Valparaíso Makerspace

Facultad de Ingeniería PUCV, Av Brasil 2147, Valparaíso Valparaiso

Makerspace

Space size 452 m²

Opened in November 2015

Structure type Public space

Explored in November 2018


In Valparaíso Makerspace we seek to promote your entrepreneurial, experimental and innovative spirit transversally through the revolution of doing, so that together we can generate the technological heritage of the Region.

Contact

+56322274151
Member of Red de Fablab de Chile

Social networks

Main interests

Technology - machines & tools Social initiatives Community Entrepreneurship Industry & innovation Education Electronics Design

This workshop is great for:

Artists Students General public Hobbyist makers Makers pro Entrepreneurs Schools & universities Large companies Small & medium businesses

Our workshop

Learn more about our space, members, machines & services!

But where do all the regional inventors come from? From Valparaiso Makerspace of course!

If this statement is still a fiction, the entire team of the place works every day to turn it into reality. And to achieve this, the steps are clearly defined:

  1. Support entrepreneurs in the realization of their prototypes
  2. Encourage students to take advantage of their thesis to research and innovate
  3. Identify and give to unknown inventors a place to experiment and to develop their ideas

Located in the basement of the PUVC University of Valparaiso, this discreet and marginal space belongs to a project that goes beyond the border of this school. It was created at the end of 2015 as part of a collaborative program between 3 Universities, called “Ingeneria 2030”, to fit the need of PUVC incubator, Chrysalis, to have a prototyping space allowing entrepreneurs to confirm their business assumptions and to ensure the viability of their solutions.

Since then, the success of this program, directly correlated to the impact of the makerspace, has allowed developing a business and innovation direction within the University. It enabled to integrate progressively the digital fabrication within the university curriculum, to develop the students’ entrepreneurial mindset and to foster interdisciplinary and innovative projects.

Their goal for the future:

  • to encourage and support sustainable development projects beyond entrepreneurs,
  • to foster multi-disciplinary thesis for students,
  • to attract inventors among citizens.

4 members, 4 complementary profiles, 4 legs to create the base that supports and propels the users to fit local needs with their ideas.

If you come for the first time in this makerspace, you will be welcomed by Dayan Echeverria, the fab manager, that will present you the place, its machines, and spirit, and will exchange with you about your need to size the support that her team can give you. This business developer has benefited from her first experience in Chrysalis, the incubator linked to the makerspace, where she used to guide entrepreneurs in their project. Now, she also defines the strategy of the space, represents the team in its ecosystem (PUCV university, Corfo or maker events), follows the budget consumption and designs the new activities. Then, depending on your needs, you can either rely on a designer, Nicolas Mora, to transform your idea or problem into a solution, or on an electric engineer and technical coordinator, César Cofré, to transform your solution into a real prototype. They will both bring you their experience but also their creativity developed during their leisure time with respectively a circus school or music device creations. Eventually, you will be proud to be part of a renowned space thanks to the communication work made by Fernanda Vargas, a journalist, who also organizes events to attract people and consolidate the community.

Together they design tools and workshops to support students, teachers and entrepreneurs in the 3 steps of their prototypes (validation of their hypothesis, inspiration to find the right solution, evolution to become a real product) with a special attention for entrepreneurs to report their progress to the Corfo which finances their projects. Aware of the community power, they also dedicate time to match members with complementary skills depending on their needs, reinforcing the community links who contribute in return to the space activities.

If you join the community of Valparaiso Makerspace, you will not be considered as a member or a user but as a local resident. And this name is not chosen randomly. It reflects the sense of belonging of the 70% of entrepreneurs, 20% of students (mainly engineers, then architects and designers) and 10% of teachers who use the resources of this space every day.

