Designing Innovation: Hubs, Labs, and Maker Spaces

I want to thank all those that attended my presentation on Designing Innovation: Hubs, Labs, and Maker Spaces at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Pacific Regional Conference in Portland, Oregon. The pdf of the presentation is now available via the SCUP conference website. As promised, here are the images documenting your creative process! More photos are available via Twitter #scuppa15.

photo 1-2 photo 3-2 photo 5-4 photo 1-3 photo 4-5 photo 3-4 photo 5-5 photo 2-2 photo 2-3 photo 4-3 photo 2-4I’ve also received a couple of questions regarding the maker spaces, resources and literature that I referenced during the workshop. These questions are answered below.

1. Your session this morning was fun!  I was thinking it’d be fun to mimic your exercise in one of my team retreats — would you mind sharing what was in your “kit of parts”?

For my own little kit, I used:
1. Small foam multicoloured buttons and objects
2. Small multicoloured wooden shapes (circles, squares, triangles)
3. Multicoloured clay
4. Small round white stickers (check office supplies)
5. Multicoloured post-it notes (check office supplies)
6. Paper clips
7. Multicoloured craft card stock paper
8. Canvas material
9. Burlap material
10. White card stock
11. Multicoloured markers
12. Cork sheets

13. Small pom-poms

2. During the talk, you had mentioned a couple of higher ed makerspaces.  I’m wondering what the best ones you’ve seen are.  When I’ve done searches for case studies, I’m inundated with K-12 examples.  I would really appreciate it if you know of some Higher ed examples that are particularly inspiring.

Many of the institutions that presented at VentureWell Open 2015 are featured here:

If you click on the institution, there are links at the bottom that will guide you to their website and additional information about their MakerSpace.

For examples, check out:
Tufts University Jumbo Maker Studio.
SMU’s Innovation Gym.
Delta Innovation Labs.

Additional resources that may interest you:
Jos Boys: Towards Creative Learning Spaces: Re-thinking the Architecture of Post-Compulsory Education.
Jos Boys: Building Better Universities: Strategies, Spaces, Technologies.
Tim Ingold: Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture.
Iain Kerr: Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship.



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