Makers of all kinds will descend on the Springs beginning today for the second annual Rocky Mountain Makerspace Summit. The event is presented by the Denver-based nonprofit, The Colorado Maker Hub, an organization “committed to empowering the Maker Movement by connecting, showcasing, and educating Colorado makers.”
Leaders of makerspaces, cities and economic development organizations from across the U.S. are expected to attend to network, collaborate on new pilot programs, share best practices and analyze past-year programs, according to a Maker Hub news release, which added, “The Makerspace Summit is the only leadership event in the region that focuses entirely on engaging and empowering the maker movement, which adds more than $29 [billion] to the U.S. economy.”
Last year’s inaugural event resulted in several initiatives including a makerspace passport program, a community network forum, the start of makerspace-driven workforce training and outreach programs, and joint fundraising efforts, according to the release.
This year, the schedule is as follows:
● Maker Cities Keynote and Workshops discussing how to create thriving Maker Cities in the Rocky Mountain region. Regional makerspace leaders will present cases of companies launched and maker economic impact.
● Art Walk happy hour networking event with maker and artists hosted by the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership.
Saturday & Sunday
● Global Makerspace Community Days hosted by Library 21c and the Pikes Peak Makerspace with workshops and speakers discussing radio frequency identification tracking, makerspace Internet of Things, a passport program between spaces, membership practices and more. Sparkfun Electronics will be hosting a hands-on electronics workshop.
● Manitou Art Center barbecue dinner and networking event.
“Makerspaces are community-based resources for entrepreneurship, workforce training and creative expression,” said Elise VanDyne, executive director of the Colorado Maker Hub, in the release. “The Summit brings together leaders from makerspaces, economic development and educational institutions to learn from each other and grow the impact of the maker movement.”
For more information, visit comakerhub.org.
The Colorado Maker Hub produces three signature events a year: Sparks & Spirits, Rocky Mountain Makerspace Summit and Maker Faire Denver. In addition, the Maker Hub provides youth maker programs, professional development for educators in making and has invented the IdeaLabGo! mobile maker station to bring innovation to education. coloradomakerhub.org