In China, Lessons of a 'Hackerspace'

Do-it-yourself hubs are giving a boost to tinkerers and inventors
Source: WSJ Online, Alex Nabaum

Several years ago, Peng Ziyun was at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying music and technology. She learned about sound engineering and wanted to build something of her own. But she didn't know how, and she didn't have anyone to teach her. An Internet search led her to Xinchejian, China's first formal "hackerspace," a community-run workshop where ordinary people tinker with everything from art projects to robots.

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What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

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