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Maker Space Boot Camp

How to Start a Maker Space or Fab Lab* from Ground Zero

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

Registration is open.

Register here (See below for groups that qualify for additional discounts.)

Pre-register now to reserve your slot but pay later.

Contact director Jim Correll; jcorrell@indycc.edu 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

Boot Camp Draft Schedule: 

  • Monday, Mar 2 Optional pre-camp reception in downtown Independence 5:00 - 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, Mar 3
    • 8:30 Light breakfast in the Lab and introductions
    • 9:00 Group photo and session begins
    • 11:30 Group lunch in downtown Independence, included
    • 1:00 Session resumes
    • 2:30 Maker session in the Lab begins
    • 5:00 Session ends with optional hanging out, making and networking
    • 6:00 Group dinner in downtown Independence, included
  • Wednesday, Mar 4
    • 8:30 Light breakfast in the Lab and networking
    • 9:00 Session begins
    • 11:30 Group lunch in downtown Independence, included
    • 1:00 Session resumes
    • 2:30 Maker session in the Lab resumes
    • 5:00 Session ends with optional hanging out, making and networking
    • 6:00 Dinner on your own or optional light dinner with Entrepreneurial Mindset (Ice House) class
    • 6:30 Evening on your own or optionally sit in on Mindset class with local entrepreneur guest
  • Thursday, Mar 5
    • 8:30 Light breakfast in the Lab and networking
    • 9:00 Session begins
    • 12:00 Camp ends with box lunch, included with optional networking during lunch

COSTS:

$2,495 per person / $1,995 for additional participants from your organization/community (Includes all meals, and post-Boot Camp phone consultation)

Register:

Registration is open.

Register here (See below for groups that qualify for additional discounts.)

Pre-register now to reserve your slot but pay later.

Contact director Jim Correll; jcorrell@indycc.edu or 620.252.5349 for more information.


(Only 16 seats available.)

When registration opens, SAVE $500 with the Early Bird Discount through December 31, 2019

Additional $500 discount for members of: (Registration codes required. Get yours from jcorrell@indycc.edu)

  • Kansas E-Communities
  • Faculty/staff or Community Colleges in the United States
  • Members of National Main Street
  • Kansas PRIDE Communities

(Your organization my qualify. Contact director, Jim Correll, 620-252-5349 or jcorrell@indycc.edu)

$250 rebate available to Kansas residents including in conjunction with discounts above

Contact director Jim Correll; jcorrell@indycc.edu if you have questions or any difficulty in Pre-Registering.

About Fab Lab ICC:

Fab Lab ICC located in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, on the campus of Independence Community College, just outside of 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. (Where is Independence and how do I get there.)

 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 is open.

Register here (See above for groups that qualify for additional discounts.)

Pre-register now to reserve your slot but pay later.

Contact director Jim Correll; jcorrell@indycc.edu or 620.252.5349 for more information.


When registration opens, SAVE $500 with the Early Bird Discount through December 31, 2019

Contact director Jim Correll; jcorrell@indycc.edu or 620.252.5349 for more information.


*We view Maker Space as a generic term that means just about any kind of space with an emphasis on helping people learn new ways of making things. Fab Labs are a sub-set within the Maker Space category. Fab Labs follow the charter of the International Fab Lab Network including a suggested list of capabilities and being openly available to the community. 

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