Last Year, I was personally invited with other makers from around the country by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to participate in and help facilitate starting the Nation of Makers Organization. The last year has been amazing, and I am continued to be impressed by those in the Maker Community.
I just received my latest email update from Nation of Makers, and, after stepping back, what the Movers and Shakers (or should I coin the phrase “Makers and Shakers”), in the Maker Movement Can Accomplish. Even the White House was amazed on how effective the maker community has been in bringing about this project. Below is an excerpt from the Newsletter and I just needed to celebrate it with everyone else:
The current 3D Printing fundraiser to CT Hackerspace has been met with lackluster response. It is being revamped to now do a revenue sharingto attract more interest, as well as an opportunity for your OWN printer to become a revenue source.
This will be less money that CT hackerspace will be able to make, but it will hopefully expedite the project ahead forward. See Bill or Dimitri for details.
Our group is looking to liven up the action along with the ability to publicly show contributors, show progress, and give the group indicators on what the organization needs to invest in if members alone cannot assist.
I am happy to announce our efforts in creating the Nation of Makers.
President , Co-founder : CT Hackerspace
Transition team : Nation of Makers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nation of Makers NoMTransitionGroup@gmail.com
More than 300 organizations come together to launch Nation of Makers New non-profit organization will ensure that more Americans have access to the spaces, communities, and tools that enable them to make things, not just consume things.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy held a meeting for hackerspace and makerspace organizers on Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C., helping them understand federal government support and also developing collaborative networks of spaces across the U.S.
Over 150 space organizers attended. Bill Saturno, co-founder and president of CT Hackerspace, along with colleagues of some neighboring Connecticut makerspaces, were among those invited to discuss these emerging centers of innovation.
The Hackerspace / Makerspace concept has gained support from numerous government agencies for its connection to workforce development, innovation, manufacturing, and contributions to tomorrow’s game changers and the next disruptive technology.