addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1linklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

Loveland Creatorspace planning meeting

Join or login to comment.

  • Scott C.

    Excellent turnout and pretty darned impressive progress made for a first meeting. About 20 people. I'd say Loveland has the makings of a very interesting creatorspace shaping up nicely.

    3 · October 13, 2013

  • jleben

    Also, let's plan to be done by 3p.
    I know everyone is busy, so let's keep it moving so all can participate without taking too much of everyone's time.

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think we should also discuss what types of equipment each person envisions in the makerspace, i.e. electronics, 3D printer, laser cutter, woodworking, computers, etc. For governance we should ask is it governed by the Founders, or the Board (and how is the board determined), or levels of membership, or member democracy. We should also ask how equipment is aquired- i.e. loaned, purchased by makerspace, donated? Some of these choices will drive minimum space requirements. However, what members can afford might cause iteration on choices.

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • jleben

    Agenda for tomorrow- Governance, funds, location.
    As far as governance goes- There appear to by two different structures favored by different members, with different requirements and needs.
    I intend for both to have a forum at this meetup, especially since communication and sharing of efforts early toward both will help us get SOMETHING going ASAP, which should then improve awareness and visibility for the other structure.
    Thoughts?

    October 12, 2013

  • Maurice Woods I.

    Hello friends! I wanted to (re-)make everyone aware of what Daniel Packard and I plan to bring to the Maker Faire this weekend on behalf of the Loveland Makerspace (seeing as this is a critically important time to get our name out to the _exact_community we want to reach).
    Over the past month, Dan and I have developed a name, logo, and web-presence for the Makerspace. We have dubbed it "Loveland CreatorSpace" and we have a website for it here:
    www.lovelandcreatorspace.com
    My primary reason for posting this is to stress that Dan and I have no intention of "hijacking" this project and the executive decisions to be made - this is, and MUST be, a team project. However, we were both very excited to get going after the first meeting and wanted to put our skills and what we had to bring to the group to work as soon as possible.
    All that being said, we really hope you like it and, more importantly, give feedback. And hopefully we will see you at the Maker Faire! (we have business cards!)

    October 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Scott - hope you can make the next meeting too! I'd really like to hear how TinkerMill is doing, and get your perspective on this venture

      October 7, 2013

    • jleben

      Maurice, thanks for coming up with the name and logo! Scott has pointed out that O'Reilly can be possessive about "Maker", so not using it is a good idea. Definitely not hi-jacking, Loveland Makerspace is strictly a placeholder name with good search engine visibility. We'll chat further about what to do with the domain and website.

      October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great info Scott! It's helpful hearing what works for Tinker Mill.

    October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Scott,
    What is the governance structure of Tinker Mill? How many are on the Board and who gets to vote? I see founders contributed $300. Do you mind me asking how many founders and regular members you currently have? In looking at the Tinker Mill equipment list https://www.tinkermill.org/tools/ what does off-site loan mean? (Do members go to where equipment is located?) Is anything given in return for loaned/donated equipment such as membership discounts? Does Tinker Mill pay rent for it's Twin Peaks space? Thanks for all the info to help us learn from your experience.

    October 8, 2013

    • Scott C.

      Hi Liz,

      Our governence structure is a colorado non profit. Here are our bylaws:

      https://docs.google.co...­

      Five people on the board (President, Vice President, Secretary- along with two non titled directors, and two 'appointed' positions- treasurer and sergent at arms. See bylaws for roles and responsibilities.

      We have 26 Founders who've committed $300 each. They signed this document: https://www.tinkermill...­

      Most have paid.
      We have 32 regular members now. We add about 1 every week or two. We have over 100 in our meetup group. Our weekly meetings on Tues nights (member meeting and open house) draw about 30+ people weekly. I don't know what off site loan means. :) Our web master put that in at the request, I believe, of one of our members who moved away. We don't really have any offsite anything that I'm aware of (but, you never know. :)

      October 8, 2013

    • Scott C.

      Currently we don't do anything for loans or donations, although we have had some in-kind stuff go on (such as an employee of SparkFun, one of our members, giving us $200 worth of Sparkfun gear vs. $50). It's a case by case thing. We pay $500 mo for the Twin Peaks space (3000+ SF). It's as a 'pop up' store, basically, since they'll be tearing down this mall early next year, so we got rent = to utilities.

      Happy to answer any quetsions.

      BTW: I've been talking to Solid State Depot about doing a 'shared membership' thing where if you join one hackerspace in Colorado, you get access to others. Not sure how this would work yet, but, I think you, us, SSD, Denhac and The Concoctory (creating a new S. Denver Hackerspace right now) should create a Colorado Hackerspace Council or something like that. Just a thought.

      October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steven - We did briefly touch on governance at our first meeting but didn't reach anything close to a consensus as it is also driven by what members want from a makerspace. I think we will need to narrow down what people want to figure out the governance. It's definitely on the agenda for the next meeting.

    Daniel - the most common model I've seen is it isn't volunteers that teach the classes. It's makers who keep 50% of the class revenue and the makerspace keeps the other 50% against cost of space. Materials are extra.

    October 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Liz - thanks for adding a practical perspective to the discussion! It's going to be very important as we move forward :D

      October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Action Works will have a booth and we were going to put out the makerspace info we used at other events but I'd be more than happy to use whatever you create. We will be too busy with 3rd-12th grade robotics so we'd be happy to have people man the booth with makerspace info. We will be next to Donek Tools who might be running our ShopBot for us. Email me with a t-shirt size and time availability if you are interested in manning the booth with makerspace info: [masked].

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since the Maker Fair on the 5th is such a great opportunity to get the word out about the meetup/makerspace (projected attendance is ~[masked]), Maurice and I have been working on some basic print media and branding to help advertise the cause - if you're interested in pitching in just send us an email (pack3754 and mowoodsiii @ gmail) - The first step in building community support is to get the word out!

    2 · September 20, 2013

  • jleben

    Hi all, due to the flooding concerns, let's reschedule. How does 10/13 work?

    September 14, 2013

    • Keith M.

      You might want to go the 5th instead Daniel.

      September 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Haha, thanks Keith! I'd be celebrating the maker fair by myself if I waited until the 6th

      September 14, 2013

  • Scott C.

    I'm not sure I'll be able to make it due to the washed out roads, but I'll try. Have you considered rescheduling due to all the flooding?

    September 14, 2013

    • jleben

      Agreed Scott

      September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think rescheduling is a good idea. However my next opening is 10/13. I will reschedule space if you're OK with waiting until then.

    September 14, 2013

    • jleben

      Liz, that would be appreciated!

      September 14, 2013

  • jleben

    Meeting to be held in the Loveland Public Library's Gerald Scott room.
    Thanks for booking it Liz!

    September 4, 2013

  • George E.

    I spent two second on Google and this popped up:

    http://makerspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/makerspaceplaybook-201204.pdf

    Not sure if you have seen this before, but it does cover a lot of ground.

    August 30, 2013

  • George E.

    I think that any attempt to establish a dedicated "makerspace" facility is going to require some significant cash and labor. At this point, I am thinking that there are not enough people involved to make that happen. The first step may be one directed more at recruiting to grow the group large enough to take on the things you layout in your plan below. I only found out about this effort when I got an e-mail just before your first meeting from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society e-mail list. Just a thought ...

    August 30, 2013

  • jleben

    What should be on the agenda for today?

    August 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think we should concentrate on a plan (not necessarily a formal business plan at this point) but one that covers the major economic questions. e.g. - Where will revenue come from? (classes, membership fees, crowd funding, city funding, rental office space/lockers, t-shirts and other swag? How much will each of these sources generate?)
      - What are the major costs going to be? (equipment, rent, staff, advertising? we'll need at least ball park estimates)
      - How can we minimize the cost-revenue gap in the beginning? (do we really need the big expensive machines right away? They seem to be the most cost, with the least amount of revenue generated, but are also a key part of a maker space. Maybe we can start as a shared workspace poviding classes, rental offices, etc - and slowly grow to have manufacturing tools, possibly even at a separate location... maybe even share with the green maker space in campion? They already have some stuff, like a vacuum form machine)

      August 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And then in addition to those major questions -
      - Name?
      - Potential rental spaces?
      - volunteer to teach classes? Come up with a class list?
      - etc?

      /d

      August 30, 2013

16 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy