Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is proud to announce plans for a new resource center in the heart of the city. The Danbury Innovation Center (DIC) will fill the current location of the Union Savings Bank branch at 158 Main Street after the branch moves into its new location one block south. The Center is expected to open its door in the fall of 2013 and will be an extension of services provided by the Danbury Public Library.
DIC will be occupied by two 501c3s, Danbury Hackerspace and Danbury Incubator, who will use the space concurrently. Danbury Hackerspace will use the center as a hackerspace, or a gathering place for creative people with interests in computer, technology, science and digital or electronic art. Individuals will be encouraged and inspired to meet, socialize and collaborate. There are currently a little over 1,000 hackerspaces in the world, and Danbury will join only a few cities in Connecticut with a hackerspace location.
There are currently a little over 1,000 hackerspaces in the world, and Danbury will join only a few cities in Connecticut with a hackerspace location.
“We are excited to bring a new addition to our downtown, especially one that will serve our community through its technology and computer programs, classes and events, said Mayor Boughton.
Danbury Incubator will work towards its goal of expanding its mentoring and coaching programs for people who are interested in starting a business. A director and volunteers will run the Center initially, and funding will come from membership fees, grants, and sponsorships. Expected programs will include training on 3D printers and laser cutters and classes teaching programming, 3D design, and crafting.
For more information on the Danbury Innovation Center, call CityLine 311 at (203)744-4311.
For more information on hackerspaces, visit hackerspaces.org/wiki.