Last year while I was between work I started a project that is just now coming to fruition: MakerClub.
My son loves Lego. He loved to make things, do crafts and cut wood. He loves ESQ camp at UWaterloo in the summer.
So we got to talking… like dads and sons do… and we thought it would be pretty cool to get lots of kids and lots of parents together in a club to make stuff and learn how to use “dangerous” tools safely.
I encourage you all to go read about it on the official site, but the basic idea is to teach kids and their parents to use tools safely and build fun things at the same time. We plan on doing rockets, LED projects, wooden cars and hacking away on broken toys. We’ve teamed up the THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener to use their space and leverage their logistical capacity in all regards. This will let myself, my wife and other parents focus on the kids which as far as I’m concerned is a match made in heaven.
Other than that, we’re still a work in progress. Come check us out and see how you can participate!
Since the implosion of We-Create a few months ago I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching. I spent more than a decade learning how to evolve a company and bring various products and projects to life. I’ve worked with great people and learned many things. I did the personality tests which pretty much revealed what I already knew, but it’s good to have confirmation. Apparently I like to make things, mentor people and help others grow in their careers.
That’s what I got out of the start ups I’ve spent my whole career in. But it’s time for a change.
Earlier this week I signed on with Desire2Learn Inc. here in Kitchener to lead the User Experience group within product development. I start in January and I’m quite excited. Not about being fully employed again, but about having the opportunity to learn something new. I want to learn what it’s like to operate and create things in a company that’s already past the start up phase. There are bound to be hurdles that I’ve never encountered before, and that’s the exciting part.
We’ll see how it turns out. I just hope I can offer as much value to them as I hope to learn in exchange.
In the meantime here is the standard disclaimer that I assume is required: All the words, thoughts and other stuff on this blog are entirely my own and do not reflect the views, plans or opinions of my (future) employer.
From one small company to another I suppose.
I’ve joined up with with the guys over a Sceneverse.com for the time being to help them with some agile processes and to get their next product prototype out the door. Neil and David are pretty interesting guys and the products align with many of my interests. Also the development team in Montreal has some things I’d like to learn and hopefully I have something to teach them as well.
I encourage you to check them out.