Open hardware is increasingly important in our world. It enables things like rapid prototyping, desktop manufacturing, robotics for the masses and low cost bioreactors; Arduino boards can now be found everywhere from dolls and wearables to the Large Hadron Collider. A large, skillful, creative community has grown around these technologies. It calls its members "Makers".
Despite the hype about the third industrial revolution, the Maker community struggles to establish sustainable spaces in which to hack away at their favorite projects. I work for Arduino, and have been personally involved in several projects with this purpose (FabLab Torino, Vectorealism and WeMake in Milano...) and visited others (Metalab Vienna...) and talked to their promoters. Even now I am in the process of founding a company to run a makerspace in Milano. It is always tough. Most spaces that have achieved stability so far have done so through the involvement of large organizations, like universities or governments.
I would like to lead a workshop on this. The goal would be to try and sketch the business plan of a makerspace in a city like Matera. What are the conditions for it to be viable? I have been told a member of the Egderyders community, James, has run a successful space in SHeffield, UK, for many years, and would welcome the opportunity to co-lead the workshop with him.
I need a room and 2 hours of time. I can only make Friday, but not Thursday.