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Twin Cities Maker at the Hack Factory

There is no question that the unique blend of businesses and mission-driven organizations is part of what makes Seward a great place to live and work. The variety of interesting and innovative enterprises is seemingly endless, and we were recently reminded of this fact during a trip to the Hack Factory at 3319 E 26th St.

The Hack Factory, home to the non-profit Twin Cities Maker, is a combination workshop, education center, and collaborative space with the mission of allowing workers and artists to “make, share, and learn.” The space includes everything from electrical appliances to large metalworking equipment, and provides members with the tools and creative energy to conceptualize and create projects. From homemade 3-D printers to vending machines that dispense useful electrical components, the Hack Factory seems to have it all. The organization, which is a registered 501 c (3) non-profit, is fueled by a combination of membership contributions – which come with 24/7 building access –and various financial and in-kind donations from community members. The organization also hosts classes and other events, which offer great opportunities to learn from experts.

So why has the Hack Factory been so successful? As with any community-based organization, the answer lies within the membership. The individuals and organizations that have come together to support Twin Cities Maker are dedicated to creating an environment that stimulates learning and brings out a unique combination of technical skill and creativity. In the words of Jude Dornisch, the organization’s facilities manager, “its all about synergy.” Twin Cities Maker emphasizes the importance of creating a space that encourages learning and the development of technical skills in an egalitarian environment, emphasizing the belief that teaching is just as important as learning. The self-proclaimed “hackerspace” is meant to stimulate creativity and encourage mutual learning, and the community that surrounds it has allowed the organization to do just that.

Want to get involved with the Hack Factory, or even just learn a little bit more about what they do? Check out their website at www.tcmaker.org, which includes a membership discount through January 15th!

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