Winter Solstice Celebration

VOLUNTEER AND MEMBER RECOGNITION
*SPECIAL* BEER O’CLOCK AND MEMBER POTLUCK

Join us for a wonderful Awards & Volunteer Recognition Evening!

Our volunteers and members are the heart and soul of Yukonstruct: we owe a huge debt of gratitude to you ALL!

We would like to celebrate and honour in a casual way members and volunteers who had promoted collaboration, shared values and Yukonstruct society spirit in 2018.

There are distinct award categories:

For Cospace:

  • Most helpful member
  • Most inspiring member

For Launchspace:

  • Most innovative business of the year

For Makespace:

  • Maker of the year
  • Instructor of the year
  • Mentor of the year

Vote now!

BEER O’CLOCK followed by a MEMBER POTLUCK: Bring your favorite dish and come celebrate the season at NorthLight Innovation!

We proudly boast that Beer O’Clock is generously sponsored by Yukon Brewing!

2 free Beer for Yukonstruct members & guests are offered a cash bar – $5/beer.

For members, volunteers and tenants only – More details to come

Annual General Meeting

YuKonstruct Makerspace Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 5th 2018, at 6:00 pm.

The AGM will be held at (co)space from 6pm to 9pm, including a social after the business portion of the meeting.

Do you want to visit the new facility? Join us for a tour before the AGM between 5-6pm, at 2180 2nd Ave!

Call for nominations
YuKonstruct Makerspace Society operates YuKonstruct makerspace and (co)space. Collectively, they represent some of the most dynamic and exciting organizations in Whitehorse. This summer we’re moving into and operating Yukon’s new innovation hub at 2180 2nd Ave. A brand new, state of the art, multi-tenant facility with on-site resources designed to support our community of creatives, technologists, and entrepreneurs to be the trailblazers of the north’s future.

If you are someone who is passionate about our organization and is interested in strategic thinking, organizational development, and implementation: consider joining the Board!

Please send a short bio (200 words max) and reasons for interest in being on the Board to Graeme at graeme@yukonstruct.com.

Feel free to invite others who are interested in learning more about YuKonstruct Makerspace Society!

Coding for Artists

Want to use code for animation, visual design, audio, or any other medium? This is the place to start. This introduction to programming for the artistically-inclined will give artists and designers the tools to begin incorporating interactive or generative elements into their practice.The workshop is designed to get participants comfortable enough with programming to start exploring a broad range of topics on their own.

Participants will need to bring their own laptop or request one by emailing info@yukonstruct.com ahead of time. Before the workshop, please download the latest version of Processing from processing.org and complete the Getting Started tutorial, to ensure Processing runs properly on your machine (https://processing.org/tutorials/gettingstarted/).

About the instructor: Edward Keeble is a software developer and artist who once upon a time built interactive installations for companies like Canon, Honda, Chrysler, AT&T and others. He now writes code for a tech startup and builds weird blinky things in his spare time.

Cost: $60
Min 3, Max 4 participants

(co)space’s coworkers: Lauren

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building YuKonstruct’s makerspace. With lots of interesting members at (co)space, we wanted to broaden our interviews to include them!  We now have the (co)space’s coworkers interviews. Here’s Lauren’s.

Lauren, what role do you play at YuKonstruct and (co)space?
I’m joining this community with a few goals. First off, to continue telling the amazing story about the work and possibilities of this space and community it has attracted in its first year. I am excited to increase the volunteer and member engagement and marketing of YuKonstruct and (co)space.

What’s your Yukon story?
My husband, Patrick, four-year-old daughter, Kluane, and I moved from Baltimore, Maryland (USA) nine months ago. We had started and sold a craft brewery in Baltimore and were pining for the Northern way of life for our family after having spent some time in a remote cabin on Kluane Lake in 2010. We LOVE it here and amazingly our favorite part of the Yukon is the community which a perfect fit with the part of my role that is charged with community building around our vision for (co)space.

What do you like about this organization?
The vision. The team. The community. I come from a family of entrepreneurs and continue to be drawn to the radical ideas, courage, perseverance, and passion that makes up the true believers of dreams in this world. I also love the potential of this space! This organization is going to be THE spot for everyone with a dream looking for a community them help make it come true.

