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Maker Space Boot Camp

How to Start a FAB LAB (or maker space) from Ground Zero

March 3 - 5, 2020 in Independence Kansas (Where is Independence and how do I get there.)

Register now.  Early Bird discount extended to Aug. 31.

Contact director Jim Correll; or 620.252.5349 for more information.

It's doable and may be easier than you think!

 When a few innovative minds come together and harness their collective passion, anything can happen. As we've learned firsthand, establishing a community fabrication lab (fab lab) doesn't require a monumental capital investment, Silicon Valley tech-head input or a warehouse-sized facility. Indeed, a startup can be accomplished with some fairly basic tools and equipment and a modest amount of square footage. The secret ingredients, however, are adaptable thinking and a strong grip. Because once the seed is planted, there's no telling where it will grow, and you have to be prepared to hang on!

 In Community Boot Camp: How to Start a FAB LAB from Ground Zero, we'll share our experience in building from scratch the local phenomenon that is Fab Lab ICC, the only maker space in the world incorporating the hands-on creative experience with the entrepreneurial mindset philosophy using the revolutionary Ice House Entrepreneurship program to build the community mindset. It's a powerful combination that has sparked innovations and success stories we never dreamed possible when we launched the concept in 2014 in our rural Kansas community of Independence, Kansas.

 We strongly believe we've hit upon a winning formula that can help breathe new economic life into not only our small town, but rural communities throughout the country. We have a fascinating story to share, as well as some practical advice on how you can create a similar experience anywhere, anytime, even with limited resources.

 Boot Camp Topics Will Include:

Concepting: You Don't Need a 5-Year Plan, Let Constituent Needs Be Your Guide

Relationships = Resources: Creative Funding & Marketing Solutions

QuickStart Basics: A Shortlist of Essential Tools & Equipment

It's All About the Mindset: Entrepreneurship Education

Taking It Up a Notch: Models for Incremental Growth

If You Build It: They Will Come and You Can Expect the Unexpected

Imagination to Infinity: The Possibilities Are Endless

Register now.

Contact director Jim Correll; or 620.252.5349 for more information.

Boot Camp Draft Schedule: 

Register now. (Only 16 seats available.)  Contact director Jim Correll; if registration is full or you encounter questions or have trouble.


$2,495 per person / $1,995 for additional participants from your organization/community

(Includes all meals, and post-Boot Camp phone consultation)

SAVE $500 with the Early Bird Discount through July 31, 2019. Extended through Aug. 31.

Additional $500 discount for members of: (Registration codes required. Get yours from

  • Kansas E-Communities
  • Faculty/staff or Community Colleges in the United States
  • Members of National Main Street
$250 rebate available to Kansas residents including in conjunction with discounts above

 Fab Lab ICC is located on the campus of Independence Community College in the small, beautiful community of Independence, Kansas. We are within easy driving distance of several commercial airports, and our town offers a variety of retail, dining, entertainment and hotel options. We'd be happy to offer more information to assist you with your travel planning.

 Our Cancellation Policy: Should you be unable to attend our Boot Camp for any reason, please inform us in writing that you will be unable to attend. If your cancellation is received 60-days before the first day of the Boot Camp, the amount you have paid will be refunded. If you cancel between 45-60 days prior to the first day of the Boot Camp, the amount you have paid will be refunded, less a non-refundable deposit of $250. If you cancel less than 45 days before the first day of the Boot Camp, the amount you have paid, less a non-refundable deposit of $250, will be credited to a Fab Lab ICC future Boot Camp, product, or consulting service. Please note that if you don't cancel and don't attend, you are responsible for payment in full. Substitutions may be made at any time by calling our office, giving us the name of the substitute attendee, and that person being accepted through our normal application review process.

Registration now. Early Bird discount extended to Aug. 31.

Contact director Jim Correll; or 620.252.5349 for more information.

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