Welcome......to the one-stop-resource collaboration for Technology Maturation and Commercialization
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Industry, academia, and community leaders were brought together to explore the knowledge and skills needed that enables innovators to bring their technology to life. What emerged was a mapping of concepts and areas of understanding that educators must address, such as: understanding funding as a process, why risk is not just something to be avoided, and the importance of evolving team leadership as the technology is being developed. The original project was part of a D.O.L. WIRED grant in New Mexico, now the products produced by independent contributors are being widely disseminated through this wiki.

Why TechMaker?
A problem was identified: plenty of technology is maturing, but commercialization is not happening. This problem was best characterized by one of the project's founders, "We are given the ingredients to make the cake, the bowl and the spoon, but very rarely do we make a cake." It was decided that a centralized place for educational resources in technology maturation and commercialization is needed, and needed at many educational and interest levels, from high schools focusing on developing entrepreneurial and innovative capacity, to the colleges and state-wide institutions that the high schools feed.

With these resources, it is our hope that you will be able to make the cake!
What is TechMaker?ONE - A focused set of concept maps, based on expert innovator's knowledge, on which to base a framework for teaching and learning. In one of the founder's words, "They [the maps] really show everybody what we do." The maps are tools imparting the knowledge of experts from a variety of areas in emerging technology, business, and company operations.
TWO - A focused set of resources based on the maps, and templates for developing curriculum, teaching and learning objects, effective formats such as problem solving and case studies. The framework guides the structure of this wiki resource colletion and the wiki pages that are contributed to it. The resources and templates give you a starting point for developing your own teaching and learning objects and curriculum.THREE - Using wiki pages to hold the resources we are able to develop an open system that is flexible and portable to any curriculum, any course, any cross disciplinary model that is desirable in today's education.
What technology areas are addressed with TechMaker?
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Transportation
  • Networking
  • Energy

Where can I get more information about this project and wikis?Contact the wiki admin.Click on the links in the navigation bar to learn more about our maps, competencies, and how we will measure our effectiveness.Basic introduction to Wikis: YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLYMeet Ward Cunningham, Inventor of Wikis: Ward http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_75NoC85TE Links to the DOL WIRED
project: Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development