What started as a crazy idea has transformed into an award-winning social enterprise that reaches thousands.
The MakerBus was founded in 2013 by Beth Compton, Kim Martin, and Ryan Hunt while the three were working on graduate degrees at Western University.
Beth, Kim, and Ryan were all researching a different aspect of a field called "the digital humanities." This emerging field blends digital technologies with traditional humanities subjects like literature, anthropology, and the history.
The MakerBus was created as an expression in their shared interested in the digital humanities and their shared desire to create meaningful change in their community.
In less than 3 years, this crazy idea has transformed into an award-winning social enterprise that reaches thousands of people each year. The MakerBus was named one of the top-three London-area start-ups of 2015, has been featured on CBC Radio, the London Free Press, and the Globe & Mail, and has been invited to present at maker education conferences across the world.
In the Spring of 2016, the MakerBus will be undergoing its second major renovation. To see the future of the MakerBus, click on the image below to see a concept plan created by Matter Architectural Studio.