What are you excited about bringing to the community?
A career of community building and customer service to continue the organization’s growth. I started in International Tourism and moved on to Nonprofit Management. Every role in my career has revolved around my passion for creating exceptional experiences, bringing people together and building relationships and partnerships with diverse internal and external stakeholders.

Are you prepared for the Yukon winter?
HA! I have to admit, seeing -20C the other day made all the stories a reality and apparently that’s not even that cold! I still have not figured out how to dress, the right shoes to wear, how to cross-country ski, and how many vitamin D tablets to take per day to stay sane but I’ll get there soon enough…I hope.

Celebrating (co)space’s first birthday!

You’re invited to celebrate one year of coworking in Whitehorse! We opened our doors a year ago and what a year it’s been! Come enjoy some food and cake (and a cash bar) and help us celebrate this incredible milestone and look ahead to year 2!

Understanding Complex and Complicated Problems/Systems

Finding yourself at the lead of or in the middle of a complex system? Or is it complicated?
Join us at (co)space this Thursday Nov 3rd from 5-6pm to learn how to recognizing the difference between Complex and Complicated (problems, systems etc.), why this distinction matters and how you can use this understanding to be more effective at problem solving and decision making.
Michael Cheveldave is a master trainer and facilitator with Cognitive Edge and is responsible for the company’s business partnership and training activities globally. With over 8 years of experience in applying the Cynefin framework and SenseMaker®, Michael has developed an ability to communicate the practice of complexity theory in a way that audiences can quickly relate to and apply.
This event is free for members.
$5 for non-members (pay when you arrive)
In partnership with the Executive Leadership Centre at Yukon College.

Startup in Residence at (co)space

Wes from Clearbanc wrote about their time up here for the Startup in Residency program:

“I work for Clearbanc, a financial tech startup building a bank for freelancers and the self-employed. For the last two weeks, we were privileged to occupy the seat of “entrepreneur in residence” at (co)space.

(For readers outside of Whitehorse, (co)space is a coworking space in Whitehorse, Yukon territory, Canada).

For most of the working hours, we occupied the floor above (co)space (dropping in below periodically for coffee and beer); this space was well equipped for our team. I was energized as if at a hackathon, excited at having a different level of focus and presence from the team and excited at having the chance to step outside of our routines and the daily grind and consider bigger issues of visions and longer-term goals. After hours, we tried to mix in with the environment, spending some time on mountain bikes on the trails in Riverdale, playing ultimate frisbee, walking the waterfront, meeting with local entrepreneurs, and getting to know a few of the local restaurants and watering holes. Our weekends took us to Haines Junction, Takhini Hot Springs, the Vista Outdoor Learning Center, Dawson City, and a stop in Carcross.

This was the first trip to the Yukon for all but one of our team, and we were all blown away: blown away by the beauty of the territory, blown away by the warmth of the welcome and hospitality, by the ingenuity and resilience of the variety of entrepreneurs and business-people we met, and by the strength of the community.

Thanks to Yukonstruct and (co)space for an incredible two weeks – these will be an easy two weeks to remember, and will remain an important part of Clearbanc.” 

(co)space is an initiative of YuKonstruct and is made possible by the generous support of Yukon Economic Development, CanNor, Northwestel, Startup Canada, Startup Whitehorse, Yukon Brewing, MPIG Holdings and MakeIT. This initiative would not have been possible without the additional help of TechYukonNorthmark Ventures Inc.City of WhitehorseCold Climate Innovations, Air North and NVD. Thank you!

(co)space’s coworkers: Jenna

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building YuKonstruct’s makerspace. With lots of interesting members at (co)space, we wanted to broaden our interviews to include them!  We now have the (co)space’s coworkers interviews. Here’s Jenna’s.

Jenna, what do you work on while at (co)space? (what is your business/studies)
I work a lot on business development, networking, and social media. I own two companies, Frozen Beach Music, Inc. and Dynamics Intelligence Inc. Frozen Beach Music is a music production company and Dynamics Intelligence is a technology software company.

How did you get involved with (co)space?
I conducted a web search for co-location/virtual offices.  After touring (co)space, I knew it was for me, a perfect fit.

Why did you join (co)space?
To be able to operate my business in a place with reliable internet access, a place that was away from home, and a place where I could meet and interact with other business community members.

