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  • How to Make a Makerspace

    2013 - 02.02

    How to Make a Makerspace kicked off today with tours of the Artisan’s Asylum, registration, a catered dinner, and a keynote address by Gui Cavalcanti of Artisan’s Asylum and Dale Dougherty of Make Magazine on the importance and future of makerspaces.

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    g+: Make A Makerspace page and community; we will be streaming live video of the panels from the community page. Please DO NOT WATCH any streaming video from INSIDE THE ARTISAN’S ASYLUM this weekend.

    The event continues on Saturday and Sunday with a full schedule of panels, talks, and workshops, including:


    9:00 – 10:30 AM:
    Panel Session 1 (Startup) – Identifying and Rallying Your Community
    Panel Session 1 (Sustainability) – Makerspace Business Plan Workshop

    10:45 AM – 12:15 PM:
    Panel Session 2 (Startup) – Comparative Makerspace Business Models
    Panel Session 2 (Sustainability) – Special Topics in Makerspace Education

    1:00 – 2:30 PM:
    Panel Session 3 (All) – Finding Money, Tools, and Space

    2:45 – 4:15 PM:
    Panel Session 4 (All) – Building Code, Insurance, and Liability

    4:30 – 6:00 PM:
    Panel Session 5 (Startup) – The Role of Education in Makerspaces and Vice Versa
    Panel Session 5 (Sustainability) – Cat Herding 101: Governing a Makerspace

    7:00 PM:
    Informal Storytelling

    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM:
    CEMI Interactive Multimedia Lab – Social mixer and electronic music/digital art event held in the Artisan’s Asylum multipurpose room and social area. Recommended donation of $5 for CEMI, the producers of the event.


    9:00 AM – 12:15 PM:
    Makerspace Teacher Workshops (Location 1) – Modern Educational Theory and Makerspace
    Makerspace Teacher Workshops (Location 2) – Microcontrollers for Educators

    1:00 – 2:30 PM:
    Vendor Fair – Meet a number of vendors of kits, tools, and more who are here to create relationships with you, the organizers of future spaces.

    2:30 – 6:00 PM:
    Breakout Sessions – Self-organize and have informal discussions about whatever interests you! Proposed discussions include discussing incorporation (both non-profit and for-profit), makerspaces in university settings, appropriate information technology, the gender gap, demonstrating maker activities with kids, and more. White boards, tables and chairs will be available for reconfiguration!

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