“Are you coming to our open house?”, Andy asked.
“What open house?”, I replied.
“We’re having an open house for the Fablab on Tuesday afternoon, you should come!”, he exclaimed.
Reasoning that this was an event that deserved the full-on Hacker in Residence publicity machine behind it, I jumped into action. I created a Facebook Event. I tweeted about it. I even created an event on the UPEI events calendar.
And so I showed up on Wednesday for the open house.
“I’m here for the open house!”, I declared to the single person – an engineering student – present in the lab.
“Uh, that was yesterday,” he told me.
Somehow I ended up publicizing an event 24 hours later than it was scheduled for.
Fortunately, people showed up!
So, in true Fablab hacker spirit, I soldiered on and had my own exclusive Fablab open house.
And, better yet, every single person who showed up, save Oliver, was a woman, which defeated the “only men use Fablabs” stereotype. What’s more, they were all curious and had lots of questions and obvious use-cases for the Fablab. They were the kind of people that Fablabs exist for.
So while I may have been 24 hours late to the party, the after-party that I held in its wake was, to my mind, a success. Apologies to all those who showed up who had to make do with my “making it up as I go along” approach to teaching about the Fablab; I hope I got most of the broad strikes right, and I hope you come back!