[Blabber] Manhattan hackerspace is happening!

adam driggers awdriggs at gmail.com
Thu Aug 25 14:55:17 EDT 2011

I'm very excited at the prospect of a manhattan hacker space.

I second Sam's opinion on the Open Lab Night.

In the past I have worked mostly with software. But I am interested in
learning more hardware skills.

I work in education and feel that an organization such as the one that is
being discuss should engage learners of all ages and skill level.

Hope to meet everyone soon

Adam Driggers

On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 10:10 AM, Sam Brown <rotabush at gmail.com> wrote:

> Daniel et al,
> Thanks for getting the ball rolling.  My name is Sam Brown.  I was very
> happy to see people talk about a Manhattan based hacker space. I've been
> down to NYCResistors a couple of times but have balked at the time it takes
> to travel down there.
> I wanted to put some ideas I've had about events that could happen on
> (electronic) paper:
>    - *Open Lab* - A night when anyone can come in and work on their
>    project.  NYCResistors does this and I've found it greatly helps promote
>    public involvement in their group
>    - *Lock picking* - I attended this event at NYCResistors and had a
>    blast
>    - *Home Automation* - A class to go over the basics in home automation,
>    e.g. electrical usage monitoring, light control, leak-proofing chargers and
>    PSU's, surveillance, etc...I've never done this but would love to get
>    started and take the class.
> Thoughts everyone?
> Thanks again for setting up the mailing list.
> --
> Sam Brown
> On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 2:33 AM, Daniel Packer <dp at danielpacker.org>wrote:
>> Hello! Please say hello back!
>> BREAKING: We have a potential starter space! It's tiny, but
>> convenient, and over a bar. Excellent! (This is still up in the air,
>> so I apologize if this ends up falling through. Obviously once a
>> voting body is established, we can make a decision on the space as a
>> group. I'm just putting in some elbow grease to get things started.)
>> We'll want to set up all the paperwork eventually, but first let's get
>> some dedicated, talented, committed founders to kick things off. Let's
>> get together soon and check out the space, have a drink at the bar
>> downstairs, and brainstorm.
>> I've already heard from about 25 interested parties and I haven't even
>> advertised. We seem to have an decent supply of excited hackers.
>> That's a good sign, as members support the hackerspace with monthly
>> dues!
>> This hackerspace will be democratic and friendly to the public,
>> loosely based (ideally) on the models I've seen work so well at HacDC
>> in DC and Noisebridge in SF. Both hackerspaces manage to do awesome
>> projects in a wide variety of areas and maintain a really positive
>> atmosphere without being overly exclusive. Think "do-ocracy". The goal
>> is to set up a 501c3 non-profit, and then let minds roam free. That's
>> my deal, but a hackerspace is defined by all it's members, so please
>> join in and contribute.
>> For inspiration:
>>  http://www.noisebridge.net/
>>  http://www.hacdc.org/
>> I'm going to send out a doodle poll soonish to find out the best time
>> to hold our first meetups in October. So far, a generous person who
>> will go unnamed has offered a tiny but convenient space as a starter
>> location so that we can have an HQ. I haven't suggested a name yet for
>> the hackerspace, but since the space we've got available is over a
>> bar, that could play into the name. ;)
>> If you've got an idea for an event, a class/workshop, a group to
>> sponsor, a type of project/focus area to work on, or want to share an
>> opinion, go ahead and post to the list. Introduce yourself, say hello.
>> My first hackerspace experience was in the mid-90's when 2600 magazine
>> had a hacker loft in murray hill. Unfortunately NYC hackerspaces
>> didn't take off again after the 90's (to my knowledge...) until NYC
>> Resistor and Alpha One Labs in Brooklyn and I had just left NYC so I
>> was sad. I got to hang out at Noisebridge in SF and then at HacDC, and
>> ultimately was elected president of the board of HacDC and lead an
>> expansion to double our office space. Now that I'm back in NYC I see a
>> need for a space in the center of NYC like the ones I've seen thrive
>> elsewhere. I wanted to capture the do-ocractic spirit, if you will,
>> and bring it back to my hometown.
>> -Daniel
>> PS. Please put me in touch with folks who you think want to know about
>> the manhattan hackerspace project, thanks!
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