slack-imgs.com Last week a 14-year-old boy brought a tech project to school setting off a wave of controversy. He is a Maker and he wanted to show his teacher a fun thing he put together. The resulting reaction was typical of today’s Internet praise and outrage cycle. On one side the Maker community has banded together to show the boy that his desire to build was important. On the other side, some… Read More

14-Year-Old Boy Arrested For Bringing Homemade Clock To School

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 4.28.23 AM A 14-year-old boy in Irving, Texas named Ahmed Mohamed was taken into police custody after he brought a homemade clock to school. The boy, who, according to a piece in the Dallas Morning News, “makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart,” wanted to show is engineering teacher his handiwork. School officials originally thought his clock was a bomb and now are simply calling it… Read More

Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing”

shutterstock_175861367 Makers have long been known as hobbyists or tinkers. However, with increased access to professional-grade tools, the maker movement is transforming business as usual. Through collaboration and connectivity, makers are inspiring innovation on a daily basis with the creation of smart gadgets, machines, robots and wearables. Read More

Makers: Pitch At Make It In Brooklyn In June, Gain Fortune And Glory

ToDsankararetrieval_large Everyone knows that Brooklyn is where it’s at (because I happen to live there) but did you know it’s also home to some amazing makers? We want to feature some of these fearless creators at Make It In Brooklyn event on June 25 and we want you to pitch. Five finalists in the Tech and Maker category will be chosen – think of Tech as apps and services and Maker as hardware… Read More

TC Makers: We Learn How MarkForged Prints Unbreakable Objects

MarkForged Mark One We first met the folks at MarkForged at CES where they showed us their printer that could create objects that were nearly unbreakable. By weaving carbon fiber between layers of plastic, the team made some of the coolest 3D printed objects we’ve ever seen. I went to Boston where we met MarkForged’s founder Greg Mark who walked us through his workshop from start to finish. There we… Read More

Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

5084826919_2e836b9e42_o Matt Burns wrote about a situation at his son’s school last week that could have happened almost anywhere in the United States. The school had organized a career day, and his son, who is seven years old, told his teachers he wanted to be a video game designer one day. His teacher’s response was not to be enthusiastic, but rather to dismiss the goal, saying that his son should… Read More