WASHINGTON, D.C. and AUGUSTA, GA— August 26, 2016 —The Peach State was well represented at the Makerspace Organizers Meeting convened by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
A total of 13 Georgians, representing makerspaces from across the state attend the event, joining approximately 200 other makerspace organizers from around the country. The day consisted of lightning talks from different makerspace organizers, presentations from multiple government agencies on ways to engage the federal government for funding makerspace initiatives, as well as workshops and round table discussions on how to grow the maker movement throughout the country.
“The White House is really recognizing the importance of makerspaces in STEM education and in the development of new technology products and companies”, says Augusta’s Eric R. Parker, ATDC Augusta Startup Catalyst, Cofounder and Board Chair of theClubhou.se in Augusta, GA.
Founded in 2012, theClubhou.se provides low cost space and equipment for coworking, prototyping, and business incubation. The organization is a self-sustaining non-profit that currently has around 70 members and 6 corporate partners. It has supported over 50 technology startups in Software, Robotics, Health I.T., and Cyber Security, since its founding.
As a volunteer run organization with one employee, theClubhou.se has built free internet for underserved communities in Augusta, provided experiential STEM learning opportunities for over 1,000 youth in the region, developed Sumo Robot League (http://SumoRobotLeague) a low cost robotics education platform used in 6 states, and is creating a $5,000,000 annual economic impact through member companies.
Learn more at www.theclubhou.se