Spinning up a simple web app used to require months of development, a team of people, and tons of capital for (physical!) servers. Today a single person can build more than a team of ten in a weekend. We see it every day on Product Hunt.
It’s never been easier to turn an idea into a product. Making has become far more accessible thanks in part to the rise of “no code” tools and advancements made over the last few decades. In turn, we’re seeing an explosion of people use technology to build something and express themselves the same way a musician dabbles on the drums. This is a good thing, but it introduces another problem: Difficulty in getting feedback and breaking out from the noise.
Thankfully, we’re seeing a movement to support this growing audience: Maker Communities.
There seems to be increasing demand to connect, learn, and collaborate with other makers as new spaces emerge. So, in attempt to map the maker ecosystem, I asked Twitter:
Your suggestions and further research resulted in the list below. Communities listed match the following criteria:
Additionally, each maker community is categorized into four areas of focus:
This categorization may not be perfect as some communities span across multiple dimensions.
After reflecting on this list, a few observations emerged:
Of course I’ve likely missed some important — obvious to some — maker communities. Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments here or with me on Twitter.
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