What makes a good maker space

Maker Spaces: Try, develop, implement together

You can achieve more together, learn from each other and support each other. The findings are not new, but are implemented in different ways. At the workplace, communication and thus performance should be promoted through an open design, teamwork and cooperation are very important and anyone who does not work in the office can find like-minded people in the coworking space in the coworking space. Maker Spaces follow a similar idea. They bring people together who want to work together on something or who want to exchange ideas on a specific topic. We explain what Maker Spaces actually are, why they are so popular and how you can use Maker Spaces for yourself ...

What are maker spaces?

Maker Spaces are open spaces accessible to everyonededicated to collaborative work and the exchange of common interests. They are also called FabLabs (fabrication laboratory). In Maker Spaces, ideas are not only developed, but also tried out, implemented and refined into projects that are to be implemented in the future. The basic idea behind it is already in the name: Maker Spaces - it's not just about imparting theoretical knowledge, but about tackling it and doing it yourself. Do it yourself in its purest form.

To make this possible, Maker Spaces are usually very well equipped and offer the participants various technical devicesto try out yourself, to take action and to lend a hand. The equipment ranges from computers, laptops and iPads through various software, musical devices and instruments to 3D printers and truck cutters, in order to bring his ideas into shape and to create something really tangible and physical.

Everything can be created in Maker Spaces - from From prototypes to new apps. Participants have the opportunity to try out themselves, their thoughts and flashes of inspiration and at the same time exchange ideas with others who, in the best case, share their own interests.

In order to Maker Spaces solve several problems at the same time and turn them into your own advantages:

  • Ideas can be discussed and developed together.

    It usually takes a long time from the first idea until something really comes into being. This is not infrequently also due to the fact that you reach your limits yourself - both in terms of creativity and technical knowledge. In Maker Spaces you can discuss and work together instead of just dealing with a topic yourself at home.

  • Devices are provided by the Maker Space.

    Who has the opportunity to purchase all the technical equipment that can be found in a maker space? It takes a lottery win or a horrific salary to equip yourself with a 3D printer, laser cutter, modern computer or other technical gadgets.

    Maker Spaces make these technologies and innovations accessible to people who would otherwise have a much more difficult time coming into contact with them. In the first few years in particular, such developments are often only accessible to a small proportion of people - unlike in Maker Spaces, where everyone can work with the technology either completely free of charge or sometimes for a fee.

  • Communities with like interests develop.

    It is not always easy to share your interests, hobbies or ideas with someone else. In the circle of friends, someone can find a suitable person, but that is by no means always the case. In the Maker Space you can meet people who are just as interested in the same topics as you, from whom you can learn, whom you can also help on the other side or with whom you would like to work together on a project.

The idea and the concept for the Maker Space come - how could it be otherwise - from America. This is where the Maker Spaces and FabLabs were created in the course of the so-called maker movement around 15 years ago. This doer movement expressed itself in the fact that everyone wanted to produce or develop something themselves. Maker Spaces have been enjoying growing popularity in Germany for some years now.

Hacker Spaces focus on technology

Many Maker Spaces are open and general. However, some consciously focus on a specific topic, for example the Hacker Spaces have developed as a sub-category of the Maker Spaces. Everything revolves around these Hacker Spaces Computers, technology and digital subjects. The term hacker shouldn't put anyone off. This is not about darkened rooms where computer specialists wrap themselves in hoodies and pound their keyboards.

Hacker Spaces want to contribute to technical and digital education and people Facilitate access to these topicsthat may not have had anything to do with it, or only very little. Nor is it all about software or programming, even if OpenSource is one of the areas of Hacker Spaces.

The principle of maker spaces is a great advantage here. You not only learn theoretically what is going on in terms of software, hardware, network policy or network security, but also can participate yourself and get active.

This is how you can use Maker Spaces for yourself

Maker Spaces can be a good activity to keep your company going Pursue interestsTo deepen hobbies and to deal more specifically with topics that have been of interest to you for a long time, but to which you have so far lacked proper access.

But they can be more than just a leisure activity. We show, how you can benefit from Maker Spaces:

  • Broaden your horizons

    In a Maker Space you can deal with topics, questions and ideas that have not yet had any major significance for you. The space provides insights into completely new areas and can Broaden your horizons. Perhaps you will find something that excites you and arouses your passion.

    The big advantage is that you have others by your side right from the start help with open questions and you can introduce you to the topic or the technical devices.

  • Make new contacts

    A network - if available - is limited almost always only on professional contacts. These are colleagues, supervisors, customers or other people who you have dealt with in your professional life and who are directly related to your job or your industry.

    In a Maker Space you can also make contacts from a completely different area come. This can also be useful on the job if, for example, an expert is needed in a field or if you are stuck with a problem on your own but already know who to ask about it.

  • Educate yourself for the job

    Professional training is an important aspect in order not to fall behind and suddenly be overtaken by the competition. These can be classic training courses, but Maker Spaces can also be an opportunity to deal with important issues and to acquire knowledge that will help you in your job.

  • Get involved in the Maker Space

    Maker Spaces are what you make of them. Sounds trite, but it's actually true. Many Maker Spaces are trying to get the To meet the needs of the participants and to develop in the way that is best for everyone who wants to participate and participate.

    This can be seen, for example, in the fact that certain events are organized in consultation with the participants or new equipment is purchased for the areas that are particularly in demand and are trendy. Here you can exert influence, get involved in the Maker Space and so on Help determine direction.

  • Make something of your ideas

    Maker Spaces can be a breeding ground for ideas and a springboard for companies. Young creatives find exactly the environment and atmosphere here that are needed to turn an initial idea into a project that can go a long way. The input from others helps to think, discuss and improve together, but above all the equipment, without which some ideas would never see the light of day.

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November 9, 2020Author: Nils Warkentin

Nils Warkentin studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. On the career bible, he is devoted to topics related to studies, career entry and everyday office life.

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