The U23 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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Your older members graduate from college or get married. Your space needs fresh blood.


Recruit young people through a challenge you set up for them, in form of a course that spans several weeks. Overwhelm them with problems from hardware and software hacking and let them solve it in teams. Prepare for the challenge and tutor them, but give them room to experiment. Retire after the team-building and let the smartest of the young ones run the space. Have married with children couples join Hacker Scouts.


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