Vote Mike Kaltschnee
for Community Builder
Co-Director and Founder
Danbury Hackerspace, Inc.
Tell us about your community-building activities in 2019 (<500 characters)
In 2019 we entered our fifth year of the Danbury Hackerspace at the Innovation Center, a non-profit center for artists, entrepreneurs, makers, and craftspeople to start, develop, build, prototype, and grow companies. We offer free training and office hours on marketing, sales, 3D printing, computer aided design, CNC programming, and industrial laser cutting. We taught free classes for kids on CAD, App Programming, stop-motion animation, and more. We ran our fourth year of free summer camps and had more than 170 kids attend the Maker Camp, Robotics Camp, and Teen Innovation Programs. We also had more than 2,000 attendees for our 9th STEAM Fair.
What community-building goals did you accomplish or milestones did you hit in 2019? (<500 characters)
2019 was a great year, some milestones:
- We trained more than 50 people on 3D CAD and printing, laser cutting, and CNC programming.
- We taught more than 100 kids TinkerCAD, MIT App Inventor, Stop-motion animation, and other skills.
- Free business advice and prototyping for more than 40 artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, and makers in 2019.
- We had more than 2,000 attendees and 40 exhibitors at our 9th free STEAM Fair held in May, 2019.
- More than 170 kids attended our free summer camps -- Teen Innovation Program, Maker Camp, and Robotics Camp.
- We had hundreds of people attend our free weekly open houses.
What people are saying about Mike Kaltschnee ...
Mike Kaltschnee is a Danbury entrepreneur and co-founder of the Danbury Hackerspace. He's launched several successful Connecticut startups, including being CEO of Briki Media (publishing startup) and has been in technology for 30 years. He also sits on several local boards. He tirelessly works to support local startups and promote the concept of a makerspace in CT and produces the Danbury Mini Maker Faire. Unwilling to let a venture fade away, he recently took over the rebirth and promotion of the Danbury Area Computer Society. He is a master connector, always looking to introduce like-minded people to mutual benefit. His boundless energy is infectious. For more information on the Danbury Hackerspace see https://westfaironline.com/108542/danbury-hackerspace-bursting-at-the-seams-looking-for-more-space/. Mike can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org Pauline Assenza