Who: Maker Network
When: Winter 2015 and Summer 2015
Tracey Nguyen is a final year student at RMIT studying a Masters in Design Innovation and Technology. Her research into Melbourne's maker culture revealed a lack of connectivity between all types of makers, and spaces supporting makers around Melbourne and its neighbouring communities. So she approached RHoK to see if we could help develop a way of connecting maker spaces to each other and the wider community.
During the Melbourne 2015 Winter Hackathon the team was able to leverage her original work on a maker map prototype and replaced the backend of an existing open source system for robustification of data source, providing a platform for growth. Options were added for resource sharing of materials and skills. The team came back for the Summer 2015 hackathon, where they made some further improvements, and future plans are in place for a clearer categorisation of resources, and the integration of other platforms for events and content.