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powered by Movers & MakersWe’ve seen many novel uses of the Ford Transit Connect over the past couple of years. Makers have modified this vehicle to suit their needs, be it a mobile photography studio, for remote excursions to a drone launchpad, or even as a delivery vehicle with sliding shelves for micro greens.

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Then, last year we solicited submissions from 10 makers or groups of makers to design their Ultimate Maker Vehicle. The entries were equally diverse, ranging from a giant mobile analog arcade game to a robot-repair ambulance. There were variations of the vehicular makerspace concept, including one for disaster recovery and even one that seemed to suggest camping on Mars wasn’t too far-fetched.

Back on earth, resident terrestrials voted for their favorite entry, eventually awarding the top prize of $10,000 to Twin Cities Maker for their Hackmobile design.

Now Casey from CGS Motorsports gives us a tour of the Hackmobile and describes how the project went from concept to reality:

Very cool.

Be sure to look for the Hackmobile on the road near you. It was recently spotted at the Minne-Faire in Minneapolis (thanks John Baichtal for the tip!) and will also be making a pit stop at the 5th annual World Maker Faire New York on September 20 and 21 (purchase early bird tickets before August 1!).

Photo by Alan Wilfahrt

Tweet your sightings — be sure to include the word hackmobile — and I’ll be watching. Or leave a comment below with your thoughts on how you would improve or modify the design for your own Ultimate Maker Vehicle.

Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


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