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Making The Future With STEM Scholarships

The World Maker Faire in New York begins this weekend. It will be an action-packed educational event with over 500 makers and thousands of attendees. But one thing stands out this year, and it comes from a large corporation, not a DIY or maker company: $100,000 in college scholarships for students interested in STEM fields. [...]

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Do It With Others – Maker Community Manifesto

Maker Faire ® season is here. It is all year long, actually. Thousands of people turn out for large and small events around the world that are oriented at inspiring and enabling makers, hackers, inventors, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. I was on the organizing team for the Kitsap Mini Maker Faire and these events [...]

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$14 Billion Software as a Service Industry Growth Influences Maker Companies

Software Industry forecasts in the USA range from $100 billion to $400 billion depending on the research report. Digging deeper, Gartner reports that software-as-a-service (SaaS) will hit $14.5 billion in 2012. SaaS, or web-based software, is a big part of the connective fiber for startups, maker companies, and small business. Web-based apps and networks can [...]

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Cubify 3D Printer CES Debut

The recently launched Cubify, a new 3D printer from 3D Systems is elegant and playful, but more importantly, the product and the program called “Be a Cubify Artist” help to create a platform for makers and designers. Plus the revenue sharing model that the website describes is impressive to say the least. For a young [...]

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New Open Source Laser Cutter Hits Market

Cofounder of the open source laser cutter Lasersaur is an artist and when she first mooted the idea of it, she was informed that she and co creator Stefan Hechenberger  were “absolutely crazy”. But this didn’t stop the pioneering duo from producing an affordable laser cutter that will cut ½ inch material with up to [...]

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Open Source Electronics DIY Kits with Adafruit

If you’re familiar with the Minty Boost Altoid tin (the unique open source hardware charger) you are already familiar with Limor Fried or “Lady Ada” of Adafruit. She is an inventor, visionary, maker and business owner at Adafuit, a hardware company that assembles and makes kit versions of electronic projects. She believes it is possible [...]

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