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Metromode did a nice piece on i3Detroit, All Hands Active, and other hacker efforts happening in Detroit and the pending Maker Faire Detroit event. They quote Dale Dougherty about the Faire coming to town:

MAKE magazine’s July 31 – August 1 Maker Faire, the tech-boosted Woodstock for the DIY and hacker set is in Detroit this year, appropriately taking place at The Henry Ford.

“The plan this year was to have it in New York,” Dougherty explains. “We’re still going to do that, but we thought that this was a place where this could really matter. … This is a region with a lot of people who make things, are inventive and creative. There’s a lot going on [in Detroit] — a strong crafting community, emerging hackerspaces like i3Detroit and several other initiatives. We’re trying to connect people together.”

At the core of the movement is the notion that building is best done as a shared venture. Along with a spike in interest in do-it-yourself projects and crafting in the vein of an edgy, punk-rock Martha Stewart, hackerspaces are informed by open-sourcing; or sharing source materials, information, and parts with other members and other hackerspaces.

And speaking of Maker Faire Detroit, we now have a Facebook page devoted to the event. Become a fan!

Hacking Metro Detroit

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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