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Erica Parson

Erica Parson

1:45pm // Bootstrapping a Makerspace

So your community has spoken and it wants a makerspace, eh? Well, how do you get people interested? What legal papers are required? What’s a 501(c)3? How do you make sure you’re not going to get sued if someone hurts themselves? How can your community help you? How do you even start?!

All these questions and more will be answered in this talk about bootstrapping a makerspace. Available at the talk will also be links that The Hatch provided on the national day of civic hacking including legal documents you can edit to suit your own needs, 501(c)3 documents, waivers, and websites full of resources you can use in your town to get started.

Tom Heck

Tom Heck

2:30pm // Making, and Making a Difference

Can the Maker Movement transform education? Yes it can if we combine Making with making a difference. Learn how teams of students in 70+ middle and high schools across the country are working on Maker projects right now that address engineering and technology-based needs in their community.

This is a project from Purdue University that has students solving real design challenges for real people resulting in real impact. This is talk is intended for Makers and Educators alike.