Makerspace Operating System by steve Steve Traugott


Legacy organizational governance methods often do not meet the needs of makerspaces or open-source projects, integrate poorly with IoT devices, and have not kept up with current capabilities in electronic communications, distributed ledgers, smart contracts, and open-source collaboration.


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Diagnostic Statement

Problem Statement
succinct, one-sentence description
Legacy organizational governance methods often do not meet the needs of makerspaces or open-source projects, integrate poorly with IoT devices, and have not kept up with current capabilities in electronic communications, distributed ledgers, smart contracts, and open-source collaboration.
Category
broad category of impact
operations-and-infrastructure
Impacted Groups or Individuals
list of those impacted by problem (organize with largest impact top)
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Benefit of Solving the Problem
description of positive potential
  • enable and encourage internal entrepreneurship and innovation
  • lowered barrier to entrepreneurial entry
  • greater transparency
  • greater collaboration
  • lower overhead
  • organizations coordinated via internal economy rather than centralized command and control
  • better integration of membership, access controls, equipment use, training and certification, etc.
  • peer-to-peer, consensus-based protocols integrating sensors, controls, computing, and data storage, with robust redundancy, without requiring central servers
  • better accounting for individual contributions, both volunteer and staff
  • better resource-sharing, with fine-grained accountability, possibly in internal currencies
  • lower friction and transaction costs within and between organizations
Known Barriers
those things which would prevent success of a future solution
  • difficulty in describing new models and their benefits
  • existing laws and regulations
  • existing assumptions
  • existing corporate structure permeates the way we think of organizations
Potential Collaborators
list of those interested in helping to solve this problem
  • makerspace organizers
  • open-source project maintainers
  • innovative business schools
  • Chris Anderson (Wired, 3D Robotics, “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution”)
  • Tom Malone (MIT, “The Future of Work”)
  • James Surowiecki (“Wisdom of Crowds”)
  • Hyperledger project (distributed ledger, smart contracts)
  • Ethereum project (distributed ledger, smart contracts)
  • Tippie College of Business (Iowa Electronic Markets)
Statement POC
name and contact info
Steve Traugott
Comments
  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. 62
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) 16-540 $95,000,000 April 20, 2017, 8:14 p.m. 61
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. 60
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) 15-592 $5,000,000 Dec. 5, 2016, 7:43 p.m. 59
STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) 16-527 $47,000,000 March 14, 2017, 8:11 p.m. 59
EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program EDA-HDQ-TA-HDQ-2016-2004759 $300,000 Nov. 2, 2039, 8:54 p.m. 58
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) 15-585 $300,000 Jan. 17, 2017, 8:01 p.m. 57
EHR Core Research (ECR) 15-509 $500,000 Sept. 14, 2017, noon 56
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 32
Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) PD 15-1340 $150,000 Jan. 25, 2017, 7:33 p.m. 28
Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) PD 16-7680 $300,000 Feb. 6, 2017, 8:09 p.m. 21
Science of Learning (SL) PD 16-004Y $300,000 Jan. 18, 2017, 8:23 p.m. 18

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