What is the Maker Network?

The Maker Network is about helping Makers and Makerspaces thrive and evolve into an interconnected ecosystem of skills, tools, resources, and ideas. We want to see the maker movement flourish all over the world, and believe that the tools to do so look something like this.

Are you looking for the right tool for your project, and want to reserve it from your phone? You can do that. Are you looking to keep track of all the tools and members in your space? You can do that too. Want to keep a record of your projects and share them with your social network? Got it. Want to find a brilliant maker to be your mentor? Now you can. You want to share what you know with your community? Check. Looking for collaborators with a certain skill set for a big project? Done.

We also get that every Makerspace is different, and there's no one-size-fits-all solution, so we're building this around an open API model, so that if you want to use the tools we're making differently, it's easy to do so and share that new functionality with the community. Makers aren't much for off-the-shelf solutions to problems, so instead we're trying to offer a robust and flexible set of tools for managing spaces, tracking projects, finding and reserving tools, and connecting with everything you need to make anything you can imagine.

 

 

“Makers are seeking an alternative to being regarded as consumers, rejecting the idea that you are defined by what you buy. Instead, makers have a sense of what they can do and what they can learn to do. Like artists, they are motivated by internal goals, not extrinsic rewards. They are inspired by the work of others. Most importantly, they do not wait until the future to create and make. They feel an urgency to do something now — or lose the opportunity to do it at all.” - Dale Dougherty, Make Magazine Founder

Meet the team

 

The Maker Network team comes together from the challenging and intense world of large-scale art and event production. We make immersive, interactive art, we create event infrastructure, and use cutting edge and antique technology to drive interactivity. We are united by the belief that the Maker movement is one of the most vital creative movements in the world today, and that we can make it easier for people to learn, make, and collaborate with and be inspired by each other.

 

Nathan Parker
Founder, Lead Product Designer, Project Manager

Nathan's background in event production, project management, and large-scale art installation lead him to, and emerged from his love of makerspaces and the potential of the maker movement. An autodidact and jack of all trades, world traveler, Burner and tinkerer, he believes in the power of human imagination and cooperation, working with head, heart and hands, to make the world a better place.
 

 

Kyle Sorus
Lead Software Developer, CTO

An artist and maker, programmer and Burner, Kyle has a genius for designing systems that he applies to making art as well as information architecture and software engineering. 

Our Vision

Make. Learn. Share. Play. Participate. Grow.

These are the tenets of the Maker Movement, and we at the Maker Network believe in this vision with everything we’ve got. We see Makerspaces as the emerging centers of innovation in a world desperately in need of new solutions, for problems ranging from the mundane to existential threats to our species. We see the democratization of design and manufacturing, the growth of citizen science, and the return of hands-on learning and skills acquisition.  We envision a world where these centers are networked together, functioning as nodes and synapses in an open, collaborative web.

To this end, we are lowering barriers for Makers to connect with the tools and resources they need. We are creating a platform for creation, collaboration, and education. We help Makerspaces run efficiently and in a financially viable manner, and leveraging current hobbyist infrastructure into a viable career path for independent makers. We are working towards a system for universalizing tool permissions, allowing more fluid movement of people and ideas between spaces. We want to provide anyone with the desire, the ability to find everything they need to create whatever they can imagine. If you want to make something, we want to make that happen.

We are making the curious into the capable.