Crowd funding is a nice and democratic way of raising money for something that you are passionate about. That's why we have created a PledgeMe campaign to raise funds for our first piece of equipment for the MakePlace.
Hold on.. What is the MakePlace?
Reading the comments on the Post that I had written a little while back on how to retain young talent in the bay (Read post here) I decided that just writing about it wouldn't cut the mustard. I would have to come up with a solution that at least changes the small world around myself a little bit.
So I thought about how I could use my interests and experience to come up with a good small step towards changing things a little.
What I came up with is to setup a place that in itself could create challenges, lets people find solutions and could be a small generator of start up businesses. We called it the MakePlace.
The MakePlace will be a place in Napier where you can come to meet, learn and build (almost) anything. Think of it as a gym that you join, but instead of using the equipment to exercise your body, you use them to create and make. In other words, it is a place to make your own..
The MakePlace is a shared urban workshop (also known as a hackerspace, makerspace, fablab) where everyone is invited to work and create. The people that become members of our MakePlace are inventors, entrepreneurs, makers, hackers, tinkerers, artists and arts and crafts enthusiasts. They learn new skills from those alongside them and collaborate on projects they could not do alone. We would facilitate Art, Science, Technology and all other types of creative enterprise to happen at our urban workshop by giving access to the space and the tools in our facility.
Learn more about the MakePlace on our website.
Back to the PledgeMe campaign..
PledgeMe is the local New Zealand based alternative to sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. It is a great platform to raise funds but also to raise awareness.
Through the campaign we are raising money for a 3D printer. You must have seen these incredible machines on TV or on the Interweb. It is a machine with which you can essentially create any shape object you can think of and print it straight from the computer. It has great potential and we want to give access to one of these great machines to the local Hawkes Bay people.
So please visit and share the PledgeMe campaign so that we can start making the MakePlace a reality!
For any queries, comments or questions, please comment below or use the contact form on the makeplace.co.nz website.