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Comment by Harold Krueger IV on March 27, 2013 at 12:18pm

Hi, fellow makers!

I made this group so we could talk about local makerspaces. Share your experiences or give advice about starting and running a local makerspace. Full disclosure, I am opening a makerspace and hope to hear about good ideas from other makerspaces. I hope to inspire others to start makerspaces in their community as well.

Comment by terrefirma on June 26, 2013 at 7:20am

Hey there- I'd love to talk about this. How is your project going? Do you have help? Support? Encouragement?  Where are you? I am in Tampa and have been struggling to find footing to develop a makerspace, ever since I realized that what I was fantasizing already existed! I wrote letters to Instructibles when I first discovered them , suggesting community spaces, then other cities started having classes covering reskilling in various  areas, or acquiring new skills , etc, but Tampa is a different animal- its hard to be innovative here. But I'm still trying! I have a 3bedroom house with a garage and big yard 50 yards from a major thoroughfare, close to downtown and everything that I want to contribute to a group that will help develop it, but even when you're giving people something they want to try for more....more control, more money, etc. 

I have thought that TIME BANKS are a good way to keep track of hours spent - what do you think? You can utilyze the software for lots of things- inventory, sweat equity, intangibles.

Comment by Harold Krueger IV on June 26, 2013 at 9:01am

Hey, it's great that you are interested and want to get something like this going in your town! So, the first question to ask yourself is not how but why? Why do YOU want to START a makerspace? Are there not any existing makerspaces in your town? Are there makerspaces in your town but none of them have what you are looking for? What exactly are you trying to create? It can get overwhelming real quick but just keep a level head, don't expect any part of the process to be quick, and have a plan B for everything.

In my case, I live in Katy, TX, a small but growing town west of Houston. There is only one makerspace in all of Houston called TX/RX Labs located on the east side of downtown - a 30+ mile drive for us Katy folk. So, I decided to open a makerspace in Katy to cater to the west side market. After years of planning and preparation, we have absolutely everything we need to get started and we were all ready to move in until last week when the building was bought out by some other company who offered more money so now we are suddenly without a home. It's ok though, that's the kind of setbacks you will encounter which is why I say have a plan B for everything! That's also why we have not publicized the space too much yet and I have not given to many details here yet about it - I want to actually be in a place with a signed lease before I announce anything. I don't know if we will find another place next week or if it will now be another couple months but when we do, I'll post all the details here.

So for you, in Tampa, I just put "makerspace Tampa" into Google and got several hits. I immediately found Inspiration Labs (makerspacetampabay.org). Have you checked them out yet?

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