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Who wants to start a hackerspace? 2 Replies

http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/HackerspacesWho wants to start a hackerspace? Where would you like to see it? Join up, speak out.Continue

Started by Michael Bishop. Last reply by Rechung Fujihira Mar 3, 2011.

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Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 28, 2011 at 12:19pm
From Mitch Altman of Noisebridge...
The local non-profit TV station here in San Francisco created a really nice 5-minute video about the hackerspace movement.

Jenny Oh, of KQED, does an online show called Science On the Spot.  She was at Noisebridge several times to create an episode about the hackerspace movement, with lots of footage of people doing cool things at Noisebridge.  After months of work, the results went up a couple days ago:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wamwklXWK4M
It starts with community (and continues with community).  Put the word out everywhere you can -- including here, and listing yourself on thehackerspaces.org list of hackerspaces wiki.  Tell everyone you know to tell everyone they know.  There are a lot of geek people of all sorts in Lake Forest, and surrounding Orange County.  Attract the ones you want by envisioning a culture of people that YOU want to hang out with.  That will attract more people into that culture, and that attracts more!  Leading workshops is a fantastic way to attract cool people and build excitement for a space.  You can do workshops before you have a space -- friends' offices over the weekend, or at night, find a friendly nearby co-working space, at a cafe where you ask the owner or manager. . .  Find interesting and diverse people to lead workshops that will attract diverse people you want to hang out with -- How to Solder (using a cool project as an example), Arduino For Newbies (using a cool p
roject as an example), How to Sew (using a cool project as an example), How to Weld (using a cool project as an example), How to Compost With Worms, How to Juggle, How to Make Puppets, Photography, Music, Video, the list of possibilities is endless!  Workshops are a great way to attract attention, have an ongoing stream of them.  And make sure you let people at the workshops know that if they like what they experience at the workshop, they will LOVE it when you get your own space, where stuff like this will be happening all the time, every day, 24/7!  Once you have a small group of dedicated people you like to work and play with, you can all go out and find a space.  And after you lay the community groundwork, once you have your own space, that's when things really take off.

All this worked great in starting Noisebridge (in San Francisco, in 2007), and it has worked great for hackerspaces around the world (starting to creep towards 1000 listed on the hackerspaces.org list!).

There's also more info on the hackerspaces.org wiki (including the very helpful Hackerspace Design Patterns).  And, if you can get a hold of the MAKE Magazine Ultimate Workshop & Tool Guide special issue that came out in November-2010, I wrote an article in there about How to Start a Hackerspace a href="http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/11/make_ultimate_workshop_tool_guide.html">http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/11/make_ultimate_workshop_too...>.
Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 27, 2011 at 10:36am

Check out the first episode of Make TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kRTpmswgFk

They talk about arduino, based on latest issue of Make mag (which hasn't arrived in my box yet!!)

Comment by Gorm Lai on January 26, 2011 at 1:19pm
Yeah, thanks for a good meeting last night. It was great to meet you. Seems there could be a lot of potential for this, just need to get the word out, and as you say Paul, keep the momentum going.
Comment by Ryan on January 25, 2011 at 9:27pm
Wow. How did I miss this discussion? I've been interested in seeing something like this develop in Honolulu for years. I've put my name on all kinds of wikis and have had the fortune to brainstorm with lots of like minded folks. (See the Coworking group here on Techhui.) I'm sorry I missed the first meeting. Ryan Kanno just mentioned it on Twitter. Suffice it to say, I'd like to be added to the email list!
Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 25, 2011 at 9:17pm
Great meeting tonight - 6 people is a good start. If I dont see ya'll at SourceMaui.com in Feb, then I'll see you again at a March/April event back on Oahu.
Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 25, 2011 at 9:16pm
Great meeting tonight - 6 people is a good start. If I dont see ya'll at SourceMaui.com in Feb, then I'll see you again at a March/April event back on Oahu.
Comment by Gorm Lai on January 25, 2011 at 9:32am
Did you send out a message where the meeting is? Maybe I missed it
Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 24, 2011 at 10:48pm
Manoa area around 5/6pm would give me time to talk, eat and still make my 9:40 flight home.  Pick a place.
Comment by Gorm Lai on January 23, 2011 at 9:36pm
I am not familiar enough with the area yet to be able to recommend anything in particular, but the Manoa area sounds good.
Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 23, 2011 at 9:06pm
Ok. My reservations are booked with return late tues nite. Time enough for a dinner and talk.  Recommendations for location?  Near UH Manoa or other good meetup location? I do not know Honolulu so someone else needs to pick location.
 

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