2nd Floor of the Boilermaker Shops in Navy Yard Leased by Ideaspace

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300 Tingey Street, SE

From Navy Yard ANC Rep David Garber:

“Happy to finally be able to announce that the entire second floor as well as one retail space of the Boilermaker Shops in The Yards DC will be taken by Ideaspace, a brand new concept for the tech and industrial design community in DC, where “members enjoy access to open work space, classes and experiential workshops, world-class speakers and events, as well as a state-of-the-art maker lab and wet lab.” Essentially, this will be a 16,000 square feet co-working space and event space, as well as a separate maker lab for building anything from robots, to hardware, to new product prototypes, to “DIY bio hacking” using the wet lab. Membership will start at $99/month, which makes it a pretty accessible place for a wide range of entrepreneurs and “makers.” So really, like nothing that currently exists in DC at this size and level.

Their goal right now is to open in the first quarter of 2014.”

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  • It’s a really neat idea. I’m not sure who would use it, but they must have done their market research and discovered there are some potential customers out there. Can’t wait to see what innovations and creations come out of it. :)

  • There has been a good bit of demand for this in the DC market, and this will be great space for it. I know my household will be claiming two subscriptions.

  • justinbc

    I would pay $99 a month just to play with the robots the other people build!

  • My husband is coming back from Cambridge where there is a lot of this type of thing going on. He’ll be subscribing for sure.

  • Nice space and concept. However, sustaining such an enterprise will require far more than the $99/month teaser.

    Although not mentioned in the article, there are many places in the metropolitan area (with knowledgeable, experienced people) to explore interests in making. Here’s a partial list:

    Local Maker Resources~

    HackDC hackdc.org
    HacDC is located on the third floor of the St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, at the intersection of 16th and Newton Streets, NW in the Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights area of Washington, DC.

    Nova Labs
    Reston, VA
    http://www.nova-labs.org

    Fab Lab DC
    North Capitol Street NW
    fablabdc.org

    Baltimore Node
    403 East Oliver Street
    Baltimore, MD. 21202
    (410) 680-NODE (6633)
    $50 per month membership

    CCBC Fab Lab
    800 S Rolling Road Catonsville, MD
    5 visits for $25

    Baltimore Hackerspace
    6410 Landay Ave.
    Baltimore, MD 21237
    $27-52 per month membership

    Baltimore Foundery
    207 S Central Ave
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    info@bmorefoundery.com
    $30-50 per month membership

    Baltimore Underground Science Space
    1001 N Haven Street
    Baltimore MD

    100k Garages
    http://www.100kgarages.com/
    100kGarages.com is a place for people who have designs, or just ideas for things they want to make, to connect with digital fabricators (“Fabbers”) who can help make these ideas become real.

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