Thursday
Jun282012

Alliance for American Manufacturing Showcases TekVenture on Blog

While exhibiting at the Democratic State Convention held in Fort Wayne for the first time, if ever, we spent Friday evening talking with exhibitors at the NE Indiana Manufacturer's Showcase hosted by the Alliance for American Manufacturing.  Exhibitors were business owners who are basically local Makers that have turned their passions into businesses.  Hopefully some of these folks will exhibit at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire - Powered by TekVenture coming Oct. 6 & 7, 2012.  Check out this AAM blog post about our organization.

Thursday
Jun282012

Hands-on Learning Workshops Available All Summer

Check out Making Our Summer Program - a series of workshops geared towards making things.  You can find a complete list and registration information at tekventure.eventbrite.com.

Thursday
Jun282012

TekVenture Swang Into Success with Wet Swing Set at RiverFest

Although it took some time to figure out the mechancial kinks, our Wet Swing Set was a hit for those who chose not to get wet.  Check out the swingset at the upcoming Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire to be held Oct. 6 & 7 at Headwaters Park East - Lincoln Pavillion.  Check TekVenture out on Facebook for a complete photo album.

Thursday
Jun282012

Canadian Broadcast Corporation Picks Up Story on Maker Station

We learned last Saturday at RiverFest 2012 that the TekVenture Maker Station project in partnership with the Allen County Public Library was featured in a story in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation podcast. We've now made national news in 2 countries!!!  Please help us fund efforts to expand into a full facility.

Tuesday
Jun192012

TEKVENTURE MAKER STATION FEATURED ON WANE-TV NEWS

While working the Democratic Convention this past weekend to let people throughout the state know about TekVenture and our various projects and programs, we were also conducting a workshop at the TekVenture Maker Station.  WANE-TV ran this great story on the 11:00 PM news.

Tuesday
Jun192012

TEKVENTURE AND ACPL MAKING PRESENTATION TO ALA

Further to our last blog post, the American Library Association asked the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and TekVenture to make a presentation at their annual web-based conference.  On July 19, members of the ACPL/TekVenture collaboration team will present to hundreds of libraries across the nation to discuss how this partnership came about.  The presentation will also discuss why the TekVenture Maker Station is an idea that's come before its time but should be expanded as there is a need for our community members to have a place to go in which they can engage with tools, materials, and mentors to make things.

 

Tuesday
Jun192012

ACPL and TekVenture Maker Station Featured on NPR

Last December, we learned of a library system in upstate New York who is getting funding to launch their own Fab Lab concept.  Jeff Krull of our own Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and Greg Jacobs, TekVenture President were then featured in a story about hackerspaces and libraries partering to provide spaces where the community has access to certain tools.  Check out the story here.  

We are proud to announce ACPL and TekVenture are the first in the nation to our knowledge that is actually now offering workshops and joint programming!

Tuesday
Jun192012

Visit Our New Wet Swing Set at RiverFest

Kids young and old should stop by and visit us at RiverFest this Saturday, June 23 from 10 am - 8 pm (music will continue to play until midnight.)

Located between the sand volleyball court and the farm equipment (main parking lot just east of walking bridge), TekVenture Makers will be showing off our new toy - the Wet Swing Set.  If you can't make it this weekend, the Wet Swing Set will also be featured Oct. 6 & 7 at the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire.

Thursday
Jun072012

ANNOUNCING MAKING OUR SUMMER PROGRAM

TekVenture has partnered with the Allen County Public Library to offer the Maker Station located in a 50' trailer in the ACPL lot at Webster and Washington.  We believe this is the first model in the nation where a hackerspace and library are working together to offer hands-on learning opportunities using tools, materials, and mentors to make things.

Now through August we are offering over 50 hands-on workshops to the general public - many are free. Check out the list and register at tekventure.eventbrite.com.

Thanks to Jeff Krull and our many Makers who have helped to make this happen.  After years of education about our project, TekVenture is now in business!

Thursday
Jun072012

INDIANA DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION COMES TO FORT WAYNE

TekVenture will be there by invitation to share our mission and the cools things our Makers are doing.

This is the first time the convention has been out of Indy so Fort Wayne gets to strut it's stuff June 14-16 as over 3,200 party stakeholders come to our city.