Loveland CreatorSpace: the newest Hackerspace in Northern Colorado

Imagine a place where mechanics, artists, and programmers go to work and play.  Here you’ll see people soldering, others discussing home-brewing minutia, and some building robots.  When you asking someone what they are making, they are excited to share and don’t respond with a please-don’t-bother-me-I-just-want-to-get-my-work-done-and-go-home attitude.  These magical places are sometimes called by different names: hackerspace, makerspace, creatorspace, etc… but they are the guild halls of the Maker movement.  If you like to make anything, you should check out your local hackerspace.  If you live in Northern Colorado, you need to check out Loveland CreatorSpace.

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Loveland CreatorSpace (LCS) is in the early stages.  Yesterday, they voted officers and discussed various structures for non-profits.  While discussing organizational politics may not seem like a fun way to spend a Sunday, LCS went about the task in true Maker-style.  This group of people were learning and sharing how to start a non-profit organization and afterwards they went out for beer.

Yesterday was my first meeting and its exciting to be involved at the early stages.  Tomorrow, we are touring The Warehouse, a green hacker space in Loveland, where they may be an opportunity to use / share some space.  I’m not sure where LCS will end up, but it’s inspiring to be around people who have a passion for creating and sharing their talents.

If you are in the area, join the Meetup and help make Loveland CreatorSpace your place to hang out, learn, and teach.

 

Norther Colorado Mini Maker Faire

Yesterday, I attended the first Northern Colorado Mini Maker Faire.  For those that have not heard of Maker Faires, watch the following YouTube video or accept this explanation:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on: Earth a family friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

The Maker Movement has been rapidly gaining momentum and it is very exciting to see it in my new home of Northern Colorado.  What I like about the Maker Movement and Maker Faires is that it is the ultimate celebration of DIY.  This group is a socially and technologically diverse group who are excited by and for anybody who makes things.  It includes people who sew with old-tyme spindles to people who build robots with open-hardware Linux computers.  If you have a creative spark, or want to get one, you should visit a Maker Faire.

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