- Registered matriculated UW Seattle students
- Full-time UW faculty and staff (all campuses)
Welcome to the CoMotion MakerSpace, open to all students, faculty and staff. The MakerSpace strives to provide access to a wide range of useful and well-maintained equipment and trainings, as well as project space. The MakerSpace seeks to provide a safe and secure environment and facilities suitable for design, fabrication, collaboration and learning activities. MakerSpace users are expected to respect the rights of others, the integrity of the MakerSpace resources, and the community mission of the MakerSpace.
Users will not:
Sanctions for non-compliance:
If a MakerSpace user violates a rule, a staff member may give them one or more strikes. These strikes decay after a quarter. If a MakerSpace user receives three strikes within a single quarter window, they will be (at the very least) banned from usage of the MakerSpace for a quarter starting from the date of the third strike. If you feel you have been given a strike unjustifiably, contact the MakerSpace manager.
MakerSpace users found in violation of this code of conduct may also be asked to present identification to MakerSpace staff; may be subject to a search of backpacks or bags; may be directed to leave the premises and not return to the MakerSpace facilities for the day; and may be reported to University of Washington police. Disciplinary or legal action may also be taken in accordance with applicable laws and policies.
Federal and Washington State laws, local regulations and UW policies, including the Student Conduct Code, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment policies and other policies in the UW Policy Directory also apply within the UW MakerSpace. In addition, the MakerSpace has written policies on food, drink and tobacco and use of equipment. All referenced MakerSpace policies can be found on this page.
It is the policy of the MakerSpace to maintain an environment appropriate for the protection of equipment and projects and conducive to work. Food and covered beverages are allowed in some, but not all, of the space. The MakerSpace prohibits the consumption of food while using computers or other electronic technology. The MakerSpace reserves the right to ask any user to remove his/her food and/or beverage from the space if in the judgment of the staff it constitutes a violation of this policy. In addition, failure to comply with posted restrictions or staff instructions regarding the consumption of food and beverages constitutes a violation of the MakerSpace Code of Conduct.
Guidelines for the Consumption of Snack Foods and Covered Beverages
In order to preserve MakerSpace equipment resources and provide a comfortable environment for all, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:
The use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes is prohibited in all areas of the MakerSpace. Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings by state law. This prohibition also extends to the use of electronic cigarettes in accordance with a King County Board of Health Ordinance.
The following rules apply to use of equipment and computers within the MakerSpace and supplement University-wide policies on use of computing resources.
Users who fail to comply with these policies may have access privileges suspended or revoked.
CoMotion MakerSpace strictly prohibits possessing dangerous weapons or instrumentalities in the MakerSpace or using the MakerSpace to manufacture dangerous weapons or instrumentalities (per Washington Administrative Code sections 478-121-143(1) and 478-124-020(2)(e)). If you have any questions, please consult a full-time staff member.
The CoMotion Makerspace is intended as a community innovation space, and is open to UW students, faculty, staff, and other eligible user categories listed on the CoMotion MakerSpace home page and updated from time to time. Use of the CoMotion Makerspace does not create any intellectual property obligations for the user; in other words, no new “strings” are added by use of the CoMotion Makerspace facility. The only obligation that is created by use of the facility is to participate in and enrich the community (see “Community Enrichment” in the User Agreement).
Any existing Intellectual Property (“IP”) obligations that apply to what a user brings into or creates in the CoMotion Makerspace cannot be eliminated simply by use of the CoMotion Makerspace facility, however. For example, IP obligations from an employment agreement or employer policy, whether that employer is UW or a private company, may apply to what a user creates in the CoMotion Makerspace (or what that user creates at home in their garage) if that creation is related to their work for that employer.
Further detail for UW employees and students regarding existing general IP obligations to UW can be found in Executive Order 36 (Patent, Invention, and Copyright Policy).
For the sake of clarity, the use of the facility, equipment, supplies, or staff support will not create any obligation for UW employees and students to report inventions or assign said inventions to the University.
Jeanette Ennis supports UW researchers pursuing grant money to commercialize their innovations, and helps CoMotion secure economic development grant opportunities. Ennis joined CoMotion in 2009 after more than 15 years of broad research experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and manager. Her areas of expertise include pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology, tissue engineering, and medical devices. She has worked with a variety of start-up companies as project manager, grant writer, and intellectual property manager, and held senior research positions at Cornell University and the UW Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. She earned a doctorate in medical and molecular pharmacology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she trained with Louis Ignarro, Nobel Laureate in Physiology. She also holds a certificate in technical writing and editing from the UW Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.