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February 7, 2012
One of my top priorities has been to learn as much as possible about other maker spaces so we don't reinvent the wheel or make unnecessary mistakes. It something that I think we all need to do.
There always seems to be something more important to do but this morning I found time to write down some notes about Sector 67 which is located in Madison WI (a really nice small city that I'd like to visit more often).
Sector 67, Madison WI
Opened October 2010 in 4100 sq ft,
Started by Chris Meyer (~age 24 at the time). He pitched the idea to a business venture competition where he placed 3rd. He then used the prize money to start the space.
They’re organized as a non-profit.
Shortly after opening they secured a $5000 grant from the Madison Power & Electric Foundation (the local public power utility) which they used to buy tables, chairs and desks for their computer lab.
They’ve also received a considerable amount of additional support from local businesses and their community.
This summer they’re offering “Makership Scholarships” for those under 18. Winners get a free membership, $100 for materials and a mentor to help them make whatever they’re interested in. At least some of the scholarships are sponsored by local businesses.
Here is a (large) list of the classes they’ve offered. You don’t have to be a member to take classes.
They have a discussion forum (powered by phpBB)
Their web site doesn’t seem to list how much it costs to be a member.
Those under 18 can join if their parents sign a waiver.
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