Executive Summary Brainstorm Notes
On April 17, 2013, 35 Central Oregon makers came together to work on a vision for a makerspace. After separating into 5 teams, they were asked to answer the following questions: The Grab - Why is this a Big Idea?
The Problem - What pain(s) is this addressing?
The Solution - What are we building?
The Opportunity - What is the market?
The Competition - What else is there (and why are we better)?
The Model - Where's the $$$ come from?
The Team - Why are we the best team for this?
The Promise - What is the payoff (and to whom)?
The Ask - What do we need (and offer in return)?
Here's what they came back with ...
Team #1: Presented by Scott Brees
Access to local resources
Access to local resources
Anyone who wants to see an idea come to life.
We ARE The Community
A common plan to follow
Resources ($$$ & people)
Team #2: Presented by Lance Kasarai
Sharing resources, knowledge and equipment between like minded folks to further the spirit of open source.
Individuals can't afford an R&D department. They lack access to equipment and experience.
We want a collaborative space for people to share ideas, tools and skills. Collaborative is the key word here. There are tons of people (inventors, artists, crafters, Entrepreneurs, engineers, students ,thinkers, etc) who want to work with others to solve problems and be share in each other's creativity.
We feel we are the right people to do this because we have passion, experience (in our on areas), resources, and energy to share. Nothing like this can happen without caring people like us working together to make it happen.
The thing we want to create with all this is a community of mutual education where cross pollination is used to inspire creation. Cross pollination is key to our concept. People of diverse mindsets, backgrounds and goals sharing ideas and making things happen, as opposed to a typical group of people with the same skill set.
Team #3: Presented by Bryan Dervarics
The Bend MakerSpace will be a creative collective and a resource pool for the community.
Our target market lacks the knowledge they would like to have or need to be able to produce a physical object, so this space will increase the hands-on talent pool in Central Oregon.
We need to create a collaborative, creative space where community members can come to learn and achieve.
People can come to this collaborative space to get the education they need to accomplish their goals, whether for pure education, or to create a small business.
We will primarily compete with home shops/garages, but places like COCC could also be a competitor. Many people who already 'make' in Bend, have a place for their tools. Getting those people interested in the space could prove to be a driving factor of its success. They could be mentors and continue their own passion for 'making'.
Private investment will need to be the primary source of funds to successfully create this space. Equipment donations and volunteers will only take this idea so far. For it to be successful, it will need private investment to get off the ground, until memberships are solely able to sustain the costs.
Everyone who has shown up to the MakerSpace meetings are the perfect group of people to get this idea off the ground. It is quite obvious that we had a room full of very passionate and skilled individuals who will all do their best to participate however they can to make the space a success.
This space will give back to the community in several different ways, but will mainly provide education and allow for the creation of new small businesses that may never of had the chance to exist without it.
In return for funding the space we'll be able to provide mentor-ship and free/discounted memberships. Community outreach will be necessary as to get early investment and to give early members a chance at a great discount.
I [Bryan] didn't get to fully explain one major detail about the main discussion our group felt was very important because I was pressed for time. As a small business owner myself, I have had trouble, and will continue to have trouble locating qualified employees in Central Oregon for the industry I am in. We all felt as though a huge benefit of this space is that it will not only help to educate people in the community, but to motivate them to get a higher learning education beyond what is currently available in this area. More people will be motivated to leave the area to get an education, and then to return to become part of a growing talent pool. Central Oregon is already in need of such a talent pool and it will very quickly get worse as the population grows and new/existing businesses choose to make Central Oregon their home. We should be trying to have as well-rounded of a community as we possibly can, but currently service-based and high-tech (programmers) employees are the majority and those numbers continue to grow. If we can diversify the community to the best of our abilities, recessions and depressions will have less and less of an affect on our economy here.
Team #4: Presented by Joseph Anthony
Development tools are difficult and expensive for individuals to acquire
People need space to work and collaborate with others
The old model of a research laboratory is dying and outdated
A community of subject matter experts
Creative types: Tinkerers, Developers, Entrepreneurs, Craftsmen
Open to Businesses
- Allow a company to save time and money by allowing current employees access to the DIY community as opposed to outsourcing to experts across the country
- Economically Develop Central Oregon
- Intellectual Property
The Internet (Allowing small companies from everywhere to compete in Central Oregon)
The Business Model
Connections to Industry
- In skill-sets and backgrounds
- In demographics (women and minorities welcome)
- 3D printers, Laser Cutters, CNC, Lathe, Drill Press
Assemble a deep team of mentors and experts
A space for collaborating ideas
Team #5: Presented by Timothy Gorbold
One Sentence Summary
We're promoting a community collaborative that encourages creativity and innovation by providing affordable access to space, tools, knowledge and like-minded peers in the community.
A maker space fosters the waning American entrepreneurial spirit by enabling our basic human need to invent and make things that have never been made before. It's a place to learn and teach and make.
A lack of affordable access in our community to high end tools, software and education, both physical and intellectual has stifled uncountable creative endeavors for lack of tools and knowledge.
Give people the opportunity to finally learn how to make what they've been imagining with a shared cost, “Everyone Is Welcome” kind of co-creative environment that provides hands-on experience with high-end tools and knowledge sharing mentors.
The market includes everyone who is curious and interested about learning new skills, collaborating and making things.
By definition, a maker space is NON-competitive and community supported. A similar business model has not yet registered with the chamber of commerce here in Central Oregon. The closest “competing” spaces are located in Eugene, Medford and Portland. Further than the average Maker will want to travel on a whim.
Funding comes from the community including, but not limited to; Grants, Business Donations, Memberships, KickStarter, Class Revenue, Sale of Product, City/County Funding, EDCO funding, Corporate Sponsorship, School programs, Rotary Club, Individual Philanthropy.
We ARE Makers and as such, we understand the inherent value of a place where engineering and artistry come together in a way that allows and encourages a liberating new kind of creative vision.
The payoff is a collective increase in the local knowledge and skill base coupled with a sense of community and accomplishment. A maker space enables people at all levels.
An initial investment of roughly $200,000 for space and tooling will be required to launch. A residual monthly operating cost of roughly $3000 - $4000 will follow. We need an adaptive business plan, community leader endorsement - from our Mayor for instance, money, equipment, teachers/mentors, internet access, building infrastructure, a community awareness campaign, media publicity, a steering committee. In exchange, we offer skill building and inventive opportunities for the community at large.