Is your makerspace, hackerspace, fab lab or creative community group working to help with COVID-19 front line personal protection equipment (PPE) production or other supplies? Then let people know by listing your space on any or all of several directories currently curating lists of facilities that have resources to help fill local COVID-19 related needs.
Here’s the list we’ve got so far:
This probably comes as no surprise to anyone at this point, but in the interest of the health and safety of our creative makers and the residents of Uptown Tampa and Hillsborough county, we are cancelling Gulf Coast MakerCon, scheduled for May 23 & 24 at University Mall, to help prevent the advancement and transmission of COVID-19 virus in our community.
We invite exhibitors who have already signed up for Gulf Coast MakerCon – – and those who haven’t yet – to consider sharing what you make at AMRoC Fab Lab as a First Friday presenter, through workshops or gallery showings later in the year when social distancing recommendations have been lessened or removed.
The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, which runs Gulf Coast MakerCon, will continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will announce a new date for the event when possible.
We thank you for your understanding and send all our MakerCon friends and family best wishes for your health and safety during this challenging time.
As we announced on social media not too long ago, Gulf Coast MakerCon 2020 is planned for May 23 & 24 at University Mall, the new location for FCDI’s AMRoC Fab Lab headquarters. While our hope is to hold the event as planned, we’re doing due diligence with respect to the COVID-19 virus and watching developments in Hillsborough County and Tampa Bay carefully.
In collaboration with University Mall management, we’ll make a final go/no-go determination the first week in April, based on recommendations and reports from the Centers for Disease Control and local health departments. To that end, we encourage you to sign up if you’re interested in participating in Gulf Coast MakerCon 2020 at our sign up link at right. We won’t collect commercial vendor fees until April, after we confirm whether we’re continuing with the event as planned.
Even if we make a determination to continue with the event in April, if anything changes to adversely affect plans, we’ll act accordingly. But we do want to reassure our local Makers that we take current health concerns seriously, and put the health, safety and well-being of exhibitors and guests first and foremost. If we do need to postpone the event, we’ll do our best to have a new date as soon as possible.
In the meantime, Make On! And sign up if you want to participate in Gulf Coast MakerCon 2020 – or 21, as the case may be!
Check out this great video overview of Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con, by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium –