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$2,621
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57
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 26 2015 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

 We are Olympia Makers, Engineers, Geeks, Artists.

OlyMEGA believes that making should not be restricted to any one group of individuals and strives to break down barriers and increase collaboration amongst makers. We cherish the individual’s knowledge and skills and strive to broaden each member’s ability. Our Members are encouraged to share their knowledge, learn from others, and create from what they learn.

http://www.olymega.org/

Our Kickstarter Goals

    With your support, we are going to bring expanded accessibility to our space so that we are able to provide every maker with a place to learn, share, and create. We will be taking the big step of becoming a stand-alone not-for-profit group, registered with the IRS. This will allow us to connect with partners more easily and extend our sustainability into the future.

    Your support will be used to expand the resources that we have to use in our workshop and classes. We currently have a basic set of tools and limited materials to encourage and enable making in our space. We would like to expand the resources that we have to offer to increase the range of making that can take place at our space.

    The money raised from this kickstarter campaign will be used in the following ways:  

  • Provide tooling for the workshop.  
  • Expand accessibility for our makerspace.  
  • Provide additional scholarship memberships .
  • Establish OlyMEGA as a Stand-alone not-for-profit organization.
  • Build the foundation of a long running organization. 

    OlyMEGA will expand the tooling in our workshop to allow for additional classes and capabilities. We are planning on adding a Drill Press and Band Saw to allow for more fabrication options. We will be expanding our electronics lab with new soldering irons and ventilation equipment. Our art studio will be getting some supplies to allow painting, drawing and sculpture to be available at any time.

    OlyMEGA has been a member funded, grassroots organization since 2009. We have discussed fundraising in the past and have always decided that we wanted to have enough potential energy to make the effort long lasting. We now feel that with our current location, membership and upcoming calendar of events, we have reached that critical mass.

    Our goal of $20,000 was chosen as a reasonable amount that we can expect to raise in our Kickstarter with our current community support. We have been talking about what we will do if we reach our goal and are excited to get to work bringing our MakerSpace to a much larger community presence. We have also taken steps to prepare a couple of stretch goals if our campaign exceeds our expectation and those will be based around expanding our workshop tools and offerings.  

Possible Workshop Offerings

Home Automation Hack, 3D Printing, Build your own LED Lamp, Lock Picking for Beginners,Build a Coffee Can Forge,  Mini Diorama Making,  Paper Marbling, Python Code Instruction, Introduction to Raspberry Pi, Make Hard Cider, Luminaria Class, Intro to Electronics, How’s it Made? Take Apart Class, Toy Take Apart,  Paper Rockets, Paper Circuits, CNC Primer, How to Solder, How to Sew, How to Draw, G-Code for Noobs, Building Maker Tools Build a Pirate Box, EFI Megasquirt, Quadcopter 101, GPS and YOU

Risks and challenges

As with all growing organizations, we face the challenge of maintaining member interest in an interesting world. And as with all MakerSpaces, we will have to work to keep tools and technology in good working order and current.

OlyMEGA is currently located in a building that is nearly 120 years old and we have been working closely with the building owner to address issues and concerns. We have placed a lot of sweat equity into improving the building and will continue to improve the MakerSpace in every way we can.

OlyMEGA faces the transition from a grassroots organization to a stand-alone not-for-profit organization. We feel ready for these challenges and have been assembling a large group of supporters from many aspects of the organizing community. We are working with a long time non-profit/charitable organizer to develop some strategic planning workshops to keep OlyMEGA going strong. Our current fiscal sponsor, School Factory’s Space Federation, has been a huge help getting us to where we are and has helped several MakerSpaces grow from small to big. We plan to continue to work with them to grow OlyMEGA as well as to help new MakerSpaces come online.

The community support for OlyMEGA has been growing over the last 3 years and we have been working on building and strengthening partnerships during that time. We hope to announce some more partnerships in the coming year and are looking forward to the additional resources that these partnerships could bring.

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    Maker-of-the-Month calendar for 2016! Features a different maker and project each month with OlyMEGA schedule and events written in.

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    Soldering class voucher. Take our soldering class and go home with a MintyBoost phone charger!

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    Flying Pendulum- laser cut machine based on plans from the 1840s.

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    Supporter Level Membership & Tee

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    VIP Party with up to 10 people. Think: VIP room with Power Tools. We'll pull out all of the stops for this special event.

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    1.5 foot wide by 4 foot tall programmable multicolored LED Lamp. Made using RGB LEDs.

    An incredible unique conversation piece for your home or office!

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    Join OlyMEGA member Laura for a Photography Expedition to an Olympia Drag Show. Learn low light, night life photography and have a fun night downtown!

    Equipment provided.

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    Supporter Level Family Membership: Gain access to OlyMEGA MakerSpace during open hours. Members receive discounts on classes and workshops. Join us in Making!

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    Ride a pedal powered vehicle that runs on railroad tracks. We'll pack the picnic and accompany you on your railbike guided tour.

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    Life size Tardis with 6 sided control panel, octophonic sound and programmable lights. As seen at Austin Maker Faire. Comes with tutorial from inventor.

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Funding period

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