Logan IT hub gets slice of $20k hackerspace funds

LOGAN has been named as the home to one of the state’s newest Hackerspaces.

YFS (Substation 33) at Kingston will get $20,000 from the state government to become a hi-tech hub or “hackerspace”.

Nine other spaces will share in the total $170,000 state funding.

The money will be used to develop the Hackerspaces where creative people can design and manufacture new products.

Hackerspaces are part of a global movement which grew out of new technologies such as 3D printers and the availability of fabrication tools.

They are spots for individuals and small businesses to come together to learn faster and exchange skills and capital.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said he hoped the programs would strengthen regional Queensland’s advanced manufacturing skills and open the way for people to convert ideas into opportunities.

“The grants will mean they can buy equipment such as fabrication machines and 3D printers, run workshops in advanced manufacturing skills, and encourage entrepreneurs and innovators to take the next step to turn their ideas into products,” Mr Dick said.

“We are generating grassroots advanced manufacturing opportunities and equipping the sector for the future by developing accessible spaces where people can come to create advanced technologies and prototypes.”

Manufacturers will be able to approach the hackerspaces and ask for help with manufacturing issues and for advice on solving some technical problems, source potential talent or broaden skills.

Hackerspace $20,000 grants were also awarded to The Makers Cairns, Split Spaces Mackay, Mackay Makerspace, Maleny Makers, SSC Makerspace Warana and The Arc Fortitude Valley.

Grants of $10,000 for expanding existing hackerspaces will go to Hackerspace Brisbane at Eagle Farm, Ipswich Hackerspace and Gold Coast Techspace Inc Mudgeeraba.

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