To “hack” is to deconstruct, figure out, and reinvent. While most associate the term with computers, hacking has much broader applications for engineers and programmers in a wide array of industries. These folks have formed hacker or “maker” networks worldwide that share open-source ideas on everything from wood shop basics, to circuitry, to software.
Engineers and economists see the potential for both product development and job creation. Minnesota 2020 Fellow Salman Mitha, an engineer, visited TC Maker in Minneapolis to explore the movement’s public policy potential.