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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Open House Every Tues. @ 8PM

Meetup Feed

  • Cryptoparty 2018-09-20 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) DO NOT RSVP HERE, instead rsvp here: https://www.meetup.com/Cryptoparty-DFW/ ! Welcome to Cryptoparty! We're all about providing resources for regular folks seeking to secure their communications in a casual, fun, and positive environment.  Our events are free of charge, open to anyone, and politically non-aligned. After the presentation, there will be an open workshop time during which…
  • Lost Our Box Game Developers "Weekly Project Meetup" 2018-09-20 at 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) Do not RSVP here, instead do it here: https://www.meetup.com/lost-our-box-game-developers Whether it's your first time or you've been to all the meetups, join us. See what we've been working on and see where (not if) you can fit in. We'll quickly catch anyone up to par. Not sure if you want to work on the project…
  • Work From "Home" From The Lab 2018-09-21 at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM TheLab.ms - Plano's Makerspace (1915 N Central Expy Ste 370, Plano, TX) #WoFLFri == Work From the Lab Friday On Fridays we get together at the space to remotely do our "day jobs" in a social, co-working session. Around noon we'll head to lunch as a group. Members and non-members are welcome to participate. This also serves as an informal Open House, so please feel free to…

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