The Maker Map

The Maker Map is an open source project to map all of the maker spaces in the U.S. Currently it only shows maker spaces in the bay area. Help to change this by including the makerspaces and hackerspaces that you know in your local community. Help to make this an incredible resource for...

Innovation Clusters

Historic Innovation Clusters Throughout history there have been groups of individuals who have formed innovation clusters.  These clusters were comprised of people who hung out together, debated issues, held shows or symposiums, and cross promoted their events and efforts. They happen in...

Why make a “Made in The...

I’ve heard almost every criticism in the book, when I tell people that Edtric Corp. is making a “Made in The USA” Arduino® UNO R3 clone in partnership with Cascade Systems Technology. You can find the USAduino® on our edtrication website. Let us visit three of my favorite...

America Unleashed

I have a manufacturing background, so this subject is dear to my heart. I’ve personally witnessed, and been impacted by, the ebb of America’s production capabilities and decline in our competitiveness as a manufacturing powerhouse over these last 15 or so years. The following article...

Brad Feld on The Boulde...

Recently in the MIT Technology Review, an Article called “The Next Silicon Valley” took a look at the factors that go into creating entrepreneurial clusters: high growth, innovation areas. It referenced a concept by Brad Feld, called the Boulder Thesis, which outlines four...

You Have an Idea, Now W...

You Have an Idea, Now What? If you’re the creative type, you have a head full of ideas and no clue what to do with them.  Perhaps you have asked a friend or two if they think it is a good idea, and everyone you know has been very positive and supportive, but you still don’t know what...