Meet up lasted from 6 till a little bit past closing time for Adelle’s (8pm). Here’s a summary based off some notes that were taken.
First, there was a reminder about the Vivarium Lecture/Frog and Pony Show. It’s happening this Sunday at Wentworth Greenhouses from 1pm-2pm. What it is is a how-to guide for making habitats for South American dart frogs. The presenter John Pittman will be show you one of the vivariums he’s made and will give you tips on how to make your own, giving tips on lighting, construction, flora, etc.
For future regular meet ups it was recommended we have a someone do a 10-15 min. presentation or lecture about a project, news, or some subject of interest.
Efforts to set up a workshop space here are on hold so we can help the Port City Makerspace guys set up. After that, if we decide we want to set up a space here in Dover, maybe just make a small space without heavy machines. Enough equipment and space for light construction and crafts. We could set up a partnership program with Port City Markerspace, let one membership grant access to their space and ours.
A suggestion was made to establish the space as a non-profit organization, then make a separate LLC to build stuff for people (tools for artists, businesses, etc.). Making the space and business two entities separates the liability and protects the space from being affected if the business doesn’t go well.
Cool ideas mentioned:
Establishing a space in the old Foster’s building at the corner of Central and Washington.
Regularly do group projects. Get a list of specific projects, then poll people on what they want to do that week. Some suggestions are:
Have people bring in stuff for their junk drawers and build robots that meets certain goals (ex. piggy bank that does stuff) as a competitive thing,
Build an arcade cabinet (and then find somewhere to put it)
Something that combines people’s talents. Hardware and software people could make robots, crafters and hardware people could make costumes, stuff like that.
We once again concluded that we need new place to meet that has space to make stuff. Maybe Elite Hobbies, a friend’s garage, an empty space in one of the mill buildings, Kaleo Coffee (rented space), Tuttle’s Red Barn. Jetpack Comics is a good location with big space, but a common desire is some place here in Dover. We’ll probably try Elite Hobbies first.
For the site, it’d be great if people could contribute projects coupled with photos to demonstrate how cool the things we’re doing are. I bet I could produce some project-related posts if I took more pictures and documented, but there need to be others contributing. If you’re interested in becoming an author on this site let me know and I can make you an account in a minute. All you need to do is post things of interest, be it a project of yours you’re working on or have finished, a topic you read about and want to share, or interesting maker-related news.
I’ll be fiddling with the site over the course of next week trying to get content between the forums and site and Facebook better connected, among other things.
If you were at the meet up and notice I forgot something that you think should be in this post leave a comment and I’ll add it.