Managing a Makerspace


Wednesday, September 17, 2:30 pm to 2:50 pm in Auditorium

Your Makerspace should run itself. Learn clever solutions for training, maintenance, inventory, safety, tours, and managing all those special requests you never anticipated.

The methods shared were created and refined at think[box], an innovation center at CWRU that’s free and open to the public. With an overwhelming 3000 visits each month and only 2 full time staff members and a team of student workers, efficiency is a necessity.


Ian Charnas

think[box] Manager, Case Western Reserve University
Ian Charnas currently manages think[box], a $30M makerspace at Case Western Reserve University. His personal work blends art and technology in creatively-themed exhibits and events, including the World's Largest Twin Musical Tesla Coils, a Magical Mustache Mirror, and a Waterfall Swingset. Mr. Charnas and his work have been featured on and Wired Magazine, NPR online, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, Boing-Boing, Make Magazine, PitchFork, and Hack-a-Day. He aims to inspire creativity and the belief that you can do anything.