Dear Colorado Maker Community Members,
Happy New Year!
With 2018 upon us, there are new resolutions, goals, and for our Hub…some leadership and direction changes.
Our Founder (AKA the Maker Faire-y) Elise VanDyne, will be leaving Colorado to pursue a new career opportunity. We will truly miss Elise’s leadership and initiative to pull the Colorado maker community together through events such as Sparks & Spirits, Maker Faires and Makerspace Summits!
With Elise’s departure, the team has been discussing how to support the Maker Community moving forward. Currently, we see interests divided into two groups:
Our Vision for the Colorado Maker Hub
We love living in Colorado because Colorado has so many cool, creative makers who are passionate about what they do! And there are vibrant maker groups, events and businesses in every part of our state.
As a hub, we see a wonderful opportunity to connect makers and maker organizations. We also see a need to help the maker community market to the general public ‘what making is’, ‘the benefits of making’ and ‘who & where is making’ in Colorado.
When it’s easy to connect, when we are aware of the people, organizations, and resources available, magic happens! Collaboration happens. Synergy happens. We all thrive together.
This is our big vision for the Colorado maker community and the role of the Maker Hub.
Many Opportunities to Get Involved in the Hub
We want to invite you to be a part of this exciting change and help jump start our Colorado Maker Hub.
The Colorado Maker Hub is a non-profit and we are looking for community members to fill positions on our Board of Directors. Positions will be for a two-year term and our first Board with feedback from members will be setting the bylaws that govern our non-profit and member community.
Our wishlist for our board would be a broad and diverse representation of our maker community including: government entities, educational institutions, makers, space owners, group organizers, event organizers, program organizers and businesses.
If you are interested in serving on the board or want to recommend someone, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have received some seed funding from Techno Chaos and will leverage it to file as a separate entity from Making Progress Colorado and file as a 501c3 non-profit. Remaining funds will be used to implement an infrastructure that will enable connections and collaborations in the Colorado maker community, while reducing our costs in communicating to the community.
We will communicate our progress soon regarding Board Member nominations and specific initiatives for the year.
We Welcome Your Input
For now we invite the community to provide feedback on our new direction for the Colorado Maker Hub, nominate individuals to our Board and share with us what your initiatives are for 2018. Please feel free to contact us using email@example.com.
Wishing you a very inspiring and connected 2018!
Colorado Maker Hub