We publicly announced Asmbly at our first two meetups on January 12 and 20. The turnout was great with over 160 people attending - thank you for that show of support! It was a great time to ask questions, give us feedback and make connections. We posted a short survey during the meetups to gather community feedback on some important questions (e.g. where should Asmbly be located?). The survey will be live for another few weeks - please take the survey and let us know how Asmbly will best serve you.
One of the main goals of the meetups was to present the vision, structure, and next steps for Asmbly. We have included important, summarized points from the meetups below for those who were unable to attend.
We can’t wait to put the next event together (this time it will be mostly social, like a pint night), so stay tuned; we’ll announce the next shindig here soon. Let’s keep the community momentum going!
What is this makerspace?
A makerspace is a place for creativity, collaboration, education and inclusivity. It’s like a gym, but instead of weight benches and treadmills, it has table saws and welding gear and laser cutters and more.
Doesn’t a makerspace like this already exist in Austin?
Austin is a big city; the 11th biggest in the USA. The metro area has ~2M people. And there are some great, specialty-focused creative spaces in Austin, but there isn’t a large, nonprofit, multi-discipline makerspace here yet.
We’ve done a lot of research on creative spaces in Austin, and looked high and low for an existing organization that was providing something close to our vision for Asmbly. Unfortunately, we didn’t find an existing organization, so we decided to start Asmbly.
What’s the vision for Asmbly?
These 4 elements are fundamental to Asmbly’s vision:
space to create and collaborate
where novices and experts alike come together to share knowledge
quality classes taught by experienced instructors
Provide opportunities for community education and enrichment
How is Asmbly different from makerspaces in general?
The concept of a large, multi-specialty, nonprofit makerspace isn’t a something the founders of Asmbly invented (we wish we had!). Large, nonprofit makerspaces like Asmbly operate successfully all over the country (to name a few: Artisan’s Asylum outside of Boston, TxRx in Houston, Dallas Makerspace, Open Works in Baltimore), and we’ve engaged these organizations throughout the Asmbly design process. Asmbly will be a novel concept in Austin, but it’s a well-proven makerspace model that exists all over the country.
Where will it be located?
Location depends on geographic demand (fill out that survey!) and space availability. We’re looking for 10,000-15,000 square feet. We have been touring prospective spaces, so we’ll keep you updated.
What will it cost to join?
Our goal is to make pricing as affordable as possible for members of Asmbly. Final membership fees are dependent upon the determination of location, property size, and lease rates. Here’s a general idea of how Asmbly’s membership structure for both General Members and All Access Members might look: