i3 Detroit will be attending a “TechShop Movement” discussion at the UofM

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.

Ann Arbor Maker Faire

The guys over at the Ann Arbor Go-Tech makers group are putting on the first Ann Arbor Makers Faire on Saturday August 29th 2009 at the Neutral Zone which is located at 310 E. Washington Ann Arbor, MI 48104. They are looking for people to register for exhibitors. If you would like to be apart of the making of Metro Detroit’s First Maker Faire head over to their site and register today!

i3 Detroit is already registered and planning to be there so we hope to see you all come out and visit us.

New Membership is still Open!

i3 Detroit still has open Membership if you are interested. We are holding our weekly meeting tonight @ 7:00 P.M at the Coffee Beanery in Berkley Mi.

If you are interested in learning more about the group and our projects please join us. If you already know you want to be a member you can fill out the new member sign up form and bring with you or you can pay online via credit card on our Membership page. The monthly dues are $50.00 per month. As a member you will have access to the space 24/7, attend weekly classes, voting rights and more.

We hope to see some new faces tonight as we continue to grow i3 Detroit into an amazing group of talented individuals!


i3 Detroit Team

Reminder: i3 Detroit Electronics Recycling Event tomorrow!



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[1]. 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[2]. 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

[1] http://www.socrra.org/electronics.html

[2] http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/materials/ecycling/faq.htm


No Furniture

No Broken Glass

No Televisions or Displays larger than 27″

No Appliances

$2.00 minimum and .50 cents per pound cost to recycle your old equipment.

Thanks for helping the environment and our cause!

i3 Detroit Space

We have finally found our new home for i3 Detroit. We have agreed upon moving into the Russell Industrial Center. The Russell Industrial Center space is a very unique space in regards to low costs, the local community and the growth opportunities. We are collecting dues from all members next Tuesday July 7th to help raise the funds for the initial costs of getting into our new space. We are also holding our first fundraiser on Saturday July 11th from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m in the Go Comedy parking lot in downtown Ferndale.

If you have been following i3 Detroit and would like to help i3 Detroit get into our new space as soon as possible please donate what you can. If you have been waiting for us to get a space before becoming a member now is the time. The monthly membership dues are $50 per month and can be paid in cash at our weekly meetings on Tuesday. If you would like to pay via credit card we have a paypal donation link at the bottom of our membership page on the main www.i3detroit.com website. If you would like to donate a larger amount we also have an open amount paypal link on our sponsorship page.

i3 Detroit will be renting a 600 square foot loft space which we are allowed to finish the space as we wish. The ceilings are 14 ft high and our monthly rent includes our electricity as well. Once we have signed the lease and have our $1400 we will immediatly begin the build out of our new space. Once the space has been built out we will be holding a Grand Opening party for both members and non members to come and see the new space.

We will begin weekly classes as well once our space has been completed.

Please Join us during this new and exciting time for i3 Detroit!