For the last month, we have had a maker survey on the website to gauge individuals interest in participating in activities, learning new skills and in having a dedicated space. Following is a synopsis of these results.
- In the first month that the survey was active there were 28 respondents.
- Peoples preferred method of communication was overwhelmingly via email.
- The top three preferred methods of sharing information were; email, demonstrations and workshops, meetings and networking.
- Over a third of the respondents had not attended an Asheville Makers event. Another third attended a single event or meeting and the final third attended multiple events or meetings.
- People wanted to see the Asheville Makers do almost all of the items listed including; touring spaces, organizing single day maker events, obtain a dedicated space, teach classes, organize lectures and obtain specific pieces of equipment. The only entry which didn’t receive a better than majority vote was organizing a Mini Maker Faire event.
- In the section of what kinds of activities would people like to see in an Asheville Makerspace, there was positive interest for electronics, woodworking, metalworking, 3D printing, laser cutter, open shop space and robotics . There was neutral or negative interest in having general classrooms, textiles, ceramics, computer lab, general classrooms, industrial painting and fine arts studios.
- Under the skills inventory, there are many makers who have or want to acquire skills in metal, wood, electronics, 3D printing, laser cutting, robotics and computer programming. People were not interested in learning more about textiles, industrial painting, ceramics or fine arts disciplines.
- In the time and financial support section of the survey respondents said that they would volunteer around 115 hours a month of time resources and about $555 a month of financial resources to a maker organization.
Following the presentation of the results, the attendees of the meeting discussed a variety of topics including; efforts to make more people aware of a makers organization, marketing materials needed, planning for future meetings, participation in local and regional events and project management options for helping organize. A future meeting time and date will be determined and announced on this website and the avlmaker social media channels.