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June 23, 2012
In doing some quick web searches, I stumbled across a small directory of makerspaces. This seemed like a good place to research, and the list includes a location in Buffalo, dubbed Buffalo Lab. I know we've mentioned taking a field trip to a working makerspace, so why not investigate a place that's only an hour away? I've sent them an email and maybe we can pick their brains on starting a makerspace in NYS.
One interesting thing BL does is run a group on meetup.com. I've done a few meetup groups in the past and it's an idea that might bring more people in, especially once we're up and running. The site charges (not sure how much) to start a group, but then people can join up and we can schedule classes and meetings via the site.
They have a tiered membership plan. It's $50 for a full membership, but by contributing volunteer time, a person can pay a reduced fee.
Hopefully I'll get some additional info from them soon.
February 7, 2012
I'd love to visit them if you can arrange it.
I thought about starting a Meet-up group but didn't because the cost is $12 to $19 per month, depending how far you pay in advance. I also knew that Interlock had one and discontinued it because they thought it wasn't worth the cost.
But, we got some great publicity by posting our first organizational meeting on the "Random Adventures in Upstate NY" Meetup group. Colleen Charvella, the group's organizer, is a marketing and advertising whiz who has become a big supporter of our group. She was kind enough to meet with me for a couple of hours and give us all kinds of great advice.
So now I think we should create a meet-up group. But time is an issue and I've got bigger priorities at the moment. I'm also still wondering if it should just be for our maker space or if it should be a meetup group for ALL makers and artists in the Rochester area, including those who have no interest in joining us.
The latter would not benefit us directly, but one of my reasons for starting a maker space was to make it easier to for "makers" to find each other, meet and interact. So the meetup group would be kind of a directory and our meetups would be sort of an adult "show & tell."
What do you think?
February 7, 2012
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