History

Roxy, Richard, and Shawn – The Founders

Back in 2013 three friends got together to discuss the local hacker/maker meetups and spaces about what they liked and what was lacking. These initial conversations between Shawn, Roxy, and Richard lead to the formation of TheLab.ms as a new non-profit organization with a mission to foster collaborations between science, art, culture, and technology. The idea was to bring many groups with different interests all together into a single space where their ideas and interests could intersect and spawn new ideas and interests to the benefit of all involved.

What is the best way to determine the initial leadership structure for a non-profit created by friends?   A few rounds of Rock Paper Scissors, of course.  That is how the initial officer positions were determined and it worked out well.  Throughout 2013 this core group of friends flushed out the initial Bylaws and a business plan and filed with the IRS for non-profit status which was approved in 2014.

For more than a year TheLab.ms was a nomadic entity with no space and meetings at various locations in Plano.  During this time, fundraising events and our initial paying members allowed us to raise enough money to open our own space in mid 2015.  Without the communities support and our plankholders willingness to start paying for membership in a space that didn’t yet exist TheLab.ms would not have been able to form and grow into what it is today.


Plano Magazine wrote a great article about us at the time we opened our space.  You can read it here:  http://planomagazine.com/thelab-ms/

Hours & Info

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Meetup Feed

  • Python Programming for Everyone 2019-08-18 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) • What we'll do:Do you have an interest in in one of the easiest and most prolific languages of our time? Come and join as as we work on Python projects and share our experiences. This meetup we will bring our own projects and work on them, discuss them (and other Python things), and help…
  • Build Party: Red Bull Soapbox Race 2019-08-20 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) The Red Bull Soapbox Race is Sept 28th. We've got a frame, and it needs some work (e.g. drop weight, raise wheels). Let's jump on it! Tools needed:* Something that can cut steel (angle grinder and/or handheld plasma cutter would be ideal)* large wheels to replace existing ones Here's our current project board:https://github.com/TheLab-ms/Red-Bull-Soapbox/projects/1 https://soapboxrace.redbull.com/usa-dallas/en/
  • Amateur Woodworking 2019-08-20 at 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) Standing meeting for general woodworking topics, project planning/ sharing and skills transfer. Look for individual events for specific project work. RSVP at this link, not on this Meetup Page.https://www.meetup.com/Amatuer-Woodworking/events/257140192/

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