If the Chrysalis Incubator, at the origin of the place, naturally populated this place with its community of entrepreneurs, this one was completed by students and the teachers, due to its location in PUCV University, and then through word of mouth. If each of them came to prototype their academic, professional or personal project, to attend one of the 70 annual events (talk, workshops, …) or simply by curiosity, they remained for the “good atmosphere”. This one has been built on values such as collaboration and innovation which are applied by giving a completely free access to the space resources in return for a contribution to the community. Each member chooses how to contribute: it can be makers talks to share their experience, workshops or contribution to other projects. Baby foot, arcade games, open-day pizza, biannual meeting, rules of life as greeting on entering are all good practices that also consolidated this community.

Each newcomer is welcomed by a member of the team who presents the site, discusses his project and builds with him the next stages of training (45 min per machine per group of 3 minimum), of coaching (specific workshops for entrepreneurs) and of using the space. Everyone is encouraged to develop a project that has a positive impact on the region and to rely on the community to reach it.

After 3 years of existence, the community is strong and the team has developed a solid experience, thanks to the support of the Chilean makers’ network. Now, they aim to open their doors to the general public through a program of digital fabrication workshops, Fabrik , to identify and empower the inventors of tomorrow.

In November 2018, the team was starting to change completely their business model after 3 years entirely funded by the government.

In 2015, 3 Universities, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the Universidad Catolica and the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María created a common program to benefit from the financial public fund called “Ingeniera 2030”, distributed by the Corfo, to transform their engineering schools in internationally renowned institutions. To benefit from this economical support they have to create an educative, innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem where technology produces a national and international impact in the market. Valparaiso makerspace was created to support this ecosystem so they were fully financed during 3 years with the exception of the space renting offered by the PUCV University. As a consequence, they don’t have to report about their incomes and benefits but about :

  • the number of prototypes made in the space with an impact for society
  • the number of thesis with a potential of real case application
  • the number of users
  • the number of training achieved
  • the number of activities to foster investigation
  • the number of activities to foster entrepreneurship

Now, they have 3 years to find a sustainable business model. The funds will be progressively reduced during this period. They have already tested different activities such as workshops or courses of students that give them ideas to develop activities that can maintain the free use of the space for the community.

But where do all the regional inventors come from? From Valparaiso Makerspace of course!

If this statement is still a fiction, the entire team of the place works every day to turn it into reality. And to achieve this, the steps are clearly defined:

  1. Support entrepreneurs in the realization of their prototypes
  2. Encourage students to take advantage of their thesis to research and innovate
  3. Identify and give to unknown inventors a place to experiment and to develop their ideas

Located in the basement of the PUVC University of Valparaiso, this discreet and marginal space belongs to a project that goes beyond the border of this school. It was created at the end of 2015 as part of a collaborative program between 3 Universities, called “Ingeneria 2030”, to fit the need of PUVC incubator, Chrysalis, to have a prototyping space allowing entrepreneurs to confirm their business assumptions and to ensure the viability of their solutions.

Since then, the success of this program, directly correlated to the impact of the makerspace, has allowed developing a business and innovation direction within the University. It enabled to integrate progressively the digital fabrication within the university curriculum, to develop the students’ entrepreneurial mindset and to foster interdisciplinary and innovative projects.

Their goal for the future:

  • to encourage and support sustainable development projects beyond entrepreneurs,
  • to foster multi-disciplinary thesis for students,
  • to attract inventors among citizens.

4 members, 4 complementary profiles, 4 legs to create the base that supports and propels the users to fit local needs with their ideas.

If you come for the first time in this makerspace, you will be welcomed by Dayan Echeverria, the fab manager, that will present you the place, its machines, and spirit, and will exchange with you about your need to size the support that her team can give you. This business developer has benefited from her first experience in Chrysalis, the incubator linked to the makerspace, where she used to guide entrepreneurs in their project. Now, she also defines the strategy of the space, represents the team in its ecosystem (PUCV university, Corfo or maker events), follows the budget consumption and designs the new activities. Then, depending on your needs, you can either rely on a designer, Nicolas Mora, to transform your idea or problem into a solution, or on an electric engineer and technical coordinator, César Cofré, to transform your solution into a real prototype. They will both bring you their experience but also their creativity developed during their leisure time with respectively a circus school or music device creations. Eventually, you will be proud to be part of a renowned space thanks to the communication work made by Fernanda Vargas, a journalist, who also organizes events to attract people and consolidate the community.

