Report Out: First Meet-Up of 2014


Thanks to all who joined us!
We had a great kick-off to the year with a well-attended and lively meeting of Makers, bringing new energy to the group as we continue to form ourselves up with a strong sense of purpose and clear direction.

  • Seeking Consultant to Lead Growth of Oakland Makers
  • Supporting Creative Re-use of Bay Bridge Steel
  • Oakland’s Tool Lending Library Needs Your Ideas
  • Maker Impact Summit Report
  • Laney College’s Innovative Manufacturing Classes

Oakland Makers Need a Start-Up Leader Is it you?

Oakland Makers is a newly-formed, member-based enterprise that requires early-stage leadership in order to accomplish it’s first year goals. We are looking for a non-profit organizational consultant to:

  • Articulate a clear one-year action plan to help establish the organization.
  • Working with founding members and other volunteers, lead the implementation of that plan.

A detailed posting for the position will be available shortly on the Oakland Makers website, To express interest and receive a copy of the posting, email
Support Creative Re-Use! is a group of architects, designers, artists, lawyers, engineers, historians, educators, and visionaries who support the creative re-use of the steel in our local communities in the form of public art and civic installations, from public furniture to bus shelters and things we haven’t even thought of yet! Our goal is to submit 3500 signatures of support to the appropriate governing agencies and ensure our voices are considered in the planning process. Please join us in supporting the creative re-use of Bay Bridge steel to inspire our local communities and celebrate our history by clicking HERE and adding your name to the hundreds of community members who care.

Maker Impact Summit
Report Out


The Maker Impact Summit was a 2 day convening of some of the Maker Movements thought leaders on the current and future impact of makers on the global economy. Attendees represented federal and local government, manufacturers, business executives, educators, investors, and makers. The core conversation was to examine how the maker movement might impact different areas of our society, including education, employment, manufacturing, urban and rural populations, and market power.
We hope to publish the results of that meeting and the continuing conversation in a white paper in May 2014.

Laney College Offers Innovative New Class
Digital Fabrication


This semester Laney College launched a pilot class: Digital Fabrication. This class is an exploration into the growing industry that is referred to as Digital Fabrication or Advanced Manufacturing. Students have been brought together from multiple disciplines to design, fabricate and assemble a structure with the use of CNC robotics that will be installed on campus. The course relies upon collaboration with multiple industry partners in order to provide students with the richest experience possible. Lessons learned from this class will be utilized to design and create similar courses and potentially an entire program focused on Digital Fabrication. Please contact Danny Beesley,, for more details.

Oakland’s Tool Lending Library
Seeks Maker Space Proposals


Oakland’s Tool Lending Library has long outgrown its tiny space in the basement of the Temescal Library Branch. A larger space with more parking would let us make better use of inventory and staffing, and loan more tools to more people, with similar costs. A

 request is being made for a one-time expenditure to fund the relocation; we’ve proposed that the City find a location large enough to house the TLL along with an adjacent community workspace, maker space and classroom. The City would renovate and operate the entire space, but manage only the tool lending side. The community workspace/makerspace would be managed by one or more community organizations, at below market rent (or even free). We need fairly specific proposals for a 2,000– 3,000 sq. ft. community workspace. Send your proposals to Jon Eldan,