Upper Valley Makers Fall 2014

Maker News & Happenings in the Upper Valley

Updated Fall 2014 Newsletter

There's a long history of "making" right here in the Upper Valley, and the movement is building momentum. Stay connected to the Upper Valley MakerSpace, Claremont MakerSpace and other maker happenings including upcoming events, activities, workshops, and job opportunities around the area. If you have something to include in this digital newsletter, share it with us at: newsletter@uppervalleymakers.org
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Upper Valley MakerSpace Update - Oh what a busy year it has been!

It has been just under a year since the first Upper Valley MakerSpace meetup took place in Lebanon, and so much has happened since then! We want to bring you up to date on the fantastic progress that we've made so far:

  • We have the opportunity to create to operate not one, but two MakerSpaces right here in the Upper Valley.

  • TwinState MakerSpaces, Inc. has been incorporated as a New Hampshire not-for-profit company, and it will be the parent organization of both MakerSpaces.

  • TwinState MakerSpaces has received our federal 501c3 non-profit designation. All donations made to support your MakerSpace are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We will be starting our public fundraising efforts shortly, and appreciate any and all support of whatever size and nature.

  • We are in the process of acquiring an amazing building right in downtown Claremont. The Sawtooth building will be the home of the Claremont MakerSpace, and we are so excited to be have the opportunity to put this beautiful historic building back into use.

  • We are doing feasibility analysis on the rear of the historic Vermont Salvage building in downtown White River Junction, VT with the hopes of making it our home for our The Upper Valley MakerSpace.

  • Both projects have a lot of hurdles to overcome, but we're hopeful that we can open both MakerSpaces by summer 2015.

  • We’ve hired our first employee! Josh Bushueff joins us as Assistant Director. Learn more about Josh in the next article.

  • Community response and support to the Upper Valley MakerSpace and Claremont MakerSpace has well exceeded our expectations. We've talked with hundreds of interested people at outreach events like the Upper Valley HomeLife Expo, SolarFest Mini Maker Faire and Claremont's Birthday in the Bricks celebration. Both the City of Claremont and the Town of Hartford have been wonderful to work with on these projects, and we are looking forward to being part of both of these wonderful communities.

Stay tuned for more news on the progress of the Upper Valley MakerSpace and Claremont MakerSpace including how you can get more involved, events and activities, membership options and how you can help bring them both to life.
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Introducing Josh Bushueff, Assistant Director of TwinState MakerSpaces

Originally from Sunapee, NH, Josh Bushueff has spent the last six years in New York City and Los Angeles, working professionally in cinema and photography industries as both a freelancer and business owner. Concurrently, Josh has been actively involved in creative ventures including animation, sculpture, wood-working, curation, and audio production; working alongside top personnel in many fields. His passion for the arts, coupled with a keen interest in experiential education and the inquiry driven, D.I.Y. spirit, has aligned Josh with the maker movement and drawn him back to the East Coast to join the UVMS team. Josh is an avid rock climber, a patient fisherman, an enthusiast of all music/sound making devices, and a completely novice brewer.

Local Maker Happenings

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Is CNBC looking for you? Big Fish Casting is casting a new series for CNBC called “Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” based on a UK show of the same name. You can watch full episodes of the British version on YouTube right now.

On the show, two expert mechanical engineer and product development hosts help inventors build/create/modify/perf­ect their prototype and then the inventor can pitch his/her invention to a panel of investors!

Big Fish is looking for inventors who have a patented or patent-pending invention and a basic prototype, CAD model or sketches. It should be an invention that needs R&D and a prototype. If this sounds like you, or if you're interested in learning more, contact:

Charisse Simonian

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Starting October 3, teams of junior high and high school students and adults have three weeks to write, direct and star in their own five-minute mini horror masterpieces through Halloweenothon at the Hop! The finished films will premier live in a gala showcase over two nights in the Loew Auditorium. Cash prizes and awards will be given out for the best film, director and actors—as well as a few wild cards, including Best Scream!
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Curious about what goes on at Burlington's Generator MakerSpace? Our monthly social events are an opportunity for you to check out the space and talk to the studio members and staff. The next Third Thursday Social Hours at the Generator is on October 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there! RSVP on Facebook and share the event with your friends!

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CraftAlive! 2014 is a benefit for the League of NH Craftsmen, including a silent auction, craft demonstration theatres, seasonal light fare and desserts, and craft beer and wine. Save the date for this special event: Sunday, October 19 from 5-8:30 PM in the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.

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What Is Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is coming to the Upper Valley

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Startup Weekend is going to be held at the new DEN innovation center on Currier Place in Hanover on October 24-26. More information is available at http://www.up.co/communities/usa/new-hampshire/startup-weekend/4371

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The American Precision Museum’s 15th annual Model Engineering Show will be held on Saturday, October 25th, from 9:00 AM -4:00 PM at the Windsor Recreation Center and the museum. The Model Engineering Show is an October tradition in the Upper Valley with the opportunity to see some of New England’s best model engineers with their fine craftsmanship and engineering excellence. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Call 802-674-5781 for more details and to find out how you can enter.

About Us

This newsletter is for Makers of all kinds—artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, and weekend tinkerers—to stay connected to Maker happenings in the Upper Valley. If you have ideas, suggestions, or something to include in a future issue of the Upper Valley Maker Newsletter, let us know!