So you Want to Start a Makerspace? Where to start the discussion.
Abstract: I have been involved or adjacent to the Maker/Hackerspace movement since my brother went to Chaos Computer Congress in 2005 with some friends and were inspired by what they were doing in Berlin and brought back the concept to the bay area to start fundraising and eventually open Noisebridge in 2007. This has included speaking at Maker Faires, starting spaces both commercial and educational and acting as a consultant for Maker communities over the years. There is tremendous potential for Makerspaces but there are some key points that need discussion for a long-term successful outcome. I would like to facilitate a roundtable in which these points and how they could be contextualized are discussed and try to put together some tools (checklists and discussion points) that the attendees can take back to their environments. These points are: 1. What does the word “Maker” mean to you? What does it mean to the community engaging in the startup? 2. What kind of “Making” does the startup community want to be emphasized? How is it relevant? 3. Who is maintaining the space and training the volunteers/teachers? 4. In a school environment, what is the spaces’ relationship to the curriculum and content? 5. How can you use the space for greater community engagement? 6 . How are projects prioritized and who gets the final say? 7. How do you define your Markers of Success?