2016 Election Night

Quelab’s annual board election will be held on Wednesday 17 Feburary 2016, starting at 7PM at Tractor Brewing Wells Park. We will have the whole taproom to ourselves to have a celebratory end to 2015, and a welcoming of the new 2016. Bring a project to show off, and come join the community of Quelab in a party setting.

The nominations will end this coming Wednesday, and the official slate of candidates will be announced at that time on the members list. All members paid in full (or on automatic payment) will be sent a voting guide, and all the candidates will be invited to post a quick blog entry as an introduction: keep your eyes peeled.

We will have the folks from Spork The World on hand to provide food, but the taproom is welcome to any food brought in. And even though this is being held at an drinking establishment, minors are welcome with their guardians.

Electronic voting will start on Monday at 8PM, and will run until Wednesday at 8PM, so on-site and electronic voting will both be closed at that time, and we will go and tabulate the results and announce the winners of the election this evening.

So join us at Tractor Brewing Wells Park on Wednesday 17 February, from 7-10PM!

Electronic voting link here

Thanks Everyone Who turned out!

Community Meeting Sunday Feb 7

Quelab is holding our next community meeting and potluck on Sunday, February 7. Potluck at 4 PM, meeting at 5:05 PM.

The agenda is here. If you would like to add anything to the agenda please let an officer know.

All community meetings are open to members of the public. Please bring a potluck dish if you’d like to join us at 4 PM. You are welcome to stay for our hack night at 7 PM as well! We hope to see you there!

Upcoming and Ongoing Events:

Members be sure to vote in the Board of Directors elections, voting can be done either electronically or in person before 8 PM at the Election Night party, held Wed, February 17 at Tractor Brewing Wells Park. Nominations are accepted until February 12.

Quelab’s Basic Woodworking course is in progress. The current session is at full enrollment, and we will be offering this popular course again in the future.

Join us for Arduino Wednesday, Quelab’s Arduino Build Night. February sessions on the 10th and 24th, 6 PM.

Tabletop Game Night happens at Quelab every second and fourth Thursday, 6 PM – 10 PM. Come on down February 11 and 25 and try a new game or bring an old favorite.

There will be an offsite get together for “Women, Trans, Femme” makers on Sun, February 14, 11 AM, at The Distillery, 2921 Stanford Dr. NE, Albuquerque. If you are interested in attending, please rsvp to lissakgirlsntech AT gmail.com

New Mexico Radio collectors club meets at Quelab on Sun, February 14, 1pm – 4pm. Quelab members are welcome to sit in on the meeting at no charge. More info at http://www.newmexicoradiocollectorsclub.com/

Flytcam Academy will be teaching their sUAS (drone) 8 week ground school beginning Thursday March 3, 6 PM to 9 PM. More details on this course available soon!

CLASS – Introductory Woodworking Workshop Series

Learn woodworking at Quelab’s fully-equipped wood shop! The Basic Woodworking course is designed for the average person who would like to learn how do wood working projects and learn how to use both hand and power tools. The course will expose attendees to all facets of wood working and include planning, preparing and finishing projects. Attendees will design and build a project of their own selection.

Darrel Knutson, John “JT” Benedetto, and Gönner will be facilitating an Eight-Week Introductory Woodworking course on Mondays, 6 PM – 8 PM.

All the sessions for the course will be held in both the Core and MASTS Wood section. The class will be $100 for the whole 8 week course, and members get a 60% discount ($40 for the entire run)This course is limited to adults 18+.

We will be looking to offer a future Basic Woodworking course open to ages 14 and over accompanied by a parent/guardian, so keep an eye out!

2016 Board Election Process

Greetings Quelab Members!

The Quelab Board Of Directors Election is coming up. There will be a period of 3 days for people to vote, ending Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 8pm during our election celebration event. During the election period, all voting members will have a chance to submit their vote electronically. At the election event, before 8pm, anyone who hasn’t voted yet can submit a paper ballot.

Nominations – Beginning now, any member can submit a nomination for the election. The nominee must be at least 18 years old but does not have to be a Quelab member. Members can nominate themselves. Once a nominee confirms that they are interested they will have a chance to introduce themselves and communicate their interest to the members. Nominees will be encouraged to create a 3-minute or less YouTube video to introduce themselves as a candidate. Send nominations to secretary@quelab.net. Nominations will close on February 12, 2016.

Counting – When voting, everyone will be asked to rank all of the candidates that they want to vote for, they can rank as many candidates as they want. Unless they are only voting for one candidate, the votes must be ranked. The votes will be counted using a single transferable vote system. This video has a good explanation of that system:

There is a minimum quorum requirement (52%), and we want to have everyone’s input, so please vote!

If there are any questions please address them to officers@quelab.net

Chris Hughes

Quelab Strategic Planning and Community Meeting and Potluck – Sunday, December 6

You’re invited to our next community meeting and potluck on Sunday, December 6! Potluck at 4 PM, meeting at 5:05 PM.

This meeting includes our annual strategic planning session where you can share your ideas for next year! Please join us, we would love to hear your ideas. The focus of this meeting is what Quelab will be in 2016!

It’s your chance to share your plans for what you want to make for your personal projects in the next year as well as what you want to make for Quelab!

See an officer if you would like to add anything to the meeting agenda.

All community meetings are open to members of the public. Please bring a potluck dish. You are welcome to stay for our hack night at 7 PM as well! We hope to see you there!

Quelab approved for 501(c)3 nonprofit status!


Quelab is proud to announce that the IRS has approved 501(c)3 nonprofit status for us!

Quelab has been a New Mexico nonprofit, partnered with School Factory as our fiscal sponsor, for the last four years. We very much appreciate their ongoing support and assistance as we prepare for our transition to becoming our own 501(c)3 nonprofit.  Having our own 501(c)3 means that we are now a federally tax-exempt non-profit on our own, and we are very excited about the new possibilities for Quelab!

We still have much to do as we prepare for this new phase of our growth, but we wanted to go ahead and share the news with all of our supporters so you can share the excitement with us! Thank you so much to all of our members, friends, event attendees, partner organizations, and YOU!

Quelab a finalist for the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship!

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Quelab is one of the finalists for the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship! We are pleased to be considered along with 10 other wonderful organizations in Albuquerque. Congratulations to all the finalists!


We have already accomplished so much since Quelab’s founding in 2010, and it is an honor to be recognized for what we have done so far by reaching the finalist level for the Mayor’s Prize.

It is wonderful to see people finding their inspiration to become “makers” of things, taking small steps like learning to solder, turning wood on a lathe, or 3D printing an object can inspire so much more! At Quelab you might see a child learning to code, a professional artist learning to use a laser cutter, or an entrepreneur connecting with other makers to figure out how to build a product.
Quelab is more than just a place to make things, it’s also a community of makers. We hold formal classes and we also learn from each other via informal connections that bring new ideas to life. More than a dozen entrepreneurial businesses make use of the tools, equipment, and community at our Albuquerque makerspace for diverse needs from meeting and classroom space, to prototyping new products, and even manufacturing final goods. The strength of our community is why MAKE Magazine selected Quelab as one of their Most Interesting Makerspaces in America.