Iowa Makers collaborate to develop statewide innovation ecosystem
- Thursday August 13, 2015
We ended our final Iowa Maker Tweet-Up of the summer on a sweet note… featuring cooking studios, die-cut chocolate, 3-D printed treats and more! Our final #iamakerchat of the season focused on Making in Iowa and how local Makers can collaborate to develop the state’s innovation ecosystem.
Here are a few of our favorite tweets from Tuesday’s conversation:
First, we brainstormed ways to invite new Makers to join the movement while supporting Iowa’s existing Maker community.
How can we show the world that everyone is a Maker? #iamakerchat -@SCIOWA
Programs like yours, and make sure we keep bringing people into the conversation from different backgrounds. #iamakerchat -@Area515DSM
How can Makers support Makers as we work to develop Iowa’s innovation ecosystem? #iamakerchat -@SCIOWA
SHARE. And then share some more. Go to a Maker Space or your library or a meetup or your existing clubs and SHARE. #iamakerchat -@Area515DSM
We brainstormed how Maker Faires can better serve the local Maker community and inspire new Makers.
What role do Maker Faires play in developing Maker culture/bringing it to pop culture? #iamakerchat -@SCIOWA
That whole “not connected” thing. That’s what they could be doing. Also, inspiring the young’uns. #iamakerchat -@Area515DSM
Then, high-tech cuisine came up…
How do we encourage Makers to collaborate on new ideas? #iamakerchat -@SCIOWA
We’d also like to have some like-minded neighbors. We can’t be the entire village, e.g., a cooking studio would be GREAT! #iamakerchat -@Area515DSM
Food art/cooking is a key part of Making, but it’s often left out of the discussion. How do we bring that to light? #iamakerchat -@SCIOWA
But those ties are happening! They’re just not as obvious as wearables, for instance. But hey, 3-D printed food! #iamakerchat -@Area515DSM
Finally, we said farewell to an inspiring summer of tweet-ups with this question:
How would you describe the Maker movement in one sentence (or two)? #iamakerchat -@SCIOWA
Making something will almost always involve learning something. Might be something different than you expected as well! #iamakerchat -@MichaelELandon
It’s about us reclaiming our confidence as producers and agents of change in our lives. (And making cool stuff.) #iamakerchat -@Area515DSM
Join us next summer!
Thanks for following along and joining in the Iowa Maker conversation! Stay tuned in June 2016 for another summer of #iamakerchat, featuring new topics, new technology and new ways to expand your Maker mindset!