This page will be used to flesh out the idea of a Makership, similar to what LVL1 does: http://www.lvl1.org/makership/
(See also: http://www.orlandominimakerfaire.com/makership-application/ and if you find other links of interest, please add them.)
(Everything below is subject to change… consider this a dynamic document.)
The official Makership page is here: http://milwaukeemakerspace.org/makership/
The official Makership introduction post is here: http://milwaukeemakerspace.org/2012/05/mm-makership/
Milwaukee Makerspace is proud to be a part of Milwaukee and to provide a shared workspace where people can explore their passions in making and exploring things, whether it be art, technology, electronics, alternative energy, or rapid prototyping and fabrication. Our members are eager to share their skills and equipment with others, and we recognize that we learn better when we learn together, so we’re introducing a “makership” program, which will allow a local maker to become a full member though a sponsorship from the group.
For our first Makership, which will take place during the summer months, we'd like to offer the opportunity exclusively to college students. You'll see that one of the eligibility requirements is that the applicant must be a student currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution. Don't worry, we do plan to open this up to everyone (student or not) in the future. So if you don't meet the eligibility requirements this time around, check back next time!
A Makership at Milwaukee Makerspace consists of a full-time membership, which will give the awarded individual access to the space, its tools, and existing members. Besides helping the selected individual by sharing our skills and knowledge, we may be able to help acquire needed materials for proposed projects. The goal of our makership program is to give makers the things they need to get making!
We will award the Makership to applicants who can put together the best pitch for (1) what they want to make and (2) how they plan to do it. The project could be anything: an electronic device, an open source software/hardware project, a citizen science project, a project which benefits the community or non-profit organization, or (perhaps) a project we haven’t imagined. We want Milwaukee Makerspace to be the place where these things are made! Milwaukee Makerspace Makerships are open to anyone who could benefit from our community and resources to make something great.
A 3 month membership (cash equivalent value to $240 USD) at award start date.
Member rights include:
Interested in Applying? See the attached document.
The following criteria will inform the evaluation process. They are also meant to help applicants in crafting their applications. Judges will score proposals according to these criteria, but, they will also consider projects that show innovative and imaginative thinking.
Complete applications will include the four components detailed below. You can choose how best to present each component, but please address each as fully as possible. Email complete applications to: email@example.com.
Q: What if 2-3 people work together for a great project? Would that be accepted even though the Makership goes to 1 person?
A: Collaboration is fine! But, the Makership is only awarded to 1 person, so the application should be written by whomever is the PI (principal investigator) on the project. However as a member, you will have a key for 24×7 access to the space and can bring two guests at a time (as outlined in our membership agreement <http://milwaukeemakerspace.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/member_agreement.pdf>) to assist you with your project.
Q: If I am awarded the Makership and need help with my project, can I ask for other members’ help or will that disqualify me?
A: We encourage you to ask for help (from anyone, and at any point in the project) as the Milwaukee Makerspace values collaboration. It's common for members to help each other out, and as a fellow member, we're here to help you out.
Q: Is there a limit on how much I can spend? If I find a company to sponsor me, but keep the final project open, would that be allowed?
A: Nope, there’s no limit to how much additional funds you want to spend on the project. Spend as much of your own personal money or sponsored money as you need. Individual members may also be willing to help with funding or acquiring materials. (Some of us are quite skilled at acquiring materials!)
Q: Will the final project be taken apart for review of all internals or is it a work / fail project?
A: It’s a work / fail project. But if it works, we’d appreciate you showing us how it works. Ideally, you will be excited to show us how it works, as well as to write up instructions/information we could share with the world.
Q: Are there any limitations to size, power requirements, weight, etc?
A: There are limitations, but these will be determined by the scope of the project. If limitations become apparent in the proposal review, we can communicate them to the applicant and make changes as needed.
Q: Must the project be displayed onsite?
A: Not necessarily. But, the maker community values open sharing of knowledge. So, we would hope you would be willing to share your project through documentation, photos, blog posts, etc.
If you have additional questions, please email them to:firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee consists of the following members:
The committee will be in charge of the initial review of all applications, and the process of choosing the applicant to be awarded the Makership.
The committee will present to the group the various applicants either during a weekly meeting or another scheduled meeting. We want feedback from everyone who is interested in the Makership program to have a voice.