First Tuesday Chile expands programs in LatAm led by Founder Institute partnership

Santiago Chile’s soon to be legendary MakerSpace featuring its Atari 2600 consoles (RIP Atari Founder), classic pinball machines and 3D printer machines provided yet again ‘the perfect venue’ for bringing together timeless classics with timely visionaries here at the edge of potential in Chile, South America.

On its signature day of the week, First Tuesday (Chile) in collaboration with Founder Institute (Silicon Valley) hosted an invitation only gathering to celebrate the success of its inaugural graduating class of the first Founder Institute in Latin America and set the stage for what to expect from their partnership in the year ahead. Continue reading

Sharing Services & Collaborative Consumption Meetup

Editor’s Note: This guest post is courtesy of Anna Korolyuk – PhD student in physics,  who became enchanted by entrepreneurship and now is enjoying her work in Kassi, sharing service for local communities.

Date: Monday, 2nd April, 19:00
Place: Casa Lastarria (map)
RVSP here

Have you ever heard about Collaborative Consumption or the Sharing Economy? No?
Ok, have you ever borrowed a power drill from a friend or asked neighbor to water your flowers, when you were on a holiday?
Congratulations, that’s it!

Sharing is one the oldest way of social interactions. Clearly, it was invented before the money. And now it’s rising again. Thanks to the Internet, now we can find a couch at someone’s house on the other continent, borrow a car without even knowing the name of the owner or borrow money from someone, you could never meet in real life. Access to resources is becoming more important than the ownership, and online reputation makes it possible to trust strangers in a way that has not been possible before.

Some of the most known sharing services include peer-to-peer marketplaces (Tradepal), social lending (Zopa), peer-to-peer travel (CouchSurfing, Airbnb and Onefinestay), experiences (GuideHop), event ticket sharing (unseat.me) and car sharing (Zipcar and RelayRides).

During the meet up, we will try to bring together sharing services, which now work in Chile, and people who are interested in the topic. Continue reading

Chimbalab seeking eco-electronic geeks for their open hardware & DIY community

Chimbalab is currently organizing the 2nd Meeting of Open Hardware & DIY (Electronic Circuits) that is scheduled for April 6-8th at the fab and trendy new Santiago MakerSpace.

Chimbalab, co-founded by Claudia González and Constanza Piña, seeks to connect people from interdisciplinary themed groups (arts, music, design, technology, engineering, etc) to support an open source vision; strengthen collaborative work; enhance creativity; and the development of autonomous learning.

To build a permanent home for Chimbalab,  the organizers started a fundraising campaign on Ideame (the kickstarter of Latin America) with the purpose of renting a space that has all the needed infrastructure; meeting production, design, management and documentation, plus 3 days catering and materials to develop each project. Continue reading