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What’s the blueprint? Preparing the heartland for AI, automation, and the future of work – VentureBeat

By | Press

The following is an excerpt from the VentureBeat article “What’s the blueprint? Preparing the heartland for AI, automation, and the future of work” featuring Maker City’s Marcia Kadanoff. An outline of the blueprint But to take advantage of those resources, and all the others that are available in larger and smaller capacities around the country, there must be connective tissue. That, more than anything, seems to be the key. Marcia…

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International Maker Challenge – UAE

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Calling all Makers – join the UAE Global Challenge While UN Delegates were in NYC preparing for its week-long summit, the UAE was in New York gathering innovators from around the world to announce their global challenge: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity. The Initiative is based on solving the hard problems, in the words of Bin Rashid: The ones that no one country can solve alone. Sustainable…

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First-ever Maker City Festival brings spirit of Haynes and Apperson to Kokomo

By | Blog, Localism

The following is an excerpt from “First-ever Maker City Festival brings spirit of Haynes and Apperson to Kokomo” by Haley Church of the Kokomo Tribune The spirit of Haynes and Apperson is alive and well in Kokomo, thriving under the direction of the aptly-named SHAK Makerspace. Dozens of makers braved the oppressive heat during the Haynes-Apperson Festival to host demonstrations and interactive projects on Superior St. Kokomo’s first Maker City…

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Detroit as a Maker City

By | Blog

Where once large swathes of Detroit stood vacant and decaying, today this Maker City’s economy is so vibrant – and the influx of talent so great – that Motor City now faces a housing shortage. Last year, housing prices recorded spikes of 11%. In Downtown neighborhoods, it’s not uncommon to see $300,000 condos or the occasional $1 million loft. In 2011, the Live Midtown program was launched by the Henry Ford…

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U.S. News & World Report launches Maker City hub

By | Press

Our partner U.S. News and World report launches the Maker City hub: https://www.usnews.com/news/maker-cities We launched at a breakfast roundtable in two cities: New York (May 2, 2017) and San Francisco (May 23, 2017). Additionally, U.S. News issued a press release you can find here: https://www.usnews.com/info/blogs/press-room/articles/2017-05-23/us-news-showcases-maker-cities-at-national-stem-forum One of the Maker City Project’s core projects in 2017 involves working with U.S. News and World Report (151 Million uniques per month) to create…

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Pittsburgh: A Role Model for Resurgence

By | Blog

High above the Pittsburgh skyline, the gleaming 64-story skyscraper once known as US Steel Tower today bears very different insignia. In bold white capitals, some 250 metres above street level, the initials UPMC – University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre – testify to the seismic economic shift that’s fast changing Pittsburgh’s fortunes. Following the collapse of the steel industry in the 1990s, the city in which Hillman, Heinz and Carnegie made…

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Routes for Makers (& Others) into Good Paying Work: Do Programming Bootcamps Work?

By | Blog

Guest Post by Ammon Bartram, Co Founder of Triplebyte [Editorial changes to the original post are in italics]   Programming bootcamps seem to make an impossible claim. Instead of spending four years in university, they say, you can learn how to be a software engineer in a three-month program. On the face of it, this sounds more like an ad for Trump University than a plausible educational model. But this…

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Rotterdam: from Innovation District to Maker City

By | Blog

Rotterdam was once the industrial heartland of South Holland, where ocean-bound behemoths took shape beneath the hands of the nation’s finest shipbuilders. Today, despite the disappearance of SS Rotterdam and her kin from its docks, this still-vibrant port city is testament to how innovation can help bring an ailing metropolis back to life. Last year, Rotterdam’s status as a city of the future was cemented when Lonely Planet ranked it…

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What Should Cities Make?

By | Press

By Amanda Kolson Hurley for CityLab When President Donald Trump announced his Manufacturing Jobs Initiative last month, he was moving forward on a promise he made over and over during his campaign: to make America great at making stuff again. “America became the world’s dominant economy by becoming the world’s dominant producer,” the then-candidate said during a campaign stop in Monessen, Pennsylvania, in June 2016. Lambasting globalization and trade pacts as “economic surrender,” he…

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Policy Brief from Making to Manufacturing | A New Model for Economic Development in Cities and Towns

By | Press

By Pratt Center for Community Development Urban manufacturing is being reborn in the United States. New small-batch producers are creating well-paying jobs in many cities that were once abandoned by more traditional manufacturers. Greater access to production technologies is making it possible for designers and entrepreneurs to innovate and create jobs by producing small runs, testing markets, refining designs and then launching new businesses. “Making,” “producing” and “manufacturing” are becoming…

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