The Maker Movement is becoming mainstream. Over 135 millions adults in the United States alone actively involved. It has become a world wide phenomenon with Maker Faires in Japan, Italy, Norway and Chile. Makers are doing more than just creating for fun or hobby. They are contributing nearly $29 billion to the U.S. economy annually.
Who would of thought that Martha Stewart would be talking about the 3D printed roses? or That President Obama would be announcing $240 million in STEM commitments at the White House science fair?
The Emergence of the Maker Movement and what it looks like by the numbers.
Please join us Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225, for the Chandler Science Café at Hack Night, “Collective Genius for a Better World,” with Dennis Bonilla, NASA Contractor & Senior Digital Strategist – Valador, Inc.
Dennis Bonilla, Design Manager. Senior Digital Strategist. Community Manager. NASA Contractor.
Dennis has a decade of experience communicating complex concepts using video games, infographics, and interactive platforms to inform and empower communities. Dennis has created federal websites, designed visualization software for NASA, and worked on documents presented to the U.S. President. Dennis is also currently the community manager for http://LAUNCH.org, a sustainability program developed by NASA, Nike, the U.S. Department of State, and USAID.
Dennis will be discussing his work with the NASA Open Innovation Team, the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist, and the NASA Office of Human Capitol.
Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Chandler Science Cafe, first Wednesday of the month, 7pm, at Gangplank Chandler is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival and Gangplank Labs Initiative.
Free, open to the public, all welcome.
Desert Code Camp 2014 has been announced for October 18th.
Be part of the creative process as they plan for Desert Code Camp – Desert Code Camp 2014.2! Suggest a session! Suggestions will be immediately visible once you submit. If you want to Teach a session, choose “I can teach this” when submitting a session.
What is a Code Camp?
By and For the Developer Community
Code Conferences are about the developer community at large. They are meant to be a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. Topics are always based on community interest and never determined by anyone other than the community.
Code Conferences are always free for attendees.
Community Developed Material
The success of the Code Conferences is that they are based on community content. All content that is delivered is original. All presentation content must be provided completely (including code) without any restriction. If you have content you don’t want to share or provide to attendees then the Technology Conference is not the place for you.
No Fluff: Only Code
Code Conferences are about showing the code. Refer to rule #1 if you have any questions on this.
The most important element of the Technology Conference is always the developer community. All are welcome to attend and speak and do so without expectation of payment or any other compensation other than their participation in the community.
Never occur during work hours
We need to understand that many times people can’t leave work for a day or two to attend training or even seminars. The beauty of the Technology Conference is that they always occur on weekends.
When we first moved into downtown Chandler, Chuck Reynolds fought hard to get us access to recycling services. As it turns out, commercial recycling in an urban setting can be more difficult than you would think. Shortly afterwards blue cans started showing up.
The lid of the can surfaced some problems that many who had to handle trash complained about. David Monaghan, Kevin Odea and Stephen Minkin collaborated to give it some Dan Gerous style.
Gangplank Labs just got an industrial sewing machine. Rated at 1/3 horsepower, this 1950’s era machine can sew through leather, canvas, and probably thin plywood. Some assembly required – look for future updates to see when it’s time to bring your tough sewing projects to Hack Night. (Hack night happens every Tuesday from 7-9PM. It’s free, and everyone’s invited!)
Chris is interested in using the machine to sew a finished edge onto some rugs, Elia is interested making her own super slim leather wallet, and Heather wants to make custom fit leather sandals. What will YOU make?
On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 Gangplank Avondale’s makers gathered to brainstorm how to amp up the Avondale Labs Initiative. After a burst of ideas, we narrowed it to a “Summer of Electronics”. We are meeting again next Tuesday the 15th at 7pm to further plan this electrifying summer.
For those interested in seeing the crazy list of future ideas the group came up with, here they are:
Set up a soldering station
Meet once a month on a Saturday (maybe a youth event once a month)
Paper electronics for kids
Install fest – help those with less tech knowledge install Linux
Reach out to local neighborhood
Tear down day
Etsy Craft Party
Quad Copter night (or break that up into multiple projects and advertise each separately)
Metal work class
Big group projects
Simon says arduino
Movie projector – Theater night
Cold Metal forming
Concrete work (shaping)
DIY Astronomy (homebuilt telescopes)
Arduino/ Raspberry pi/ single board computers
Vacuum tube amp
Technology as art
3d Printer mentoring
Textiles (sewing, embroidery)
Learn to code (coding classes)
Rasberry Pi car ecc
Going from prototype to production
Traditional casting methods
community building events
laser cutter/ engraver
Make a thon
TechShop Chandler Grand Opening
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Join TechShop Chandler for their action-packed grand opening celebration: Saturday, January 18 from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Take a tour of their cutting edge facility, located within ASU’s Chandler Innovation Center, and prepare to be inspired. See what members are working on, chat with successful community makers, try some hands-on activities, and watch some of their machines in action! They will be serving barbecue burgers and dogs with sides and sodas from 12 – 2 PM. Participate in these great hands-on activities:
- Help build a state-of-the-art 3D structure in the parking lot with Brian Korsedal of Arcology Now! 11AM -2PM
- Battle with SumoBots in the famous Gearena
- Compete to race Sphero, part ball and part robot, through an ever changing obstacle course
Guests can also look forward to demonstrations and displays:
- “Meet the Makers” including reps from Local Motors, SITGREEN furniture, local incubator Desarrollo, and more. Talk about the latest happenings in the Maker world, how this movement is changing the world and how you can be a part of it 12-2PM
- Dream Consultant help desk – talk to their fantastic staff about your upcoming projects so that they can can help you build your dreams!
- Meet their amazing instructors as they demonstrate equipment and give you a taste of what classes are like at TechShop
- Little Makers hands-on area
- Member spotlights
- Photo booth
Enter our raffle to win cool prizes:
- 3-Pack of Maker Books, including The Maker Movement Manifesto, Zero to Maker, and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
- 3-Month TechShop Membership
- 3-Pack of Choice Classes
If you are a current TechShop member and would like to show off your project at the grand opening, please send an e-mail to email@example.com with a photo of your project, a photo of yourself, a description of your project, and a short bio to be featured next to your project. Submissions due by Monday, January 13, 2014.
The grand opening is free and fun for the entire family! You do not need to RSVP for this event, just show up Saturday between 11AM and 4PM. Bring your family and friends! TechShop Chandler is located at 249 E. Chicago St.,Chandler, AZ. If you need more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-327-0820. Special offers and membership discounts will be available throughout the day.
Maker Summit Save the Date
ASU CTI is bringing the local maker community together to share best practices. Mark your calendar now to join them! Invitation and agenda to follow.
When: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Cost: $15 (lunch will be provided)
Where: TechShop, inside the new ASU Chandler Innovation Center, 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225
Keynote speaker and breakout sessions to be announced. If you are interested in presenting on a topic about making, or know someone who would be, please contact Katherine.M.Clemens@asu.edu.