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A hackerspace can mean many things to many people. But here's some common elements:

  • A community space
  • A technical and creative space
  • A collective desire among members to make a better world

Some common elements of what it isn't:

  • A place focussing on commercialization of talent or products
  • A place of or supporting violence
  • A place that is annoyed by differences

See also: makerspace.

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It is defined as Stage Three on the path to Total World Domination by the Hackerspace Business Plan. It is marked by having an actual physical space, in contrast to just a digital presence. Nor is it quite yet a makerspace with expensive steel-working machine tools and additional liability.

Hackerspaces can create maximum value generation with the following tools:

  • open wifi,
  • lockers to hold projects or whatever,
  • private desks with computers, probably running linux,
  • shared work tables
  • whiteboard for collaboration and a log of past conversations for others to see,
  • projectors to demo ideas and to have projected onto light curtains, frosted windows, or walls to entice people about what you're doing,
  • cork board to hold asynchronous conversations, build creative ideas into projects and form an organizational memory (see also PangaiaWorldGame),
  • a stereo system if you're chill enough to have good HackerSoundScapes,
  • a well-curated library,
  • retail space with supplies and products for/from the space,
  • lounge area for members to hang out,
  • a kitchen for the late-nite hackathons.

At this Stage, it's good to have connections to the educational sector as students will probably find a lot of value in what you're doing and members from such domain can start communicating interest to greater spheres of public engagement.

Ideas for projects or classes at this level:

  • Pre-cut kits gathered from MAKE magazine.
  • ...
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