“Makerspaces help a community to think, imagine and collaboratively create the future we want.”

– Clint LeClaire, River City Labs, Peoria, IL


What is a makerspace?

Makerspaces and hackerspaces have been the center of attention in business, political, and academic research circles in recent years. Makerspaces are widely defined as “community-operated physical places where people can meet and work on their projects.

The purpose and layout of each makerspace depends on the particular needs and goals of those who use it. Central to the concept is a sharing of space, technology, equipment, knowledge and expertise.

There are a number of existing and developing makerspace groups in the region meeting different needs in their communities. Several were represented at the meeting, including Northwood School Innovation Center of Lake Placid, which focuses on technology and education, and the Hub on the Hill, a community food processing and marketing facility in Essex, NY. Bluseed Studios of Saranac Lake, which offers space for making various arts and crafts, is another local example of what makerspaces can look like.

Check out this video to learn more about the concept: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLEJLOB6fDw


Existing Makerspaces/Hackerspaces in the Adirondack North Country as well as those that are being planned or envisioned:

Let us know if you have a space to add at anca@adirondack.org.


Additional Resources to Explore:


Makerspace: Make Community | Jamie Leben | TEDxFrontRange

Is it a Hackerspace or a Makerspace?

​How to Create a Makerspace

Houston Makerspace

Public Media: Juneau Makerspace moves into new community workspace

What is a Makerspace? (Whiteboard Video)





Other Resources:

So you want to create a Makerspace… http://artisansasylum.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Make-a-Makerspace-W…
Libraries: http://www.carsonblock.com/resources/



Past Event

Want to learn what a Hackerspace/Makerspace is? Already know but want to explore establishing or getting involved with one (or more) in the region?

Makerspaces and hackerspaces have been the center of attention in business, political, and academic research circles in recent years.

A network of tinkerers, hobbyists, professionals, business owners, and public officials will be coming together to explore the idea of a rural “community of making” and what that could look like in the North Country. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary to participate as we welcome all to come learn and share. Please join this short presentation and discussion on November 9th from 7-8:30 PM at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake.

Event Date: November 9, 2016

Hours: 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm

Venue: Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake, NY

Cost: FREE FOR ATTENDEES but we encourage you to register by clicking here so we can prepare appropriately.

Watch this video to get a taste of what it could be. More information is available on our Facebook page.

Co-hosted by: Adirondack Foundation, Adirondack North Country Association, GreatRange, The Hub on the Hill, Pendragon Theatre, and Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce