First – Ever Makerspace Conference!
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday July 17th we will have our first Gathering of the Tribes! Over 50 representatives from Makerspaces all over Colorado and Beyond (Tennessee! West Virginia!) are coming together at the Longmont Museum to share best practices, have fun, and learn about creating and growing makerspaces. If you want to pop by for a session, a tour, or just to have a beer with us at the end of the day, our community is welcome!
JULY 16-17 2016 / Longmont Museum
ROCKY MOUNTAIN MAKERSPACES first-ever CONFERENCE AGENDA!
9:00–9:45 Meet and Greet
Get to know other participants, share issues and ideas for un-conference sessions later in the day.
9:45-10:00 Introduction: MC’d by Loveland Creator Space President Ed VanDyne
10:00- 11:00 Keynote Speaker, Phil McKinney
Innovation and makerspaces
Phil McKinney, “The Innovation Guru” and “Gadget Guy,” is an innovation consultant and CEO of CableLabs.Phil McKinney is President and CEO of CableLabs. In this capacity he heads the research and development organization responsible for charting the cable industry’s technology and innovation roadmap.
Prior to joining CableLabs, he was the vice president and chief technology officer of the $40 billion (FY12) Personal Systems Group at HP. He was responsible for long-range strategic planning, research and development (R&D) and product roadmaps for the company’s PC product lines, including mobile devices, notebooks, desktops and workstations. In addition, McKinney was founder and leader of HP’s Innovation Program Office (IPO). The IPO was chartered to identify, incubate and launch adjacent and fundamentally new technologies, products and services that would become the future growth engines for HP.
Recently (February 2012), Phil released his first book on innovation and personal creativity titled Beyond The Obvious, published by Hyperion.
Sessions split – now there will be sessions in the main room and in the breakout room
Main Room: Passport Program
Want your own makerspace membership to provide access to other Rocky Mountain makerspaces? Similar travel passport programs give members of participating venues free general admission to makerspaces outside their local area.
Join Ryan Finnigan of the Powerhouse Science Center for a brief presentation and brainstorming discussion about creating a “Rocky Mountain Makerspace Passport Program.”
11:15-12:45 Breakout Room: Share Fair Nation for Educators
Share Fair Nation is our primary sponsor and providing this hands-on workshop for educators with maker tools. Youth maker leaders will be able to bring back hands-on activities to their spaces from this workshop by Mary Lisa Harper. Mary Lisa is a Professional Development Strategist at Share Fair Nation, a nonprofit organization which is all about supporting teacher growth and learning. Mary Lisa Harper has worked with kids her whole life. As an artist and musician, moving into the field of education was easy. Her emphasis area has been primary, ages 4 through 8; however, she has been supporting the Maker Movement for folks of ALL ages. She is empowered by the notion of reimagining what students of today need by creating individualized pathways to transformation. She believes that with an open mindset and an open heart, teachers can adopt new pedagogies which nurture students to be more present, engaged and self aware of their own learning journey. Mary Lisa is a ProfessionalDevelopment Strategist at Share Fair Nation, a nonprofit organization which is all about supporting teacher growth and learning. Leveraging the best technology and instructional support for teachers, this organization is a bright shining star in the sea of what CAN BE for our students.
2:00 – 3:00 Main Room: Making at the Library – Educators
School and Public Libraries throughout Colorado are taking innovative approaches to bringing the maker movement to the 0-18 set. Learn about various programming happening around the state and come away with new ideas for projects, perspectives, and potential partners.Bring your questions, your big ideas, and your successful projects that have engaged children and teens, as participation will be encouraged.
Ashley Kazyaka, Colorado State Library Ashley Kazyaka is the Colorado State Library’s resident graphic designer and expert on library makerspaces and all things geeky, and helps coordinate the myriad of projects happening in Library Development. She volunteers at the Denver Public Library’s ideaLAB, working with teens and their families.
2:00 – 3:00 Breakout Room: Unconference
Introduced and led by Robb Hendershot of DenHac
We will set up unconference space in the breakout room so that participants can gather around a particular topic that they want to discuss together. Bring in ideas and issues that you want to discuss and participants can gather around particular tables/interest areas to discuss. This is your conference! Some issues that have come up: equipment, RFID hackathon results, IoT projects at makerspaces, membership best practices, youth legal and security issues, case studies – help us! The afternoon is set up for you. We will gather your topics for discussion when you check in and set up tables based on what you want to talk about.
3:15-4:30 ish Main Room and Breakout Room: Unconference
Introduced and led by Robb Hendershot of DenHac
Unconference – participants can gather around a particular topic that they want to discuss together. Bring in ideas and issues that you want to discuss and participants can gather around particular tables/interest areas to discuss. This is your conference! Some issues that have come up: equipment, RFID hackathon results, IoT projects at makerspaces, membership best practices, youth legal and security issues, and more. The afternoon is set up for you. We will gather your topics for discussion when you check in and set up tables based on what you want to talk about.
Break and carpool
5:00 TINKERMILL TOUR & BBQ
Beer donated by Left Hand Brewing, Food partially donated by Sprouts and Safeway
DAY 2: Sunday 10-12:30 Maker company tour and break-out sessions
10:15 Gather at the Longmont Museum parking lot and carpool to Sparkfun Electronics
10:30 – 12:30 Sparkfun Electronics tour and brunch
Break, grab snacks if needed and meet back at the museum
1:00-4:00 at Longmont Museum
Crowdsourcing the optimal makerspace – a facilitated conversation bringing together makerspace ideas and best practices from the weekend. This is an interactive Session: distilling what is required for successful, self-sustaining, safe and accessible makerspaces. Facilitated by Daryl Wallace and Toria Thompson
Breakout Room – White House Initiative: what is the state of the Colorado Maker Movement? The White House Director of Making (part of the Office of Science and Technology) has created a cohort of maker ambassadors from each state. Elise VanDyne is the ambassador for Colorado. We’ve been asked to create a “state of the maker movement” synopsis, identify key leaders across the state, and develop a cohort that can work with the White House on bringing maker initiatives to Colorado. Let’s work together to design what we’d like to give and get from this relationship.
3:15 – 4 Looking to the Future – Fall 2016 and a NEW 2017
What is Colorado Maker Week and how do we participate? Discussion on the future of the Maker Faire in Colorado: BIG changes coming in 2017 – tell us what you’d like and if we are on the right track!
4:00 – Convene at Left Hand Brewing