HackLab.TO

Questions

1)Are there any tools that you personally or your members are eager to get for the space?

2)How do you go about deciding what kinds of public workshop or events to hold?

3)Do you find members collaborating in ways you didn’t initially imagine when starting HackLab?


 

Visit

Arriving at HackLab’s new location we were introduced to Eric Boyd. Eric spoke to us about HackLabs start as a smaller co-working space with mostly programmers and hackers¬†to a now¬†larger space with fabrication equipment, traditional tools and a diverse range of members. The main area had 3D printers, computers, and a bunch of custom made gadgets that augment the space. He then showed us another room with some more traditional tools and a laser cutter. We then moved on to see the shared kitchen and the lounge area. Finally we visited the back room that is used for teaching workshops and classes, sewing, traditional photography development, bio-hacking and more.

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Eric Boyd of HackLab.TO

Reflection

This was my second time visiting HackLab. The first time I visited HackLab was in their much smaller Kensington location. This time the growth of their business was very evident not only space wise but member wise. I recognized familiar faces but also recognized a collection of new members with more diverse interests. It was nice to see how this kind of maker space is sustaining itself and evidently flourishing. I was interested in the way the space continues to meet the needs of so many different kinds of makers, and what it took to maintain a space like that. Eric was very candid in answering questions about how much it cost to run the business and his vision of the future of the space. After visiting so many different collaborative and co-working spaces both in Toronto and New York has really inspired me to think more about the power of these kinds of spaces.

Links

http://hacklab.to/

https://nowtoronto.com/news/preview-the-toronto-mini-maker-fair/

http://www.betakit.com/the-biggest-canadian-startup-stories-of-2014/