As part of the Maker initiative, President Obama challenged us to come up with new ways to support makers. We thought, besides the community and funding that they can find on Kickstarter, what else do makers need? Makers need places to make things!
As part of the company’s broader Civic initiative, the launch of a new category for Makerspaces—places where people can come together to make new things—is a rallying cry from the crowdfunding site for builders, hackers and developers.
“Making, I discovered early on, was about the art of finding other people – seeking out teachers, creating and joining like-minded groups, collaborating with strangers – and co-creating together.” David Lang, author of Zero to Maker
But beyond that some of the most successful of the crowdfunded projects have come directly out of makerspaces, like the 3Doodler which originated with the crowd at Artisan’s Asylum. The pen—which allows you to draw freestanding three-dimensional structures—raised $2.3 million from 26,457 backers, and made money faster than I could type. It’s now available in the MoMA Design Store.
So if you’re looking to build a makerspace for your local community there’s now a good place to do it, and to build a community around your space, before you even have the space itself.
President Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire to recognize the contributions of makers who bring creativity and technical ability to a broad range of projects. If you are a maker or a friend of makers, please become an advocate for expanding opportunities for making and makers in your community.
To show your support for growing the maker community, we encourage you to sign the “Building Maker Communities” pledge and put yourself on the map!