Thank you to our Board members who have stepped up to fill a two-year term for the Colorado Maker Hub community.
I’ve owned a makerspace, organized Maker Faires, collaborated on industry-standards organizations, led in a global corporation, influenced institutions in their makerspace implementations and…I’m a Maker myself tinkering under the umbrella of Techno Chaos!
My interests are in connecting and collaborating within the maker community to increase awareness of and strengthen the maker community across Colorado. I do not feel like one person is the sole representative and director of the Colorado Maker Hub. The Hub has many leaders in our maker community and it should be a collaboration with the members of the community. I am open and receptive to ideas to make the Colorado Maker Hub a collaborative community! Let’s work together to strengthen and mature our Colorado maker community while preserving the spirit in each of our local maker communities.
Michael Caston is the Associate Professor of the Practice in Innovation and Product Design and Development in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department within the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver. He teaches courses in product development, entrepreneurship, consumer insights, and market feasibility.
Michael is also the Executive Director of the Innovation Labs, a project-based learning center available to all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Denver. He also serves as the faculty director for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community where students learn about and experience entrepreneurship and innovation through hands-on activities in a year-long program designed to introduce students to the startup-world.
Michael spent 5 years as a Professor of Industrial Design for Metropolitan State University of Denver. He taught courses in Plastics: Materials and Fabrication, Technical Drawing & CAD, and Industrial Design Studio courses where students gain real world experience and exposure by completing product development projects for companies both large and small.
Michael is also the founder of a Product and Graphic Design Firm, CAMIC designs LLC. CAMIC designs was formed in July 2007 and offers product, graphic, packaging, and web design to a variety of companies from startups to fortune 500 companies. CAMIC designs has produced in-house product lines specifically for non-profit fundraising such as BalletGiftShop.com, helping non-profit dance groups with their fundraising needs, and CritterGiftShop.com, helping animal rescues groups raise money.
Specialties: product design and development, laser-engraving and cutting, promotional products, graphic design, identity design, document layout and design, website design and development, brand development, product marketing.
Jane Crayton – Maker and Educator for over a decade
Founder of the Colorado Chapter of Dorkbot from 2006-2012
Lead Producer for the Pueblo Mini Maker Faire in 2017
Principal Investigator to the BeeWise Smart Hive, Internet of Things project
Member of the Diversity & Inclusivity Committee for the Nation of Makers
Currently, the Colorado State University, STEAM 4-H Youth Development Agent for Pueblo County Extension
Tom is the co-founder and president of The Gizmo Dojo, a non-profit makerspace in Broomfield, CO. Tom is excited about the prospects of bringing people together through making and connecting different thoughts, ideas, and practices to bring projects to the next level. He encourages diversity, learning constantly, and challenging people to dig into new ideas and projects. He teaches other people how to build 3D printers, designs and crashes autonomous vehicles, is learning what it takes to heat metals to high temperatures and then whack on them until they take the right shape. He recently acquired a knitting machine, because who doesn’t want to speed that process up substantially? Learning to draw is looming on the horizon… Engineering during the days, everything else at night, Tom wants people to see that failure is just a mindset, and sometimes it leads to even better ideas than before.
Heidi is a teacher leader for STEM / Making at West Middle School STEM, but her presence is not only within Mesa County School District. She attends and presents at many STEM-CTE, Math, Engineering, Science and Achievement (MESA) Program events across Colorado and the U.S.
She currently serves as a National Geographic Certified Educator Mentor, the president of the Delta Kappa Gamma – Key Women Educator’s Chapter, a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison, a Girl Scout Leader, 100Kin10 Teacher Forum, and the director of the Western Colorado – Girls in STEM Conference, to help build and mentor the next generation of Women in STEM! In her free time, she works to bring geo-literacy to maker-ed projects through the integration of geospatial technology and problem-based learning!
Her mission is to foster and advocate for students & educators, especially in rural areas of Colorado, to be successful in STEM!
A maker, a collaborator, and business owner, John is the Founder and CEO of Geekify Inc, located in Broomfield, Colorado.
Part mad scientist, part engineer, part entrepreneur, and all tinker, John loves long walks on the beach and building and creating new things. Lately he’s been teaching classes in making and manufacturing, doing community outreach and education, and coming up with new projects and products for Maker Faires and the various Comic Cons around the country.
When he’s not playing with lava flows or practicing acroyoga, he can often be found in the workshop building new things, or plotting and planning his next adventures abroad.
More information on John and his antics were uncovered in a fun interview by Kasey Grim of Fractured Frame Photography.
As a “serial technologist”, Bob describes his career in high tech as a “lucky coincidence of events” where he has had a chance to be involved with some major tipping points in the products and processes we use on a daily basis. Bob has worked in environments ranging from Mega-cap firms to start-ups in various roles, and has been successful largely through applying the philosophy that if one builds a better product, people will beat a path to your door. He loves disruptive technology and wants to nurture developments that are socially and environmentally responsible, and which fundamentally “Make a Difference”.
Bob is an incurable Do-It-Yourselfer. He will take apart and repair anything from internal combustion engines to ice-makers and antique Hi-Fi stereos. He makes furniture, high-powered amateur rockets, award-winning home-brew and really great chili! He is fascinated by shiny objects, like 3D-Printing, robotics, fast motorcycles and drones, but is really driven by people: Building high-powered teams, collaborating on hard problems and knowledge sharing.
These days, when Bob is not developing Digital Signal Processing apps for smart phones, he is wondering when he is going to find time to ski that next hard line or just settle in with his mandolin.