Gulf Coast MakerCon 2017 Postponed Due to Family Emergency

event-postponedWe’re so sorry to have to write this post, but as we’ve already advised the Fairgrounds, sponsors, Makers and ticket holders, we have to cancel plans for MakerCon on April 8th due to an elder care situation in our family.  Our 90 year old mother’s increasing health challenges and transitional care needs now require a higher and more complex level of care that has to be put into place in the coming weeks.

We’re refunding all maker and ticket registration fees promptly, and apologize for the inconvenience. We love MakerCon and feel terrible about not being able to host in April, but family has to take precedence right now.

We hope to reschedule the event for later this summer, or possibly later in the year. Again, our deepest apologies, and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We’re looking forward to getting MakerCon rescheduled soon, and will be sure to post updated information when available.

As always, we’ll continue to share local Maker news and updates here and on our Gulf Coast Makers social media.  Make On!

The Willingham Family & Eureka! Factory

 

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Meet the Maker: Wayne Rasanen, Inventor of DecaTxt

 

wayne-and-decatxtMy name is Wayne and I discovered a new way to help humanize technology. It starts by applying all standard keyboard keystrokes directly onto ten fingertips and using that design in a wide variety of creative ways. The alphabet is a single press for the first ten letters, a thumb shift for the next eight and the other thumb shift for the last eight. After years in development, the first commercial device using this technology is now available on Amazon called DecaTxt.

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Guest Blog: Makers and US Manufacturing – We need you!

Make America Make again. -P. Edwards

gregGreg Serio runs The People of Manufacturing, a full service Manufacturing Consulting firm dedicated to the success and growth of American Manufacturing.  Greg’s personal mission is to prove the value and role of the American skilled tradesperson, and believes that investing in people is the only way to get a true return on any investment.  Greg has identified a number of challenges in modern day manufacturing, including:

  • A generation gap within the industry,
  • A  journeyman trade without any apprentices, and
  • An aging, stressed out  labor force with no younger replacements

He believes there’s a strong connection between the Maker community and the Manufacturing community and sees Gulf Coast MakerCon as a great way to showcase Making at the large scale as well as the smaller scale.
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