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What’s a Makerspace?

So what’s a makerspace? (Also called a hackerspace, a backspace, or a hacklab) It’s any sort of creative space where people gather to make stuff and share ideas about making stuff. These labs, often equipped with tools and materials, allow users to practice a 21st-century sort of DIY.

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Wikipedia.org defines them as “A location where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialise and/or collaborate. Makerspaces/Hackerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.”

Hackerspaces.org, a wiki connecting makerspaces around the world, defines them as “community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects.”

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