About the Maker Hub
A makerspace is a physical location that provides access to specialized tools, like 3D printers, laser cutters, and fabrication supplies. Makerspaces are designed to help self-directed inventors and creative teams gather and share resources and knowledge.
Since 2001, the Georgetown University Library has provided access to a myriad of digital media equipment, software, hardware and expertise through the Gelardin New Media Center. Extending this space to include physical making is a natural evolution of the Library’s services to meet a real need in the campus community.
Our vision is to provide a space connecting Georgetown researchers, makers and entrepreneurs from across campus with specialized equipment and a collaborative atmosphere to design, solve problems and innovate. This productive environment allows users to open up creatively, nurturing a whole new generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.
Georgetown Maker Hub will connect students and researchers across campus to cultivate the education of the whole person, a cornerstone of Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition. The Maker Hub is symbolic of a new and exciting era of pedagogy where students are encouraged to not just consume information but create it.
The Maker Hub
The Maker Hub is made up of two rooms. The Idea Labis designed to facilitate communication and ideation. It's equipped with whiteboard tables, Legos, papercrafting tools and other supplies to help groups come together to discuss problems and sketch potential solutions. The Maker Hub is equipped with advanced tools for fabrication and experimentation. Students are free to drop in during open hours to work on their own projects, meet casually with other makers, or participate in any of our workshops and events.
- Safety First!
- Diversity: Everyone can be a maker, and the Maker Hub welcomes all points of view.
- Accessibility: the Maker Hub is available to everyone regardless of ability. Projects are low-cost, and facilitation is available to those who need it.
- Ecological Responsibility: The Maker Hub recycles and upcycles, and considers the environmental impact of our projects.
- Learning by Doing: We break things, fail often, and try again.
- Community: In the Maker Hub, we help each other, share ideas, and maintain the space together.
- Transparency: The Maker Hub shares its successes AND failures, so future makers can learn from us.
Your Responsibilities as a Visitor
- Respect others
- Respect the tools and the space
- Clean up after yourself
- When in doubt, ask a staff or volunteer
- People who don’t respect the space, the rules, and others in the space will have their access to the Maker Hub revoked.
- Makerhub Workstations and Equipment
- Drop in for our Workshops and Events
- Join our community on the Maker Hub Google Forum
- Georgetown Voice article: Maker Hub debuts in Lau by Cassidy Jensen, October 25, 2016
- Georgetown Hoya article: Maker Hub Launch Lights up Lauinger by Owen Eagen, October 28, 2016