SpaceGAMBIT funds projects at collaborative spaces around the world. There are many kinds, including:
- Hackerspaces: Community-operated workspaces where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art; can meet, socialize and collaborate.
- Makerspaces: Publicly-accessible places to design and create (often times in the context of creating spaces for children). What’s the difference between hackerspaces and makerspaces?
- Fab Labs: Small-scale workshops offering (personal) digital fabrication. Generally equipped with flexible computer controlled tools, with the aim to make “almost anything”. This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production.
- TechShop: A chain of member-based workshops that lets people of all skill levels come in and use industrial tools and equipment to build their own projects.
- Other: It’s difficult to define exactly what constitutes a collaborative space. There are plenty of other spaces with different names that fit the bill.
Find a collaborative space near you
- Invent to Learn has a great list of resources
- A huge list of hackerspaces around the world at hackerspaces.org
- Makerspace meetup groups
- No collaborative space near you? Check out mobile makerspaces
- Makerspace directory
- Makerspaces in libraries
Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset”. Faires happen all over the world and are great for learning more about collaborative spaces and the maker movement.