Makerspace facilities (or “hacker spaces”) are innovation and development centres that are appearing in communities across North America. Most offer shared work space as well as access to equipment and technology. They are typically not-for-profit, membership-based, and open to the public
The IF Centre is a maker space of a different breed.
First, at over 100,000 square feet, it will be the largest facility of its kind in North America. It will contain cutting-edge laboratory and computer equipment, high-tech food processing equipment, and high-tech manufacturing and production equipment typically found only in private sector business or large government institutions. In this respect, it goes far beyond most maker space facilities.
Second, The IF Centre involves entrepreneurs, businesses, education and government in a collaborative and open environment of connecting, sharing and creating. It welcomes all participants, embracing openness and transparency, and celebrating mutual success.
Finally, and perhaps of the greatest importance, the IF Centre is all about making things. It’s isn’t a think-tank or an R&D centre (although a lot of experimenting, testing and development will take place). It isn’t just about the theoretical (although many theories will be put to the test). And it isn’t just about shared facilities (although it will offer those). The IF Centre is a hub for creativity, innovation, collaboration – and for making things. From modelling to prototypes to samples – even to small production runs – The If Centre is about taking ideas, bringing them to life and creating real products that solve real-world problems.
IF Windsor-Essex is built on the belief that successful small business is a force for good, for the individual and for our community. Our mission is to facilitate that success at the IF Centre.