Today, December 12, Make It Evansville, the makerspace at Innovation Pointe celebrates a relaunch of collaborative activity in its downtown Evansville location.
A space powered by the Growth Alliance, MAKE IT Evansville exists to support numerous audiences while strategically connecting businesses through the ever-evolving Internet of Things (IoT) technology. From individual entrepreneurs discovering and implementing new IoT applications to industry led automation training programs, MAKE It Evansville aims to be the resource for connecting and exploring IoT in greater Evansville.
“When individuals think of IoT, they tend to think of the ‘smart’ objects in our homes; however, the impact of IoT is much bigger on an industrial level,” stated Stephanie El Tawil, director of entrepreneurship & innovation for the Growth Alliance. “As a community it’s essential to stay at the forefront of IoT trends and to cultivate a culture of Innovation.”
Housed in the lower level of Innovation Pointe, the makerspace connects directly to the first floor coworking space, Cowork Evansville. The intentional linkage encourages collaboration and experimentation. As an impactful quality of place project, partial funding to support buildout and equipment costs for the connected spaces was provided through the state of Indiana’s Regional Cities initiative.
“Through the Regional Cities Initiative and other programs dedicated to quality of place, Indiana is investing in transformative projects throughout the state that help communities attract and retain top talent,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “The Make It Evansville makerspace combines the best elements of Regional Cities and southwest Indiana’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, creating a shared space for innovators to collaborate and develop products geared for the future.”
“With the ever-increasing interconnection of technology, it behooves us to offer this resource for innovators in our Region,” said Beth McFadin Higgins, president of the Southwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. “Talent comes in many forms, and we want to make sure we’re creating environments that strengthens the entrepreneurial community here in Indiana’s Great Southwest.”
Many of the upcoming activities in the makerspace are free, open to the public and offer hands-on educational learning around automation, Android app building and introduction to 3D design. A course on Saturday January 11 will explore microcontroller basics for coding and application design using the versatile open-source Arduino microcontroller board. A $20 fee to cover the cost of parts will be charged with the 2-hour course.
Popularity of event activity will direct future events and equipment purchases for the space. View the Innovation Pointe event calendar for a full list of scheduled Make It Evansville events.
About Innovation Pointe
Innovation Pointe is a business incubator designed to foster entrepreneurship offering local resources, workshops, events and affordable work spaces. To learn more about Innovation Pointe and available office space, visit innovationpointe.com. Innovation Pointe is a city owned facility, managed by the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville.
About the Regional Cities Initiative
Southwest Indiana was one of three Indiana regions selected to receive state funding through the Regional Cities Initiative, which will allocate a total of $126 million toward 100 quality-of-place projects totaling more than $2 billion in combined state, local, and private investment in order to retain and attract top talent to the Hoosier state.