Discovering Collaborators and Resources for Makerspaces by maureen Maureen Muldavin

A maker’s ability to discover potential collaborators and resources is usually limited to their immediate network and organization.

Tags: community-of-practice, communication, conference, collaboration

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Diagnostic Statement

Problem Statement
succinct, one-sentence description
A maker’s ability to discover potential collaborators and resources is usually limited to their immediate network and organization.
broad category of impact
community-of-practice, communication, conference, collaboration
Impacted Groups or Individuals
list of those impacted by problem (organize with largest impact top)
  • Group object (10)
Benefit of Solving the Problem
description of positive potential
  • Provide visibility to maker portfolios for external stakeholders to tap talent for projects and other opportunities
  • Possible convergence of similar projects to improve likelihood of success
  • Deeper pool of peer-to-peer learning opportunities
  • Overall increase in inter-makerspace collaboration
  • Improve team outcomes through broader selection of talent and resources
Known Barriers
those things which would prevent success of a future solution
  • Privacy concerns similar to other social networks that potentially create barriers to optimal matches.
  • Potential fragmentation of community if partial solutions are deployed that address niche aspects of this problem
  • Ability to search database to find optimal matches has not been developed
  • Information that is out-of-date or inaccurate degrades the usefulness of database
  • Comprehensive centralized repository of maker and resource profiles does not exist
Potential Collaborators
list of those interested in helping to solve this problem
  • Adina Levin
  • Bernie Lynch
  • Tanju Bayramoglu
  • Ian Cole
  • Ann Boes
  • PD Klein
  • James Dinsmore
  • An Hettinger
  • Mike Greenberg
  • Sean Auriti
Statement POC
name and contact info
Maureen Muldavin
  Name Solicitation # Amount Max Deadline Score
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 15-599 $1,200,000 Aug. 9, 2017, 8:17 p.m. 70
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) 15-592 $5,000,000 Dec. 5, 2016, 7:43 p.m. 70
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) 16-540 $95,000,000 April 20, 2017, 8:14 p.m. 70
EHR Core Research (ECR) 15-509 $500,000 Sept. 14, 2017, noon 68
STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) 16-527 $47,000,000 March 14, 2017, 8:11 p.m. 68
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) 15-585 $300,000 Jan. 17, 2017, 8:01 p.m. 65
Economic Development Assistance Programs ­ Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. EDAP2016 $3,000,000 March 2, 2027, 8:50 p.m. 62
EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program EDA-HDQ-TA-HDQ-2016-2004759 $300,000 Nov. 2, 2039, 8:54 p.m. 60
Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) PD 15-1340 $150,000 Jan. 25, 2017, 7:33 p.m. 47
Dear Colleague Letter: Enabling the Future of Making to Catalyze New Approaches in STEM Learning and Innovation 15-086 $300,000 Dec. 15, 2016, noon 40
Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) PD 16-7680 $300,000 Feb. 6, 2017, 8:09 p.m. 31
Science of Learning (SL) PD 16-004Y $300,000 Jan. 18, 2017, 8:23 p.m. 23

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