United States Fab Lab Network (USFLN) Annual Symposium in Kansas City, Wednesday Jan 26, 2011, Post 1

Betty Barrett writes:

Today Mary Kay, Mercedes, and I are at the USFLN conference in Kansas City. There are, perhaps, 50 to 60 people in attendance from 10 to 20 fab labs all at different stages of development. Here are some of the ideas that have come up so far that may be worth exploring at CUCFL.

Notes below the fold:

  1. Metrics we might keep to use in justifying our lab: classes coming, prototypes created, inventions originating, integrated into x courses, business outreach, schools and clubs reached,etc.
  2. Dayton Ohio has a fab lab guitar workshop
  3. the Fort Wayne mobile space called Tekmobile Prototype I is up and running for mobile artistic endeavors. Currently Greg Jacobs also beginning collaboration with public library
  4. Annual teacher training workshops offered (4 days to a week)
  5. Cornell 3d fabricator for schools is being created
  6. One lab has developed a Frequent fab lab users card
  7. Many labs have developed some executive sponsors.
  8. We have met Josh Moseby from Tulsa OK with whom Dean is working extensively.