Crowdfunding / Makerspaces

Baltimore Hackerspace just launched a crowdfunding campaign to stay afloat

The East Baltimore hackerspace wants to stay open. Rising bills are making that more difficult.

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Baltimore Hackerspace is pulling out all the stops in an effort to get financially solvent.
They even found Morgan Freeman:

Well, jk, it’s actually an impersonator.
In all seriousness, though, the six-year-old East Baltimore hackerspace, located in an industrial park off Route 40, is facing rising rent and utilities. At the same time, several longtime members left all at once for a number of reasons. As a result, the space is eight members short of being financially stable, said Baltimore Hackerspace President Michael Hammond.
To raise the money, the organization launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo with a goal of raising $5,000.
Support by Aug. 27
Hammond said members at the space have been churning out electric vehicles, microcontrollers, software and mechanical work. Among the favorite tools are a 3D printer, 50W laser cutter, CNC mill, metal lathe, welder and plasma cutters.
That guy in the question-mark suit even stopped by earlier this year:

Hammond adds that the space is open to partnering with companies for networking, allowing employees to use the space or promoting products while allowing members to teach classes with them.


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