Promoting and encouraging technical, scientific and artistic skills through social collaboration, education and individual projects.
Ace Monster Toys (“AMT”) hackerspace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit member supported organization founded in 2011. We support traditional makers and craftspeople as well as hackers both digital and material. Our community brings together people of diverse skill levels by providing resources and culture to build networks; co-work; and engage in projects that benefit individuals and the community at large. The resources we develop include spaces and a wide variety of tools and supplies to support making and learning.
Supporting our mission is met with more than just space and tools. We hold the following values as integral to our success:
- We are intentionally growing a welcoming community of diverse people with an economically accessible offering. We bring together makers, craftspeople, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, programmers, creators and hackers in Oakland, CA and the greater East Bay.
- The spirit of curiosity is at the heart of hacking, our culture of camaraderie makes for a welcoming place for those who are willing to try something new or ask how things work
- Sharing expertise, ideas and knowledge is what makes growth possible as a community, individuals and professionals
- We promote an environment of cooperation where conducting ourselves with respect for each other and the space is expressed though active transparency and communication
Monster Corps Coordinator
Rachel (aka Crafty) is an independent consultant in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She has yet to choose one discipline and can be frequently found consulting on anything from unique wearables to front-end development to design and more. She also likes to teach whether it be 1:1 private lessons or as a volunteer with both adults and kids. During the last four years she has also amused herself sewing, herding cats and hacking culture at AMT and several other Bay Area maker/artist spaces.
Rachel “DrShiny” McConnell
Rachel1.0* is a founding member of Ace Monster Toys and a past director and president. She has used nearly every piece of equipment at Ace at least once. Currently she runs Neal’s CNC, a custom cutting and fabrication shop in Hayward. She also makes welded dinosaurs, public art, and many of her own clothes. She does as much of this at Ace as possible!
*more bugs and fewer features than subsequent Rachels
Board of Directors
Ben has been a member of AMT since October of 2013. He has contributed to making decisions, parties, many a woodshop or CNC routed project. He stepped up to be a board member in July of 2015 during which his can-do attitude has been pivotal to moving big org projects forward. He brings a variety of mad skills both digital and otherwise and darn fine quirky sense of humor.
Ray has been coming to AMT for over Two years. He leverages the space at AMT to work on projects that just wouldn’t fit in his apartment. He mostly builds things for his kids… laser cutting snowflakes for a ‘Frozen’ birthday party, a Transformers Checkerboard for his son, and his most ambitious project….a life size, fully remote controlled Astromech – R2-D2
In addition to the space and available equipment, what he enjoys most about AMT is the community! Everywhere you turn, someone is willing to teach you how to use a new piece of machinery or provide you with great tips on how to improve your project.
Pierre joined Ace shortly after relocating to the Bay Area. Initially interested in the Raspberry Pi meetup, the amazing culture of sharing knowledge quickly led him in learning about many of the tools that are available at Ace, from the big CNC router to 3D printing, and, of course, laser. After two years of membership, learning from others, he became more involved in running the space by helping wherever his skill set could be of use.
Niki is an aspiring folk artist with an unhealthy Pinterest obsession. She is ready to help members with budgeting and business plans for larger-scale projects. Niki can also be counted on as an extra pair of hands needed, getting to help others and learn from their work is her favorite thing about Ace!
Chris leads an handyman and kitchen remodel consulting team for local realtors. They focus on energy, lighting and space efficiencies and clearing project roadblocks. He has brought that experience, expertise and enthusiasm for building to AMT for the last several years when he has found himself on the West Coast. A semi-reformed serial and mass entrepreneur he provides advice to Presidents (startup presidents that is) and founders as another facet of his career.
A builder and an entrepreneur at heart, Chris is thrilled to be adding his personal and professional skills to the AMT MakerSpace team.