Hackerspaces and a date for the Volt

21 March 2012

(Odometer: 16,980 miles)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–The most-fun stops on this year-long journey around America are schools and "maker" places, and Makers Local 256 here was no exception.

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The idea was inspired six years ago by the Tech Shop in San Francisco, a hackerspace that was gaining recognition. Makers here grew slowly, but only recently found a new home, a modest-sized warehouse on the edge of downtown that, once you walk into it, feels like a makers' paradise.

As the group gains momentum, it's just opened up this space to the public to help expand membership and get younger hackers involved. We were invited to stop by one evening and found not only a vibrant, eclectic group of hackers (and dads bringing their young sons and daughters to the event) but a date for the Volt. Matt Robinson, the group's treasurer gave us a tour and answered a key question: Why does this matter?


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