Since we've been getting so many requests for where to find local hardware resources (materials/parts suppliers, manufacturers, freelancers, etc.) - we're finally going to do something about it!
This coming Monday (July 30th) at O'Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (http://goo.gl/maps/HDuJK) we're going to build the initial "MakerMap" - which will be an online / interactive map of the hardware resources in the Bay Area.
If you're interested helping out - here's what we're looking for:
Attend as a Web Developer / Designer - You'll be a on a small team working with either the Google Maps or MapBox API to make the basic map app. Attend as a Resource Expert - Have you been building stuff in the Bay Area for a long time, and would like to share your knowledge of local resources? We need you to come out to help us populate this thing! We're looking for diverse experts: industrial design, fabric/soft goods, electronics, arts, etc. are all welcome. Contribute as a Resource Expert - Can't make the date? You can still help us by sharing your list of reliable local Bay Area resources! If you want to come as any of these categories, please let me know right away so we can add you to the list. This is initially a closed event so that we get people with the most knowledge in the space first - it's hard to manage 100 people at a hack-a-thon.
Let me know what you think guys!