Starting a Makerspace in Greenville, SC
Towards the end of 2012, I was living in Greenville, SC working as a business manager and field engineer for National Instruments. In order to network with other creatives and have a place to work on fun projects with people, I started pitching the idea of a community technology lab that evolved into the Greenville Makers Group.
The way we started was:
- Talking about the project all the time to people who would listen
- Pitching the idea for feedback at a local coworking office
- Creating a meetup group, regular email list, and posting on the listing pages for hackerspaces
- Reaching out to people who had tried to do this previously and other tech related groups in the area (linux meetups, robotics etc)
- Setting a regular meeting time that people could rely on
- Eventually voting on officers to split up some of the load and drive growth
- Financial person to manage membership dues and expenses
- President/Vice President to drive meetings
- Social person to drive events and outreach
Within a year we had over 40 people paying monthly dues, a space downtown and had numerous articles written about us and had been featured on the news as well as presented projects at the regional TEDx event. It was a great experience to bring people together and make something happen and CoWork Greenville was super helpful in getting it off the ground. Unfortunately after I moved the group has disbanded due to some management and space troubles.