Cracking 100 Members!

YuKonstruct is celebrating a milestone!  We recently cracked 100 members for the first time in our history.  This is evidence that yes, the Yukon wants a makerspace.
Becoming a member is easy to do online. You can go month to month and suspend/renew at any time.  Membership gives you unlimited access to the tools, expertise and space during open-hours.  Membership also gives you access to our popular ‘101’ equipment training sessions and discounts on our public workshops.

The magic of YuKonstruct is we are member-driven.  That means there are lots of ways to get involved as a member.  Check-out and participate on our Forum or join one of C.O.R.E. meetings, open to all members, to shape your makerspace.  Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6pm to 7pm at YuKonstruct.  All welcome; hope to see you there!

Thanks to all our members for making YuKonstruct what it is!

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YUKONSTRUCT MAKERSPACE SOCIETY LAUNCHED (CO)SPACE, A RALLYING POINT FOR GROWING THE YUKON’S ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITY

The society added a coworking space downtown, in a separate location from our Makerspace. (co)space is the productive, collaborative and community-driven space for members to do their work as freelancers, entrepreneurs or small businesses. Similar to YuKonstruct, a membership to (co)spaceprovides you access to a unique workspace. We offer amenities such as high speed internet, a productive work area, access to meeting rooms, and most importantly a community of awesome people.

The organization and its two spaces emerged quickly and organically thanks to the passion and hard work of a group of dedicated volunteers. The support of our generous sponsors and partnerships with community groups and businesses throughout the years have allowed us to grow and develop.

We’re growing – we have a new space called (co)space!

Did you know YuKonstruct is opening a shared community workspace in Whitehorse ?  We are!

It is called (co)space. We’re thrilled to use this new space as a way to able to help better support our vision to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit, and grow Yukon innovation and business by providing accessible shared space and programming.

(co)space is located downtown, in a separate location from our Makerspace, and will be available to anyone who would like a productive, collaborative and community-driven space in which to do their work as a freelancer, entrepreneur or small business. Similar to YuKonstruct, a membership to (co)space will provide you access to (a new) space while offering amenities such as high speed internet, a productive work area, access to meeting rooms, and most importantly a community of awesome people.

In addition, (co)space will provide members with a wealth of supportive and informative programming and exciting and fun events, made possible with generous funding from the Yukon Government’s Department of Economic Development Department. We are also extremely grateful for the support received from MPIG Holdings, StartUp Canada and a huge army of volunteers who have helped for the past month to get (co)space renovated and ready to launch.

awesome volunteers!

More details will be coming soon!  Please follow the dedicated (co)space Twitter and Facebook pages if you would like to stay up to date.

 

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Also please join us at our first (co)space & YuKonstruct joint event!  With the support of YG Economic Development we’ve partnered with Startup Canada to create an awesome program for their FREE 1-day conference for anyone interested in entrepreneurship. Register online to reserve your seat for November 7.

 

Want to get involved? Have questions?

There are lots of ways to get involved in this project, if you’re interested in helping us build this space please get in touch ([email protected]). Any volunteer hours you contribute will count towards the 10 hours / month needed to get your YuKonstruct membership for just $5!

Also checkout the (co)space website: http://cospacenorth.com

Reflecting on Year 1

It’s hard to believe YuKonstruct officially opened its doors one year ago.  Where have we come from?

 

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In a year we have transitioned from a start-up to a fully functioning organization.
The numbers:
  • We have hovered around 80 full-time members, at one point cracking 100.
  • We have dozens of committed and passionate volunteers.
  • We have facilitated over 60 events.
  • We have hosted over 700 person-visits.
Today, we have a positive brand that represents creativity, positivity, and making things happen.  We are being approached by other not-for-profits, governments, and companies because they see YuKonstruct as a vehicle for potential.
Our community has been very generous.  We owe particular thanks to our funders and supporters:  Yukon Government Economic Development, Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Yukon College.  We also owe thanks for our corporate partners such as Northwestel, Home Hardware, What’s Up Yukon, Yukon Brewing, and many others.  We would like to particularly recognize the Technology and Telecommunications Development Directorate Team at Economic Development who have championed our cause and helped us from Day 1.

