Kelly Lucia, left, talks with
Mary Jane Sanchez during a one-on-one coaching
session Monday at WurkHub.
Technology and corporate workspace converge at Waukesha’s Wurk
Hub. Housed in a deceptively unassuming building at 417 W. Main
St., the Wurk Hub offers everything from classes for tech
newbies to workspace for seasoned IT professionals.
“Our goal is to
teach people,” said owner Mary Jane Sanchez. “You know where to go
for hammers and nails, but where do you go for technology?”
stood in the middle of the WurkHub as it buzzed with activity from
the weekend’s West End Open House. Some passersby stopped in to grab
a cup of chili while other people lounged on futons inside the
building, clicking away on their laptops.
building a community,” Sanchez said.
It’s been a dream
of Sanchez’s to have a space that can offer classes to teach, for
example, a grandmother how to use her brand-new smartphone while at
the same time giving programmers a place to plug in and get some
Items ranging from a little
pumpkin to an elaborate iPhone case with moving gears, all
created with a 3D printer, sit on display at WurkHub.
“Maybe you don’t
want to sit in the coffeehouse all day,” Sanchez said. “I have
some programmers that come in here and just bring their laptop
and hang out.”
marketing strategist who has been immersed in the tech world for 10
years, offers simple classes for $20 a pop on topics such as social
media, apps, Google and more. She can tailor classes for businesses
that have specific online needs, and she often brings in guest
speakers that can enlighten attendees on hardware like circuit
boards and even 3D printers.
morning she offers a session called Tech SOS, when people can come
in with any technology question, such as getting photos from a
smartphone to the computer or editing video.
them all everyday skills,” Sanchez said. “It’s important for people
to learn about technology to protect themselves. We can help them
embrace it and learn that it’s not something to be afraid of.”