at the meeting were:
* TechShop and Maker Faire considering Detroit, but skeptical of the market/interest
* Interest is split between Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit
* Detroit is not Silicon Valley, but still has many makers
* Interest is present largely underground, and Detroit needs a way to foster communication within the creative community
The overall feeling from the i3 Detroit Members was that everyone genuinely wanted to hear about our experience with i3, and eager to work with us to help cultivate a pro-maker culture in Detroit.We feel that everyone agreed that great things would happen more often if disparate groups that don’t normally hang out together spent more time in each other’s territories. Over dinner, we discussed a number of help-for-startups opportunities provided by various groups.
We would like to Thank everyone from the UofM for putting this event on! We would also like to Thank Dale Dougherty from Make magazine as well as Jim Newton & Mark Hatch from the TechShop for taking the time to come and speak with all of us here in Michigan.
We would like to Thank Everyone for coming out and having some BristleBot Fun! Here is a Video and some Photos of the Event. Keep checking the website for future events.
i3 Detroit has been invited to what Associate Vice-Presidents Marvin Parnes
and Dan Atkins expect to be a very interesting opportunity to learn about
the “TechShop movement” and to consider a planning process for a Detroit TechShop
model that blends education, economic renewal,innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Phoenix Wang, advisor to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,
Diana Rhoten, Director, Digital Media and Learning at the Social Science Research Council,and Mark Hatch, COO of TechShop in Menlo Park,California
will be here to present and discuss TechShop and how it may be of value to Detroit.
We will make sure to provide further updates of the outcome of the event.
We would like to Thank Dug Song for making sure we were able to be involved.
The i3 Detroit technology cooperative will hold an electronics recycling drive on Saturday July 11th, 2009, in downtown Ferndale. Volunteers from i3 Detroit will accept drop-offs from 9AM to 3PM outside of Go Comedy, 261 E. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale. The group will also hold a raffle for $300 in prizes at the event.
In Metro Detroit, electronics cannot be recycled curbside. Instead, residents usually have to make an appointment to take their old electronics to a SOCCRA drop-off center. The i3 recycling drive will give Metro Detroiters an alternative way to recycle their old electronics, as well as raise awareness for the importance of electronics recycling in general.
According to the EPA, electronics can contain harmful materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and brominated flame retardants. Keeping these materials out of landfills can help reduce air and water pollution. All electronics collected at the event will be recycled by Silicon Alley Recyclers (http://siliconalleyrecyclers.us).
Attendees will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for laptop cases from SFBags, jinx.com gift certificates, and t-shirts from Snorg Tees. The proceeds will go towards opening i3 Detroit’s community workshop in the Russell Industrial Center.
About i3 Detroit. i3 Detroit (http://i3detroit.com) is a member-run, non-profit organization dedicated to creating a collaborative environment for the exploration of technology, art and culture.
If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with i3 Detroit please call Russ Wolfe at 248… or e-mail Russ at rwolfe at i3detroit.com
No Broken Glass
No Televisions or Displays larger than 27″
$2.00 minimum and .50 cents per pound cost to recycle your old equipment.
Thanks for helping the environment and our cause!
phone: (248) 906-8473
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