The Sponsoring Anti-Pattern

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This page is a part of Design Patterns.

Its content is derived from the presentation "Building a Hacker Space" by Jens Ohlig and Lars Weiler.

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You think it’s a good idea to meet at a company that likes you or at a university where most of you study anyway.


Never ever depend your space on external sponsors. Donations are great, but remember that companies can go bankrupt and you won’t be a student forever. Meeting at a university will exclude high-school kids or people who don’t like the university culture. No company, no matter how nice, will give away presents forever without asking for favours in return. That’s capitalism...