What do you like most about (co)space being up and running? 
The staff is clearly the best to work with. They are very reliable and get things resolved quickly.

Why do you think other people should become (co)space members?
Anyone that is looking for a place to work that is not in their home, a place to socialize with other business people, and a place with reliable high speed internet should become a member.

What inspires you to work?
I love statistics and being involved with social media is exciting if you like statistics, charts, reports, and graphs.  It’s really exciting to see something go viral and it is challenging to constantly find new content to keep the traffic levels up.

What advice to you have for other members?
My advice would be to get more involved. Host an event or simply invite colleagues to (co)space.

Meet the Makers: Jaret

Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our makerspace. Jaret Slipp is YuKonstruct and (co)space’s new Executive Director and Financial Sustainability Manager. Please come out and meet Jaret at the BBQ we are hosting on August 24 at YuKonstruct’s makerspace.

  • How and why did you get involved with YuKonstruct?
    Jaret: I joined through (co)space right at the beginning of the co-working space. I have always wanted to join the maker space, but hadn’t made the move, but when (co)space was in the works, it was just what I needed: a place to work and feel a part of a community of movers and shakers. I tried it out for a month and really liked the casual yet professional and inspiring feel of the place. The more I connected and got involved with site moderation and learning more about YuKonstruct, the more I wanted to keep being a part of this energy.

  • What do you like most about YuKonstruct being up and running?
    Jaret: I like that the organization is a conduit to draw Yukon talent out of the woodwork and to connect us into a self-fulfilling community. The Yukon is a small community, but we have a high density of talented individuals combined with a culture of creativity and and a “can-do” attitude. I think YuKonstruct is a perfect platform to just give that extra little support and advantage to people with ideas to take things to the next level, what ever that may be. If we are all taking something to the next level, that is good for the Yukon community, economy, and all of our well-being.

  • What do you think will be YuKonstruct’s biggest challenge?
    Jaret: A topic that is at the core of my new role at YuKonstruct is the need to transition from start-up capital to sustainable revenue streams. We will need to find a balance of self-generated income, private sponsorship, and government and project grants. Balance and sustainability, while staying true to our core mission and purpose will be a key challenge in the near future.

    Also, peripheral to this, but relevant to increasing sustainability, is going to be the challenge of growing awareness and understanding of our amazing resources in this community. We will need to evolve and continue to offer relevant programming to makers and entrepreneurs of all types, while communicating success stories and showcasing the value and impact of Yukonstruct and (co)space as social and economic assets. This is going to take collective action by the entire YuKonstruct community.

  • What advice do you have for other makers or entrepreneurs in the Yukon?
    Take your idea and make a prototype, just do it, and show it, don’t be shy, share it get feedback and reiterate. This includes business ideas: get out of the idea stage, get out of letting it stew in your head. Things will move faster and better if you throw it on the table and say “what do you think folks?”

  • What are you working on now?
    Jaret: I am building a lot in a new house we moved into, and my current project is to join two raw-edge slabs of Tagish Lake spruce drift wood I got from rustic north into a L-shaped bar top. I will likely use iron piping for supports – I am going for an industrial piping look with raw bark edges on the wood counter top. Hope it turns out well, it will be a central part of our kitchen.

The Sharing Economy – Networking event

Join us at (co)space (202 Strickland Street) for an evening of networking and discussion about the Sharing Economy lead by Keith Halliday.

The Sharing Economy in the Yukon from the Gold Rush to the Digital Era
Local management consultant and Yukon News “Yukonomist” columnist Keith Halliday will share some thoughts on the sharing economy in the Yukon from the original Sourdoughs at Forty Mile to today, and will try to figure out what it means for the future of the Yukon economy, and your own business!

Guest Speaker:
Keith Halliday
Keith is a graduate of F.H. Collins and the London School of Economics, served in the Canadian foreign service in Brussels and has advised corporate and public sector clients in the Yukon and internationally as a management consultant for over 15 years. He writes the weekly Yukonomist column in the Yukon News, which won 2015’s Ma Murray award for best column. He also wrote the Aurore of the Yukon series of historical adventure novels and is chair of the board at the MacBride Museum of Yukon History.