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October Makership Deadline 10/31

Rolling Makership

 

LVL1 is be offering one Makership a month, every month, until our Makership endowment funds run out! The LVL1 Makership program allows us to provide free LVL1 membership and project funds to a Maker with a big idea but limited resources. Makership applicants propose a 3-month long project which they need LVL1 resources to make! Each month LVL1 selects the top project proposal and award them the Makership. The runners up will have an opportunity to roll their proposals into the next month’s round, or modify the proposals as desired. Follow this link for more detailed information LVL1 Makership program.

 

APPLY FOR A MAKERSHIP!!

 

DEADLINE IS BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31st

 

If you’d like to make a $5 a month donation to support Makers in Louisville, please sign up for our recurring paypal micro-funding payment:

 


 

If you, or your company / school / foundation, would like to support the LVL1 Makership program with a larger tax-deductible donation please contact makership@lvl1.org. LVL1 is a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization.

September Makership Deadline 9/30

Rolling Makership

 

LVL1 is be offering one Makership a month, every month, until our Makership endowment funds run out! The LVL1 Makership program allows us to provide free LVL1 membership and project funds to a Maker with a big idea but limited resources. Makership applicants propose a 3-month long project which they need LVL1 resources to make! Each month LVL1 selects the top project proposal and award them the Makership. The runners up will have an opportunity to roll their proposals into the next month’s round, or modify the proposals as desired. Follow this link for more detailed information LVL1 Makership program.

 

APPLY FOR A MAKERSHIP!!

 

DEADLINE IS BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th

 

If you’d like to make a $5 a month donation to support Makers in Louisville, please sign up for our recurring paypal micro-funding payment:

 


 

If you, or your company / school / foundation, would like to support the LVL1 Makership program with a larger tax-deductible donation please contact makership@lvl1.org. LVL1 is a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization.

Rolling Monthly Makerships!

Rolling Makership

 

Starting this August, LVL1 will be offering one Makership a month, every month, until our Makership endowment funds run out! The LVL1 Makership program allows us to provide free LVL1 membership and project funds to a Maker with a big idea but limited resources. Makership applicants propose a 3-month long project which they need LVL1 resources to make! Each month LVL1 selects the top project proposal and award them the Makership. The runners up will have an opportunity to roll their proposals into the next month’s round, or modify the proposals as desired. Follow this link for more detailed information LVL1 Makership program.

 

APPLY FOR A MAKERSHIP!!

 

DEADLINE IS BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH! EVERY MONTH!

 

This rolling Makership will continue for at least the next 6 MONTHS! This was made possible by a generous donation from the Frank Luecke Foundation and our regular monthly contributors. If you’d like to make a $5 a month donation to support Makers in Louisville, please sign up for our recurring paypal micro-funding payment:

 


 

If you, or your company / school / foundation, would like to support the LVL1 Makership program with a larger tax-deductible donation please contact makership@lvl1.org. LVL1 is a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization.

LVL1 Makership Recipients

LVL1 is proud to announce the recipients of our groundbreaking Makership program!

We had initially raised enough funds within our community for 2 Makerships. In a surprise twist, LVL1 Google Group subscriber Dmitry S. graciously donated $250 to fund a 3rd! Thank you Dmitry!

Let’s meet our 3 Makers!

    Nicolas Searcy – Currently pursuing a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering at U of L’s Speed School of Engineering, Nick’s Makership lays out a vision to develop open source hardware and software for ultrasonography. Nick presented a well researched proposal with prioritized goals for both A-mode (one dimensional) and B-mode (two dimensional) ultrasonography using transducers and a Maple development board. Nick was realistic about the challenges of commercializing an open source medical device, but views it as a device to fundamentally change the market. “While a hackerspace-produced ultrasound system could never be sold commercially and it would probably never be a good idea to distribute kits (low power ultrasound is completely harmless but it would be a bad idea legally if nothing else), if a system could be designed and demonstrated for less than $500 (ideally, more like $100), that fact alone could introduce pressure to the ultrasound market”


