Hacklab pops up
Local tech gurus building co-op for artists, inventors and tinkerers
Makerspaces, also known as hacklabs, are starting to pop up in cities all over the world.
They function as shared workspaces, where hobbyists, artists, programmers and tinkerers can gather, share resources, learn from and teach each other.
Members pay a nominal fee and get access to the space and its equipment. If they’re comfortable with doing so, some members will be called on to teach classes in the space or give demonstrations of their skills to raise money to help support the space.
They’re also usually supported by industry and other community groups.
“Part of it is almost like an oldfashioned co-op where you can share equipment that you normally couldn’t afford or have the space for on your own. But really, the community is what it’s all about - it’s the people and their knowledge transfer,” said Derek Campbell, one of the organizers of the space.
The other two main organizers for the Summerside Makerspace are Aaron Boeker and Steve Howard. All the men have a deep interest in technology and innovation and see this project as an opportunity for the community. Plus it’s a good excuse to meet and hang out with people who share their interests.
“It’s just going into the unknown. Why do we have a large hadron collider in the world? Just to find out things we don’t know,” said Howard.
“So, getting a bunch of folks together to create something new is probably going to create something that we can’t even predict. That’s what I see coming from the makerspace.”
The organizers are currently getting some cleanup crews together for the their chosen location, known as the Summerside Venture Centre, which has been made available by the City of Summerside.
A group of tech-focused people in Summerside are working to build the community’s first makerspace in the Venture Centre on Greenwood Drive. Some of the organizers are from left, Steve Howard, Derek Campbell, Chris Willcock and Aaron Boeker.