Makerspaces (sometimes called hackerspaces) are community workspaces – generally in the tech and digital arena. Entrepreneurs might use them as workspaces and to collaborate with colleagues. Hobbyists might use their tools to make something. They often put on workshops – typically around tech and equipment – such as 3D printers. They perform a valuable service to foster learning, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
I learned how to use a Raspberry Pi yesterday at a workshop at UnLondon. (Harrison Pensa is a sponsor of UnLondon, and of their recent Explode conference.) The first project was to wire and code (in Python) an app to create a blinking LED. Crude, yes, but a good, quick introduction.
For those not familiar with the Raspberry Pi, its a tiny, inexpensive computer that is almost as powerful as a desktop. Google Raspberry Pi to see hundreds of things people have made with them – including robotics controllers, TV set-top boxes, arcade games, networking equipment, and home automation.
I’m going to make something with mine for my office – perhaps an information display of some kind – but I’m open to suggestions.