Dr. Neil Scott, founder of The Makery in Hilo, Hawaii, is a unique concept that provides individuals with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources to transform their own ideas into real functioning products.
Dr. Scott is recognized as one of fifteen Bay Area futurists who would shape the way people live, think, work, and play in the new millennium.
- Lifetime Tech Laureate in 2002 by the International Tech Museum, San Jose for his commitment to creating innovative technologies that promote equal opportunity and diversity for people around the world.
The Makery was seeded after Dr. Scott joined the University of Hawai`i with support from the National Science Foundation to continue the research and design he began at Stanford University in 1992.
Dr. Scott’s experience and documentation has convinced him that coping with our complex technology-based world requires:
- an understanding of how things work
- knowledge of how things are made, and
- acquisition of the skills required to make needed products.
- Focus: creative problem solving to improve human/computer interaction strategies and technologies in education and disability access.
- Commitment: Helping people in Hawai`i develop technological skills and careers
- Alignment: public and private schools to develop curriculum that engages students in art, mathematics science, engineering,and technology (AMSET).
- Upcycling: The Makery is ecologically challenged to create valuable products from reclaimed wood.
- The Makery provides individuals throughout the community with unique opportunities to learn:
- computer aided design (CAD)
- computer assisted manufacturing (CAM)
- how to use these to tools create and market valuable wooden products from
- invasive species such as albizia and eucalyptus, and
- traditional Hawaiian hardwoods such as koa, monkeypod and mango.