    Ezra Clark – An engineering student at U of L and president of the RE3 (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Club), Ezra’s Makership proposal builds on RE3′s successes in building low-cost solar panels from solar cell manufacturing waste. “Individual solar cells are a mere 200 microns thick and thus are broken and chipped easily during the commercial process of solar panel manufacturing. These damaged cells can be compared to a 2-liter of Coke with a torn label; it can still serve its purpose but is deemed by the company as “manufacturing waste.” I currently know of no commercial recycling efforts being made to use this potentially valuable material.” Ezra plans to use LVL1′s facilities to fabricate (and train others in fabricating) these solar panels. “We than plan to spend the next one and a half months making solar panels and teaching those who are interested the process and theory behind them. During the final few weeks, the club will focus on installing our fabricated solar panels on the UofL greenhouse, just in time for spring. If time allows, the club will also attempt to outfit a community garden in the Clifton neighborhood with a solar panel array. “


    Patrick Joyce – Patrick is currently unemployed and has been making the best use of his time hanging out at LVL1 7 days a week. Patrick’s Makership proposal is the design and development of a Guitarist’s Keyboard. “What I want to build is a keyboard like device, but instead of the piano like layout of keys, rows of velocity sensitive buttons corresponding to the strings of the guitar, with columns corresponding to the frets. This would allow someone who is familiar with guitar but not piano to play the whole range of keyboard sounds without having to learn another layout of notes and chords. Alternate tunings and different ranges of notes would be changed in software, selectable by buttons or knobs. This would be a MIDI device, so the range of sound types would be nearly limitless.” Although Patrick is new to LVL1, he didn’t waste any time creating the first phase of his project. While the Makerships were still being decided on, he developed a key matrix MIDI device with an Arduino and is showing great progress. Now that he has a Makership and a key to LVL1, I doubt he’ll ever leave.


We at LVL1 wish our new Makership recipients the best of luck on their projects. Know that you have the full support of the LVL1 community behind you, and we will provide whatever resources we can to help you succeed.

While we are excited for all 3 of these Makership proposals, we had 6 applicants and therefore 3 Makership applicants of comparable merit didn’t make this round. Unfortunately, we don’t have funds for all of them… yet. We encourage you to resubmit proposals for our next round of Makerships in the very near future.

You can help LVL1 provide more Makerships with a small donation of $5/mo. We will announce a new Makership as soon as the donation funds make a new one available! Click the Paypal donate button below to contribute to a Makership:




LVL1 awarding TWO new Makerships in 2012

LVL1′s New Year’s Resolution is to “make more makers!” We are offering not one, but TWO new Makerships to start off 2012! Through private donations from LVL1 membership, we have raised funds to award $100 of project financing and 3 months of LVL1 membership to TWO worthy makers!

The Makership recipient gets $100 for project materials like arduinos, sensors, electronic components, laser cutter materials, conductive fabric, EL wire, software, books, 3D printer filament, tools, bits, odds, ends or whatever else you might need.

The LVL1 membership gives you access to our 40W laser cutter, Makerbot 3D printer, woodworking tools, electronics tools, metal mill, computers, electronic surplus and much more.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS JANUARY 31, 2012

A Makership is a $100 project stipend and 3 months worth of LVL1 membership dues awarded to an individual in the Louisville area. We recognize that potential makers with limited financial resources often are unable to afford any membership rates- no matter what the discount might be. Similarly, the cost of materials to develop a cool project can be just out of reach to those strapped for cash. Our makership program seeks to eliminate these financial hurdles and get makers making!

We award our makerships to applicants who can put together the best pitch for (1) what they want to make and (2) how they plan to do it. Your project could be anything from an electronic gadget, to an open source software project, to a citizen science project, to a fire-breathing robotic pony, or (hopefully) a project we haven’t imagined. We want LVL1 to be the place where these things are made! LVL1 makerships are open to anyone whom could benefit from our community and resources to make something great.

For more information on applying for a LVL1 Makership click here.

Do you want to see this Makership program succeed? You can help LVL1 provide more Makerships with a small donation of $5/mo. We will announce a new Makership as soon as the donation funds make a new one available! Click the Paypal donate button below to contribute to a Makership:





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We’re raising money for a Makership fund. A makership is similar to a scholarship, but the focus is on a creating something. We are using this fund to support an aspiring maker in financial need. The fund includes all LVL1 membership dues for 1 year, plus $400 to fund their proposed makership project.

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