I just finished reading an interesting article written by Nick Farr that discusses examining the now and future of hackerspaces. He brings up some good points in how we look at hackerspaces and the differences of them being non-profit vs. for profit. I thought i would share thinking others might find this read interesting.
“Even the idea of a Hackerspaces as a benevolent collectives is worth challenging. As Hackers struggle to find work in the global downturn, why shouldn’t we have patently for-profit hackerspaces? The idea may be initially offensive, but what better way of getting towards a future where soldering irons are as normal in bars and coffee shops as pencils and moleskines are today? Instead of discounting the for-profit idea and other efforts to expand Hackerspaces as a concept, we should be encouraging and participating in such efforts. The global economy being what it is, who wouldn’t support some entrepreneurial hackers with their local parts store and coffee shop?”
For the full read go Here!
Developers, artists, and enthusiasts will display their ideas at the first Ann Arbor “Mini” Maker Faire, August 29, 2009, at the Washtenaw County Fair Grounds.
Organized by members of the Ann Arbor tech and arts communities such as a2geeks and GO-Tech, this “Mini” Maker Faire is a small, local version of the huge Bay-area Faire, the newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft, and engineering, and music, in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become makers. This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers–anyone who is embracing DIY and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.
- i3 Detroit
- YAAARC Robotics
- Cupcake Car
- Laser Lunchboxen
- Smithy CNC
- butterfly blanking die
- that thing bob wants me to do
- Open Soda
- Experimental Musical Devices
- Learn to solder
- Homemade Arduino modular synthesizer
- Vortex Doomsday Cannon
- Recycled bits and quick fixes
- Ham Radio
- Modati Studios
- SERENGETI CANOPY: CURTIS GLATTER
- Discover Electronics
- Motown Bound
- Second Skins: Reworking Leather
- Wii Will Wii Will Rock You! !! !!!
- SAD: Sensory Augmentation Devices
Come Join i3 Detroit at the A2 Mini Maker Faire this Saturday!
We will be meeting tonight for our weekly meeting as well as to finish our Giant Bristlebot build for the A2 Maker Faire. We’ll meet at Swit’s garage @ 515 Lloyd Ave. Royal Oak Mi 48073. If you would like to join us and help out or if you would just like to come by and meet everyone at i3 Detroit you are more than welcome.
We are always looking for new members so come on by for a fun evening!
This Tuesday @ 7:00pm we’ll have our last build session for the giant bristlebot. This may be the last meeting before the a2makerfaire. We’ll meet at Swit’s garage @ 515 Loloyd Ave. Royal Oak Mi 48073. If you would like to join us and help out or if you would just like to come by and meet everyone at i3 Detroit you are more than welcome.
The Motor City Haunt Club is holding their 3rd annual Haunted Garage Sale, this Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
See all the details at: http://motorcityhauntclub.com/
phone: (248) 906-8473
For tours, just drop in before a meeting (Tuesdays 5-7pm) or any Friday evening (5-9pm).
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