[hackerspaces] Spark 181 =?utf-8?Q?=E2=80=93_?=Mitch Altman says hackers could raise $10mil

Al Jigong Billings albill at openbuddha.com
Thu May 10 04:29:19 CEST 2012

I would suggest courting the Gates Foundation and other nonprofit foundations with an education focus for this sort of money. 

Al Jigong Billings

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 6:03 PM, Jerry Isdale wrote:

> This installment of Spark (#181) has interviews with both Dale Dougherty and Mitch Altman (separately).
> It Mitch's interview he states that the hacker community could easily raise $10mil outside of government funding to create the equivalent of the DARPA funded Makerspace.com (http://Makerspace.com) project.
> http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2012/05/spark-181-may-6-9-2012/ 
> Ok.  Lets do that.  
> Where can we get funding?
> Goal is $10mil to be spent over, say 5 years?  
> Perhaps starting at $500k for initial year startup/planning and ramping up over time as more 'schools' are created.
> Perhaps the schools would teach basic maker/hacker skills along with flipped classes in basic curriculum (history, writing/literature, math, etc.)- eg Khan Academy style videos watched 'at home' and discussion/practice sessions done 'in school'.   
> The flipped style is already very well suited to shop/programming topics of the maker/hacker community.

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