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Jeff Lindsay and David Weekly present on the history of the Hacker Dojo: its evolution from SuperHappyDevHouse into a 100+ member non-profit community center with 8000+ square feet of space in ...

Jeff Lindsay and David Weekly present on the history of the Hacker Dojo: its evolution from SuperHappyDevHouse into a 100+ member non-profit community center with 8000+ square feet of space in Mountain View, CA. The context of the hackerspaces movement is given as well as a look into future plans for the Dojo.

This talk was delivered at the December 10th meeting of PenLUG, in Redwood City, CA.

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  • Origins, Context, & Future
    Jeff Lindsay + David Weekly
    PenLUG, December 10, 2009
  • Origins (2005)
    LGLan + SuperHappyFunHouse + Movie Night => ….???
  • SHDH #1
    7pm – 7am: “Dusk Till Dawn”.
    A dozen geeks in my living room, drinking beer and Red Bull.
    PBwiki 1.0!
    “Take off your shoes…!”
  • SHDH @ SHFH (2005-2006)
    “That was fun, let’s make this a regular thing!”
  • Execution Formula
    • Try new things.
    • Always post-mortem.
    • Anyone can be staff.
    Results:
    • Lightning Talks
    • DHX (whoops)
    • Donations, dinner, sponsorship
    • Tables + chairs
    • The DevHouse Trailer
  • Try Something Radical
    (it’s okay to fail)
  • Accidental Franchising (2006-2008)
    CocoaDevHouse (London)
    SuperHappyDevClub (Cambridge, UK)
    Cologne DevHouse (Germany)
    SuperHappyDevFlat (Zurich)
    SuperHappyGrow-OpDevHouse (Vancouver)
    SHDH Aotearoa (New Zealand)
    PhoenixDevHouse
    DevHouse Boston
    DevHouse Pittsburgh
    Milwaukee DevHouse
  • Deliberate Franchising (2008-2009)
    BarCamp was well franchised: steal that idea!
    Mexico Trips (2008)
    DevHouse Hermosillo
    Mexico City DevHouse
    Hackspedition! (2009)
    => Obregon, Morelos, Guadalejara, Queretaro, Tijuana, Monterrey, Guanajuato….
  • The Tipping Point
    >350 Coders ALL DAY.
  • “Let’s Make This Permanent.”
  • Dojo Timeline
    Winter 2000: Hacker Dojo v0.1 – 950 Pershing, San Jose, CA.
    Spring 2001: Wooden “Hacker Dojo” sign etched.
    January 31, 2009: SHDH #30 Pitch
    Feburary 1: wiki set up
    February 23: mailing list, property search
    March 10: first group meeting
    March 30: space review, including 140A
    April 6: legal review
    April 21: property review
    May 5: Bylaws+ Directors=> Incorporated!
    July 28: LEASE SIGNED!
    August 12: FIRST MEETING IN DOJO
    August 23: Open House
    September 17: Expansion into 140B
    October 16: Mercury News Cover Story!
    December: Fox News Coverage
  • Bumps
    Lease signing took forever.
    Difficult to decide on legal structure.
    Chicken & Egg w/space & membership!
    City Zoning Issues
  • Present Day
    110+ members, 50+ staff, 100% volunteer
    Cash-flow positive, 501c6 corporation.
    Fortnightly staff meetings.
    >8000 square feet of space!
    Several events a week
    Fresh bread and coffee
    Open “almost” 24/7
    Amazing changes every day (sign-in system!)
  • Context: Gather Smart People
    Greek Agora
    Roman Fora
    “College” (Community, guild, society)
    Medieval Councils
    French Salons
    Enlightenment Societies
    Freemasons?
    Homebrew CC
    Chaos Computer Club
    Hackerspaces
  • Short-Term Future
    Explicit Franchising
    “How To Start a Dojo” Kit
    Processes, software, forms, templates, tips!
    Community Mark™
    LOTS of Locations
    SF, Mid-Peninsula, East Bay, North Bay
    Mexico City, Los Angeles, Portland
    Better integration w/Hackerspacescommunity
  • Longer-Term Future
    A global network of peer educators.
    A society of thinkers.
    A mesh of “colleges”.
    Learning != school.
  • Progressively Meta
    How do we throw a DevHouse?
    How do we enable communities like DevHouse to be created and thrive? (Dojo)
    How do we enable the creation of environments that can create communities like DevHouses? (Dojo Franchise)
  • How to Help
    Join the mailing list!
    Drop By! (140a S Whisman, Mountain View)
    Become a member ($100/mo)
    Sign up for staff!
    Teach a class!
    Host an event!
    Give feedback!
    Spread the word!
  • @dweekly
    @progrium