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Ian Cole

Ian Cole

Ian is a founder of The Maker Effect Foundation, a non-profit group organized to study and amplify the effects of makers within their communities. Ian is very active in the Orlando maker community as a member of FamiLAB, Orlando's Hackerspace, and as a founding organizer of Maker Faire Orlando. Ian blogs about his family's maker adventures at

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My idea of an ideal vacation includes time with my family – exploring and learning about some new part of the world, with a little time to play with new Maker toys. Last year, I took our Fireball HD pinball electronics to the beach along with a bunch of new connectors.... Read more »


By giving software developers the challenge (and help) to build a bot, boat, or rocket in a day, JSConf is turning web developers into hardware makers. Read more »

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Does what you make in Las Vegas stay in Las Vegas? Read more »

Turtlebot, the winner of the Makerland hackathon, is a Spark-powered LOGO processing, drawing robot built by combining a SumoBot Jr. kit with LEGO.

What happens when 300 makers square off in a hackathon? Read more »


Makers showed off some great projects at Poland's Makerland conference. Read more »


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