 

humble beginningsBut support also comes in other forms, particularly sweat equity.  You can have all the funding, the tools, the space…but without the people, you have nothing.  So, to the people who believed in us and supported us along the way, thank you.  To the volunteers who have put in countless hours, thank you.  I would particularly like to recognize those who regularly show-
up at CORE Team meetings, site-moderators, those who have contributed to building the space, to the Board, and to our staff.
On reflection, I think part of our success is our culture.  Fundamentally, we trust each other and as builders, believe that everyone is ‘building’ in their own way towards a better organization and a more creative, confident, and entrepreneurial Yukon.  Trust in each other is something we have built and should protect.
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I also believe our unique governance structure plays a large part in our success.  We have two overlapping bodies – the Board of Directors and a CORE team (open to all members) – that work together.  The Board takes on administrative aspects of the organization and attempts to remove barriers so that the CORE Team, which directs operations, can perform freely.  To be sure, there have been growing pains but our fundamental trust in each other and attempt for fluid and transparent communication has kept us afloat.
Everyday, I am witnessing the creativity that is in all of us.  When given the tools, the knowledge, and the confidence to make (and, yes, ‘break’) anything, amazing things happen.  For individuals and for our community.

 

Here’s to an exciting year 2!

Instructables Makerspace Contest Update

The official results of the Instructables Makerspace Contest were announced on September 8, 2015. YuKonstruct finished third  out of 49 makerspaces from around the world,  just two instructables short of the group prizes!

YuKonstruct’s final contest entry included 252 step-by-step instructables, written over a three month period, from June 1 to August 31. Volunteers rallied at the end to publish 150 projects in the last week alone, but it was not enough to overtake the winners, Coventry Makerspace in the U.K. and Brain Trust, a makerspace team from Ohio.

The response from the Yukon community of makers was fantastic. The results are proof that we can compete on a level with makerspaces in communities more than 10 times our size!

 

 

YuKonstruct would like to thank the 35 volunteers who contributed to YuKonstruct’s contest entry. The full collection of projects is available at: http://www.instructables.com/id/YuKonstruct-Makerspace-Contest-Entries/

 

YuKonstruct members on Instructables:

licheness

ThomasJ1

Loblaw

ModMischief

anlek

girlsinthehall

Donjek

peekabooo

gpiwowar

BackyardSpruce

Yukon Seann

vipercmd

Moose Dr

Pheiso

drqwrx

nohltoli

hacker-cycle

steve.sorochan

yukonlele

larsbar

sunnyjim444

1hylander

lukearthur

cjmj

Members who contributed projects:

Inaugural Annual General Meeting

Thank you to all our members who attended our first AGM!  About 30 members came out to discuss and approve our bylaws and elect a new Board of Directors.  We wrapped up with a fabulous BBQ!

The Board and members are sad to see Rick Steele and Lisa Kanary leave the Board but are grateful for all their hard work.  However, we are pleased to welcome both Bob Sharp and Amy Law as our newest Board members!
Returning Board members include Jody Woodland, Andrew Kalek, Glenn Piwowar, Seamus Venasse and myself, John Glynn-Morris.  Thank you all!

The coming year looks to be an exciting one.  At this point, the Board in conjunction with the Core Team will focus on smoother operations, expanding to have three staff members, and explore alternative locations as part of a larger strategic planning exercise.

YuKonstruct will continue to depend heavily on volunteers to remain meaningful to the community and function smoothly.  And that is the beauty of YuKonstruct: it is bigger than any one person or group of people.  It is a community.

Here’s to an exciting year!

Keyless Entry!

