HACKTIVATE

Do you need a Hacker Club at your school?

Mission

Overview

Hacktivate is a non-profit created to support makers. It's function is to turn prototypes and ideas developed in local hacker clubs into realities. For those that dare to dream, we dare to develop plans to act on those dreams.

Hacktivate partners with technologists, educators, curators, and other non-profits to find ways to engage our wider community in finding solutions to real problems.

History

Community

Maine Hacker Club

Hacktivate is committed to building a healthy and and supportive community of technologists, particularly in our local communities. We seek to bring people together to create positive experiences of technology exploration in a cross generational environment. Hacktivate itself grew out of the relationships of friendship and collaboration which developed in the Maine Hacker Club meetings.

Maine Civic Hack Day

Maine Civic Hack Day is an annual event focusing active community problem solving. It produces prototype solutions to real problems faced by local municipalities, non-profits, and individuals. In preparataion for the event, we work with these community partners to define one of their problems in the form of a challenge to the event participants.

Open Source Approach

The open source approach is a disposition toward sharing intellectual property in a way that invites collaboration from the wider community. While this approach is well known in software development, it is surprisingly unfamiliar to our students. The idea of sharing plans and specifications as a way to collaborate is also new to many adults. Hacktivate seeks to promote awareness of this model and demonstrate how to harness it for increased productivity and efficiency.

Board of Directors

Garrett Wilkin, President

Garrett founded Hacktivate in order to better serve his local community. He closely relates with technologists, sharing their fundamental enthusiasm and excitement in discovering how to build and improve upon a system or device. Garrett studied computer science at Syracuse University. Following that he worked as a programmer and manager in the financial software industry for 8 years. At the end of 2013, he accepted a new role at the start up providing analytics for publishers, Parse.ly. He is energized by bringing people together, teaching and learning new skills, and developing a vision of an improved community. Those interests led him to found Maine Hacker Club in February 2012. Garrett also is a member of the Bangor Breakfast Rotary Club and serves on the board of directors for Eastern Maine Development Corporation.

Benjamin Schrader, Vice President

Benjamin enjoys wooden blocks and Legos, taking things apart, climbing trees and building forts. Or, he used to. He was home-schooled before it was legal, and nerdy before it was cool [it isn't?]. He began programming at age 10 and computer drafting at age 14, and as a teen worked summer camps. He has degrees from EMCC and UMO, and experience in machining, welding, pipefitting, electronics, fluid power, drafting, and unexpectedly crashing one of GE Bangor's massive multi-axis machining centers. His designs in industry include a hydrostatic transmission for a neighborhood electric vehicle, a dry room for lithium battery development, an automatic overhead bifold door, and fire sprinkler systems. Ben likes to learn, to teach, and make things, and break things. He hopes to encourage creative makers in the community.

David Casavant, Treasurer

David serves as Treasurer for Hacktivate. He gratefully supports the efforts of the organization with his skills and experience as an attorney and certified public accountant. He is employed by Husson University as its Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and has served on a number of boards including the Penobscot County Bar Association, Bangor Area Children's Choir, and the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. He received a degree in Law from the University of Maine School of Law, a degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, and a degree in Politics and Government from the University of Hartford. He anticipates completing an MBA from Husson University in May of 2014. He resides in Hampden with his wife and four children. His interests include hiking and family.

Gibran Graham, Board Member

From a young age, Gibran Graham was inspired by futuristic tales of worlds where people created technology and used it to solve everyday problems. As a board member of Hacktivate, he is proud to help inspire others and see real world solutions pursued through the integration of technology into the community. Gibran’s work background is in retail management and marketing. He is currently the marketing manager and event coordinator at The Briar Patch children’s book and toy store in Downtown Bangor. Since 2008, his BangPop! events company has produced many annual events in the Bangor area, including the BangPop! Comic Con, SnowCon Gaming Convention, and Kid Central Festival. Gibran has a passion for the arts, volunteering, and developing programs to help the community come together. He also serves as a member of the steering committee for FUSION:Bangor and sits on several planning boards and non-profit organizations including the Downtown Bangor Partnership, PechaKucha Bangor, River City Cinema, and the Bangor Book Festival. In November of 2013, Gibran was elected to a three-year term on the Bangor City Council.

Contact

Call us at (207) 370-1862 or send an email to hello@hacktivate.org. We'd love to hear from you.