Maker Culture Part3: And to you.

We are in what is called the Maker Culture, a DIY rich environment where almost everyone can and have access to the materials to make their ideas come to fruition. Makers can range from engineering scientists to the average man with a free weekend. Thanks to the creation of modular programming and modular robots, such as the Arduino series of modular boards, anyone with access to the internet can learn the basic skill sets to create an idea they have. The Maker Culture is heavily based on the community work from one to the other, in a chain of people helping each other achieve their ideas. Not only the community helps, this is such a profitable area, that we have business revolving around helping those people achieve their ideas:
Funding your idea, pitching with you to fully unravel how possible your idea is, the objects you would need, the public you would attend to with your idea and helping you achieve the knowledge you would need to put your idea in practice. Those are known as Incubator Enterprises. One Toronto example would be the Studio Y

 

 

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The 3DPhactory logo

Building your ideas, creating the shapes and cutting the materials you need in the shape you desire to perfectly fit your designs, getting the most cost-efficient for you to be able to develop it further and prototype it faster. Those facilities are known as 3D-print and Lazercutting Labs, much like 3D-Phactory is.

 

 

 

 

Discussing your idea, helping you maximize the output of it, improve it and helping you learn the necessary skills in a collaborative environment together with other people that have the same goals as you: develop their new ideas. Those friendly spaces are known as Hacklabs, much like HackLab and Site 3 are, both located in Toronto.

 

 

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indieGoGo logo

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KickStarter logo

Advertising your idea, getting the public to know it, helping your idea receive the popularity it needs to soar high into the skies and acquire the popularity it needs to rocket off to the market. Those spaces are essential for you to be able to actually make money out of your idea, since you cannot have a product selling only to two or three people and getting it to be popular without much help can be harder than expected. Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are great companies, IndieGoGo having a branch in Toronto and Kickstarter in NewYork.

 

With those companies extending their doors and hands to you, the public, one can be able to produce their ideas with much more ease than before, all one needs is the starting impulse to go forward and try their ideas. But wait, people can still be too shy to show their ideas, correct? They do not want to be shot down, and many don’t even give their ideas a chance. That’s where the Do it With Others communities take part. They are focused on helping their fellow DIY makers to achieve and enhance their inventions, all thanks to the internet database and anonymity, piles and piles of information can be shared around the globe to better help and provide more satisfactory results to the Maker.