Logan, our facilities manager, and a dedicated bunch of volunteers have been working hard to get our keyless entry system in place for June 1st.

We’re cutting back on moderated hours over the summer, but this new door system will allow members with safety training more access than ever before, since they will no longer need to have a site moderator on hand to open up the makerspace.

 

The summer hours were determined based on survey responses and volunteer availability.

June 1 to August 31

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 3 pm – 9 pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Sunday: 3 pm – 9 pm

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New Additions

It’s exciting times at YuKonstruct!

We recently added two new 3D printers and more square footage.

Mojo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mojo 3D Printer

The Mojo is a professional quality, easy to use extruder 3D printer.

Form 1+

 

Form 1+ High Resolution 3D Printer

The Form 1+‘s  high precision optical system directs a laser across a tank of liquid resin, solidifying layers as thin as 25 microns!

Shipping Containers

Shipping Containers

These two sea cans will add more storage and work space to our location!

 

Thank you CanNor for providing funding to improve to our facilities!

65 Members Strong!

Yukonstruct has reached 65 paying members!

Not a small accomplishment considering we’re barely a year old in a small local population. This is proof Yukon is a creative community with people learning new skills, building new things, where innovation and entrepreneurship grows.

Universities are noticing, Syracuse University Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost Liz Liddy sees great promise and potential in Makerspace saying how they are “a valuable resource for nurturing students’ personal intellectual discovery, self-education, and entrepreneurial spirit.” Makerspaces are becoming increasingly relevant due to significant changes in “what types of skillsets have real, applicable value in a rapidly advancing world” writes the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Higher Education Edition as it concludes Makerspaces will have a profound impact on higher education within the next five years.”

Regardless of your background or intended destination I encourage you to check out Yukonstruct at 135 Industrial Road and perhaps join this movement and ignite that Yukon creativity.

One year ago today…

Happy 2015 Yukon Makers! I figure this is a good time to reflect on where we’ve come from and where we are going.

Amazing to think YuKonstruct was barely an idea a year ago. Today, we have a space, tons of cool tools (with more coming), a thriving and growing membership, and a small army of passionate volunteers working tirelessly to realize our collective dream for YuKonstruct. The result is a coalescence of a creative community where people are learning new skills, building new things, and in some cases developing new products. What does this mean? It means YuKonstruct is becoming the symbol and vehicle for creativity, skill-development, community-building, innovation and entrepreneurship.

When we look back, we note January 15th last year when over 230 Yukoners showed up to the first YuKonstruct event to share cool projects, a passion for making, and a collective will to create the first makerspace north of 60. A ‘Core Team’ of over a dozen dedicated volunteers emerged becoming the driving force behind YuKonstruct. YuKonstruct became an official Society, launched a balloon into space, hosted Hacking Health, and found a space before the summer. In September we opened the doors of our 135 Industrial Road location with a full slate of weekly workshops and built the membership to over 80 makers, with over 100 others participating in various workshops. YuKonstruct was also invited to speak at Air North’s infamous annual business after-hours where it show-cased the 3-D laser-cut planes built for Winterval. Throughout the year, volunteers worked to successfully solicit funding and support from a variety of government and private supporters.

So where are we heading? From here our initial focus is to continue building our membership, offering a range of great workshops, increasing our tool-base, and ensuring we create a sustainable and well-run organization. We are also keeping our eyes on future opportunities for sustainable growth, creative partnerships, and wicked events that ignite the creativity in every Yukoner.

I would like to make a special thanks to all the volunteers who continue to poor countless hours into our collective dream. I would also like to thank all of our funders who took a risk by supporting our passion and believing in the potential of YuKonstruct. Your investments are paying off. And thanks to our membership: ultimately, it’s people that make our dream the success it is.

Here’s to making 2015 the year we make YuKonstruct the household-name for creativity, innovation, and “yes, that’s possible”.

Yours,
John Glynn-Morris

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