A community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, can meet, create, socialize, and collaborate. Also referred to as a hacklab or hackspace, “Fab Lab”, and tech shop.
MakeShift is housed at the Turbine Flats Project, located at 22nd & Y streets since 2007. The organization has successfully transformed an old and vacant warehouse into office spaces. The businesses inside attract an array of clients and friends of the neighborhood. Many tenants, past and present, have started successful projects and businesses inside of these walls.
MakeShift resides in the Clinton neighborhood, which spans from Vine St. to Holdredge St. and 17th to 33rd Streets. The average household income is between $22,000 and $27,000. It is intended that MakeShift prove to be a catalyst and anchor-point for technological growth and economic development driven by the members of this neighborhood.
Having access to basic tools can help people complete home improvement projects economically, start gardens, eat locally, and get to know their neighbors.
Additionally, the future is bright for students learning skills in engineering, coding, web development, and graphic design. As the job market becomes increasingly oriented towards use of advanced technology, it is important to educate people how to use these tools. Lincoln, Nebraska is growing and MakeShift will help fuel this growth.
who can use it
MakeShift is available to the Lincoln, Nebraska community. There are no skills or occupation required to use the space, but before you use the equipment for the first time, a training session is required.
Until the completed space opens, the small prototype space can be used in exchange for volunteer ‘pay-what-you-wish’ monetary or in-kind donations. Once the new completed space opens membership guidelines will be established.
MakeShift is intended to be self-sustaining through memberships, donations from members for raw materials used, grants, and fundraising campaigns, donations, etc.
The mission and purpose of MakeShift is to promote, support, and advance technical, scientific, artistic skills, innovation, and invention through individual and collaborative projects, community building, tool and resource access, education and mentorship.
MakeShift is a space in Lincoln, NE that serves as a gathering point for makers, tinkerers and D.I.Y-ers, to explore and create intersections between technology, science, art, and culture. These experiences are interest-driven and hands-on.
promotes the act of making through exhibitions, projects, workshops, and other public activities.
is a self-sustaining and member-driven 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, lead by a nine-member Board of Directors.
provides workshop space, classrooms, computer labs, and a tool and book library, which will allow for people to gather and cross-pollinate in ideas and knowledge.