More than 300 organizations come together to launch Nation of Makers

From Nation of Makers .

MARYLAND (November 15, 2016) – The grassroots Maker Movement has, and continues to, impact entrepreneurship, education, economic and workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalization and technology inclusion in the U.S. To build upon existing efforts and to continue to grow the coalition of diverse organizations supporting the maker community, we are proud to announce the creation of an independent non-profit called Nation of Makers. The organization will serve and represent a wide variety of spaces, events, and institutions serving makers, including non-profit organizations, museums, libraries, science centers, educational institutions, foundations and for-profit companies.

Nation of Makers is working with leaders from the maker community in all 50 states and has received more than 300 letters of support from hackerspaces, makerspaces, companies, libraries, local government and economic development agencies across the U.S. who have already experienced the positive impact of the Maker Movement locally, and are committed to continuing to foster the growth and inclusivity of the maker community. In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week USA, Nation of Makers celebrates the entrepreneurship represented by the American maker community.

“Giving more Americans the opportunity to make, invent and create is critical to our future,” said Tom Kalil, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “Making can inspire more young people to excel in STEM education, promote entrepreneurship in manufacturing, and empower more people to solve problems in their communities.”

Makers are developing innovative solutions to important local and global problems, creating new products that are produced locally and building vibrant communities where small businesses can thrive. Some examples of the ways these efforts are taking shape include efforts in:

  • Chicago, IL,  where makers from the broader Chicago community are prototyping everything from energy storage devices and wearable electronics to food packaging and furniture at The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago.
  • Anchorage, AK, where the MAKE Partnership is matching federal dollars to support trainings and workshops hosted by the Anchorage Makerspace that are geared towards manufacturing start-ups and maker entrepreneurs.
  • Macon, GA, where SparkMacon is empowering entrepreneurs to launch businesses in the broader Macon-Bibb county.
  • Brookings, SD, where Brookings Economic Development Corporation has opened Brookings Area Makerspace located at South Dakota State University, a shared workshop and creative space open to students, faculty and community members.
  • Kingsport, TN, where the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is supporting and celebrating the creation of a new makerspace at the Kingsport  Public Library.

Founding Board Members of Nation of Makers include makers Harley DuBois, co-founder of Burning Man, Pamela Jennings, Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Winston-Salem State University, Adam Savage, head of, and Stephanie Santoso, former White House Senior Advisor for Making.

Nation of Makers will support the full range of organizations that impact makers by encouraging connections, broadly sharing resources, facilitating funding opportunities, engaging in policy development, and advocating for the Maker Movement. The organization will help maker organizations amplify the passion, innovation, creativity, and diversity of the maker community, and maximize both its local and global impact.

For more examples of the amazing ways makers are making a difference in their local communities, please visit the Nation of Makers website at

Introduction to Linux Redux

Intro to Linux is back for a second run, starting from the beginning. Join us tomorrow, Wednesday October 19th at 7:30pm for the first session where we’ll introduce the largest collaborative software project in human history: Linux, what it is, where it came from and why it runs billions of smartphones and over half the Internet.

Introduction to Linux will meet nominally every other Wednesday at HacDC. Check our MeetUp schedule for details:

For the first session, bring whatever laptop you use and we’ll help you install Linux inside VirtualBox. Or, if you’re ready to take the plunge and replace your current OS, install Linux on your machine. We also have a few Linux laptops available in our classroom. Intro to Linux costs as much as Linux itself: it’s free, as always.facebook-ad

As the series goes on, we’ll cover the Linux file system, package managers, networking and firewalls, compiling software from code and more.

Maker Faire Silver Spring September 25th

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HacDC Amateur Radio Club is partnering with Montgomery Amateur Radio Club and the Kid’s Museum at the Silver Spring Maker Faire September 25, 2016.   This event runs from 12PM to 5PM. This event is held at the SILVER SPRING CIVIC CENTER, 1 VETERANS PLACE, SILVER SPRING, MD, 20910

Maker Faire Silver Spring: Maker Faire Silver Spring is a free, family-friendly event that brings together Makers of all types for a spectacular display of art, science, technology, craft and engineering. It is being presented by KID Museum, a new museum in Montgomery County dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators.

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  • Tinker
  • Build
  • Invent

National Park Service 100th Birthday Celebration

HacDC Amateur Radio Club operated from President’s Park (White House) August 25, 2016, celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.  We operated 20 and 40 meter ssb and cw from NPOTA # DZ10 “The White House”.   A special callsign of W3H was issued for this event.  Pictured (left to right) Pat, K0OO, John, KB3EBN, Phil KC3HMY, and Scott KI4YOE.

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