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This summer we want our interns to work on an Online Project Notebook. The Project Notebook will be able to unobtrusively gather the information that you need in order to share your projects --without interrupting your creative flow-- and make it possible to export projects to design repositories or your own blog.
We think if you can capture the process along the way during the creation of a project, it will make putting together the documentation for your project a lot easier. After some minor work you will be able to upload your project in the appropriate format for your destination site.
We have 1 intern right now; backing this Kickstarter project will give us the ability to hire one more. For each $10K raised, we’ll be able to add another intern to work on the Online Project Notebook. These interns are mostly University of Washington students who will gain experience in the software and web development world by getting to do their Summer Internships with us.
Once complete, we’ll share this online notebook on Github and make it open source, so that other people can run with it. We’ll host it on our servers.
We’re excited about how technology is changing. We want to facilitate people’s ability to take advantage of new technology and innovate!
How We Will Tackle This
We want to treat this team of interns as a start up. We'll likely follow The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. (Bill, our founder, spent 10 years in Amazon, and that's essentially what they did, so it is familiar.)
The first thing the interns will do is to to evaluate existing tools for capturing information in an unobtrusive way. There are a lot out there and we may be able to take advantage of one of them, maybe Evernote.
While that is happening preliminary user research for the organization & presentation of the gathered data will happen. We'll probably touch on what are the common places people like to share this information are. Such as their own blog or posted on Instructables or Thingiverse.
By this time we have enough information to start development. The team will be producing functional code at least every two weeks. The iteration duration will be decided by the team.
Who We Are
MakerHub’s overarching goal is to provide the tools and services that
allow people to innovate and share ideas by removing blocks to
innovation. We want to make it easy for people to come up with new ideas
and share them.
MakerHub was founded by Bill Alford when he realized that the same skills he'd been using for a decade to help software engineers focus on development and innovation could be applied to the maker space. That and a frustrating experience trying to get into the space when no one in his circle had the appropriate connections.
The team has been slowly growing and we're looking to make a Beta release of our product this year.