Together they design tools and workshops to support students, teachers and entrepreneurs in the 3 steps of their prototypes (validation of their hypothesis, inspiration to find the right solution, evolution to become a real product) with a special attention for entrepreneurs to report their progress to the Corfo which finances their projects. Aware of the community power, they also dedicate time to match members with complementary skills depending on their needs, reinforcing the community links who contribute in return to the space activities.

If you join the community of Valparaiso Makerspace, you will not be considered as a member or a user but as a local resident. And this name is not chosen randomly. It reflects the sense of belonging of the 70% of entrepreneurs, 20% of students (mainly engineers, then architects and designers) and 10% of teachers who use the resources of this space every day.

If the Chrysalis Incubator, at the origin of the place, naturally populated this place with its community of entrepreneurs, this one was completed by students and the teachers, due to its location in PUCV University, and then through word of mouth. If each of them came to prototype their academic, professional or personal project, to attend one of the 70 annual events (talk, workshops, …) or simply by curiosity, they remained for the “good atmosphere”. This one has been built on values such as collaboration and innovation which are applied by giving a completely free access to the space resources in return for a contribution to the community. Each member chooses how to contribute: it can be makers talks to share their experience, workshops or contribution to other projects. Baby foot, arcade games, open-day pizza, biannual meeting, rules of life as greeting on entering are all good practices that also consolidated this community.

Each newcomer is welcomed by a member of the team who presents the site, discusses his project and builds with him the next stages of training (45 min per machine per group of 3 minimum), of coaching (specific workshops for entrepreneurs) and of using the space. Everyone is encouraged to develop a project that has a positive impact on the region and to rely on the community to reach it.

After 3 years of existence, the community is strong and the team has developed a solid experience, thanks to the support of the Chilean makers’ network. Now, they aim to open their doors to the general public through a program of digital fabrication workshops, Fabrik , to identify and empower the inventors of tomorrow.

In November 2018, the team was starting to change completely their business model after 3 years entirely funded by the government.

In 2015, 3 Universities, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the Universidad Catolica and the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María created a common program to benefit from the financial public fund called “Ingeniera 2030”, distributed by the Corfo, to transform their engineering schools in internationally renowned institutions. To benefit from this economical support they have to create an educative, innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem where technology produces a national and international impact in the market. Valparaiso makerspace was created to support this ecosystem so they were fully financed during 3 years with the exception of the space renting offered by the PUCV University. As a consequence, they don’t have to report about their incomes and benefits but about :

  • the number of prototypes made in the space with an impact for society
  • the number of thesis with a potential of real case application
  • the number of users
  • the number of training achieved
  • the number of activities to foster investigation
  • the number of activities to foster entrepreneurship

Now, they have 3 years to find a sustainable business model. The funds will be progressively reduced during this period. They have already tested different activities such as workshops or courses of students that give them ideas to develop activities that can maintain the free use of the space for the community.

Services offered

Open moments Prototyping Coaching & project mentoring Classes & workshops Free machines & tools access Startups & projects incubation / mentoring Startups & projects hosting Talks & conferences Community center Education missions R&D missions Building together a team of makers

Our best practices

The inspiring things we do here to run our collaborative space

Users contribution to the space

categories
Community

What is it?

It’s a human contribution asked to users of the space in return of the free use of the machine.

In concrete terms?

Users don’t pay to use the place, the machines nor to benefit from the support of the team. In return, they have to contribute to the life of the space, either by helping another user in his/her project or by performing a talk or a workshop.

Why it’s interesting?

This compromise is interesting :

  • in short-term to value the knowledge and experience of the users and create ambassadors of the space
  • in mid-term to support the team in their activities, to increase the number of workshops for the users and to attract new users through testimony and talks
  • in long-term to strengthen the community
Contact : valpomaker@pucv.cl

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