Rocky Mountain Makerspace Conference

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July 13, 2016 – Rocky Mountain Makerspace will be hosting its first conference, where new and seasoned leaders will share best practices and participants will learn from their peers in the Maker community. The conference will be held July 16-17 in Longmont, Colorado.

Topics will include RFID tracking, makerspace IoT, an ambassador program between makerspaces, membership practices and more.

While the highlight of the weekend will be the time spent learning from each other, there will also be special presentations/session including:

  • Phil McKinney, President and CEO of CableLabs. In this capacity he heads the research and development organization responsible for the global cable industry’s technology and innovation roadmap.

  • A Tour of TinkerMill – followed by Beer and Barbeque

  • Sessions dedicated to Youth Maker Programs with a hands-on demonstration from Share Fair Nation

  • A Tour and Sunday Brunch with SparkFun Electronics

  • Ashley Kazyaka of the Colorado State Library Maker Program

  • The conference is supported by the Longmont Museum, Share Fair Nation, presenters volunteering their time, and the Colorado Maker Hub.

    The conference fee is $20 for a 2 day pass, which can be purchased online.

    Full Conference Agenda:

    DAY 1: Saturday 9-4:30 at the Longmont Museum, 5:00 evening event at TinkerMill

    9:00–9:45 Meet and Greet
    Continental breakfast
    Get to know other participants, share issues and ideas for unconference sessions

    9:45-10:00 Introduction
    Welcome and setting up the weekend
    Introduction of Keynote speaker, Phil McKinney

    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.

    Snack and break

    Sessions split – now there will be sessions in the main room and in the breakout room

    11:15-12:45 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

    Share Fair Nation is bringing a 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. 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.

    12:45 Lunch

    2:00 – 3:00 Main Room: Making at the Library

    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

    2:00 – 3:00 Breakout Room: Unconference

    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.

    BREAK

    3:15-4:30 Main Room and Breakout Room: Unconference

    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

    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 and travel back to the museum

    1:00-3:00 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

    3:15 – 4 Group wrap up and Conclusion

    Summary points, feedback, discussion on the future of the Maker Faire, updates on Colorado Maker Week coming up.

    4:00 – Convene at Left Hand Brewing