Software Company, Generator Team to Expand “Maker in Residence”

A leading developer of software for independent health care clinics has teamed up with Burlington’s Generator makerspace to encourage multidisciplinary innovation in design and fabrication.

Over the last decade, makerspaces have emerged as shared work environments for artists, designers, hackers and independent fabricators. Burlington’s Generator makerspace is a member-supported home to rapid prototyping, a jewelry-making studio, metal and wood shops, sewing station, an electronics and circuit assembly lab, and computer workstations for app development and 3D design.

The “Generator in Residence” program was conceived as a way to foster dialogue and exploration across disciplines with the goal of inspiring new ideas, new ways of working, and new or improved products through collaboration. In exchange for studio space and a stipend, makers in residence identify discrete problems they want to solve and present final work.
The announcement of the maker in residence partnership will be made December 18, 2014 at the Generator’s Wearable Tech social hour from 5:30-7:30PM.

“Physicians Computer Company thrives on a talented, creative workforce. We’re thrilled to support efforts like the Generator in Residence program that support our creative economy,” said Physicians Computer Company founder and president John Canning. “We see opportunities like Generator as key pieces to a thriving innovation ecosystem in Vermont.”

With support from Physician’s Computer Company, the new Maker in Residence program will provide two months of studio space and a $1,000 stipend to makers in residence. Artists, designers, tech entrepreneurs – creatives of all kinds are invited to apply. Applications for 2015 will open January 1, 2015.

“We’re grateful for this opportunity to work with one of the areas leading software companies,” said Michael Metz, founder and board chair of Generator. “Company partnerships are key to how we work – how we define value to Burlington and Vermont. Physicians Computer Company has taken a risk on creativity with us; we intend to put that investment to very good work. Our makers in residence will become a key piece of how we define Burlington as a center of excellence in creativity, rapid prototyping and innovation in the near future.”

Past Generator in Residence awardees include visial artist Nancy Dwyer, electronics designer Colin Brahmstedt, leather mask-maker Eric Roy, Ian Ray and aerial monitoring startup AirShark, and in December kinetic sculpture maker Robert Brunelle. These have been one-month opportunities accompanied by a modest stipend. By expanding the time and resources available to makers, Generator intends to create even more conducive conditions for creativity, exploration and collaboration.

Generator in Residence opportunities are announced each month during Generator’s Third Thursday Social Hours. December’s social hour brings a focus to wearable technology; January will feature food, ag and technology. Future opportunities will include sound design and music, game design, sports and recreation technology, and architecture and design.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Generator in Residence application site.