Also, be sure to check out craftzine.
What Sparks Innovation?
Here are a couple of worthwhile videos with Tim O'Reilly, founder O'Reilly Media discussing technology and innovation. http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Ctrl-Alt-Compete/INTERVIEW-Tim-OReilly
He was in Kansas City recently and gave a talk at the Union Station Maker Faire. This is a very inspirational talk. http://www.kauffman.org/KauffmanMultimedia.aspx?VideoId=1023424383001&type=M
Events & Activities
HMS Beagle Science Store - voted Coolest Store in Kansas City
Check out these other great Maker Friendly groups:
Local Hackerspace and Makerspace Groups
Regional Hackerspace and Makerspace Groups