In September, the Steam Exchange participated in Louisville’s Startup Weekend, where we pitched our idea of starting a tool lending library. We were lucky enough to be one of the organizations whose proposal was selected for development over the weekend. Our team was composed of people with a variety of skills from software developers to designers to community organizers. We built the foundations of a website, wrote a business plan, and surveyed the general population to gather interest. What we found during our ‘customer discovery’ interactions, was that by and large, the people of Louisville are ready for, and excited about, having a tool share network or tool lending library. By the end of Sunday, our heads were swimming with ideas and excitement, and we left with the beginnings of a Tool Share website.
In October, at a national conference of mayors, Mayor Greg Fischer pitched a community tool share as a potential city initiative to support the maker/entrepreneur movement. This grew into meetings we had in December and January with Ted Smith, the Chief of Civic Innovation at Louisville Metro Government. With the support of Louisville Metro Government, we are now working with Lead Software Engineer, Matt Tannahill on completing the website to try to officially launch Louisville Tool Share in April for the Mayor’s Week of Service. If you support this project and/or want to be kept up to date on our progress, please like us on facebook at Tool Share. Thanks for your support!