Results of the 2017 Instructables Makerspace Contest

The official results of the 2017 Instructables Makerspace Contest were announced this week.

The website hosting the contest, Instructables.com, is a place where makers can document their projects and share instructions on how to make everything from simple recipes to complicated technology. The goal of the makerspace contest was to document as many projects as possible with step-by-step instructions (instructables).

This year 74 makerspace teams from around the world competed for over $50,000 in prizes, including a laser cutter, 3D printers and CNC machines.

YuKonstruct’s team finished in 14th place!

After last year’s first place finish, our members took it a bit easier this summer but still achieved a very respectable placement amid the large pool of competitors. YuKonstruct’s team published a total of 26 instructables, 22 of which were featured. Featured instructables are selected by the website’s editors and recognize well-documented projects of a high quality.

For publishing over 15 featured instructables, the makerspace has won a prize pack including a Dremel 2000-01 Versa Tip Precision Butane Soldering Torch.

Projects by YuKonstruct’s Team

YuKonstruct’s projects ranged from easy camping hacks to custom made furniture, from a giant fictional bird to a laser-engraved stone platter. Check out the full collection at https://www.instructables.com/id/2017-Makerspace-Contest-Entries/

 

Meet the Makers: Bob

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our makerspace.  Bob is a member of YuKonstruct’s Board of Directors and an experienced maker. Read on to learn about his thoughts on the makerspace and be sure to check out some of the inspiring projects on his Instructables account.

Bob, what’s your role at YuKonstruct?
I have been a member, an instructor for a number of workshops and have been on the Board for three years.

Why did you join YuKonstruct?
I like to make things, try new things and work with others so Yukonstruct is the kind of place for me.

What do you like to make?
I like to make things that that serve a useful purpose and provide value to others.

What has been your favourite project so far?
Possibly the greenhouse assembly or the bent shaft paddles. Both provided challenges and both had many positive outcomes! Bob making good use of one of his bent shaft canoe paddles[/caption]

Update from the Board

It’s been 3 months since the current Board of Directors was elected at the Annual General Meeting on June 7, 2017, and you may be wondering what the Board has been up to.

Committees Established

As mentioned at the AGM, a key goal of the strategic plan is to clarify decision making structures and the previous Board recommended that we establish a series of committees. We have done that by creating the following committees:

  • Executive Committee
    Chair: President Jenn 
    Board Members: Vice-President Glenn 
    Staff: Executive Director

  • Finance Committee
    Chair: Treasurer Chris O 
    Staff: Yukonstruct Bookkeeper, Executive Director

  • Governance Committee
    Chair: Ksenia
    Board Members: John, Chris L
    Staff: Executive Director

  • Marketing and Fundraising Committee
    Chair: Chris L
    Board Members: Ksenia, Bob 
    Staff: Programming and Communications Director

  • (co)Space Committee
    Chair: Jenn
    Board Members: Chris O, John
    Staff: (co)space Director
    Community Members: 2 (co)space members to be selected

  • Makerspace Committee
    Chair: Bob
    Board Members: Mary Ellen, Chris L
    Staff: Makerspace Director
    Community Members: 2 makerspace members to be selected

The purpose of the committees is to advise the Board of Directors, and not to be decision making bodies. Committees will gather information and prepare recommendations for the Board.

The chairmanship of the committees will alternate between Board members every 3 months. The Chair is responsible for bringing information to the Board and members, setting the committee meeting schedule and agenda, and presenting recommendations to the Board.

The Board will be reviewing the committee structure in December and making changes as necessary for the new year.

Makerspace Committee Seeking Community Members

The Makerspace Committee is currently seeking two community members to join the committee.

Because both YuKonstruct and (co)space are designed to support the passions and aspirations of their members, it is essential for members to have a strong voice in the decisions and operations of the organization.
(Strategic Plan 2016-2019)

Joining the Makerspace Committee is an opportunity for makerspace members to have a say in the matters that matter to them. The community members will be advising the Board on decisions that affect the makerspace including hours, membership fees, training and services to members.

Committee member commitment:

  • 1 meeting per month 1.5-2hrs

  • Commitment to sit on the committee until the next AGM (usually held in May or June)

  • Serve as a conduit for face-to-face communication with members-at-large. Filling this role may include having your profile added to the ‘Our Team’ webpage as a representative of the committee.

If you would like to take part, please email [email protected]yukonstruct.com. Include your contact info with a personal introduction and why you would like to join the makerspace committee as a community representative. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 13th at 5pm.

The next Makerspace Committee meeting will be held September 15th at 5:30pm at the makerspace.

Progress on New Location

As Colin, the outgoing Co-Chair, mentioned at the AGM, securing a new location to house both the makerspace and coworking spaces together has been one of the organization’s goals for some time.

The Board is currently looking into options for new facilities that may also include an incubator space which would be a hub for innovation.

Branding

The Board is working with Aasman Brand Communications to look at ways to create a more cohesive brand identity for the YuKonstruct Makerspace Society, which includes both the YuKonstruct makerspace and the (co)space coworking space.

Looking for more details?

See the full minutes from Board meetings on the forum: http://forum.yukonstruct.com/c/governance-and-board-minutes