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Ignite Vegas 2012 presentation on Hackerspaces, copresented with Susan Hinton (surprise!)

Ignite Vegas 2012 presentation on Hackerspaces, copresented with Susan Hinton (surprise!)

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  • HACKERS IN SPACE!\n\n A hackerspace is a space for hackers.\n\n So let's start with the word 'hacker' and clarify that we're not talking about computer criminals.\n\n\n
  • The word 'hack' coined back in the 50's at the MIT Tech Model Railroad Club to refer to a quick, inelegant & unobtrusive solution to a problem. Hackers are just the people who take this philosophy to heart.\n
  • A lot of hackerspaces are like community workshops with things like: laser cutters, 3D printers, vaccuforms tables, lathes, kilns - no biggie.\n\nMore importantly, there is a community of people who know how to use things things are are excited to teach others and work on stuff.\n\n
  • Most hackerspaces are member-supported and member-run co-ops. They are run by boards and charge membership fees to stay afloat.\n
  • Today there are over 170 active hackerspaces in the USA and that number has been growing steadily since 2006. Which brings us to.. history.\n
  • In 1981, Chaos Computer Club, a hacker collective was formed in Berlin. One of their famous hacks was called Blinkenlights, a project that turned a dorm into a low resolution display for pictures or playing pong.\n
  • In 1995, c-base was built out of the ruins of a crashed space ship discovered under Berlin.\n
  • In 1999, CCC spawned an offshoot international hacker gathering called Chaos Communication Camp. It happens every 4 years near Berlin.\n
  • In 2006, Metalab was founded in Vienna. It was one of the first deliberately formed hackerspaces, and studies were done on how to run a hackerspace. These studies eventually became a set of design patterns for future spaces.\n
  • In the same year, Tech Shop opened in San Francisco, inspired by early European hackerspaces. It is a for profit chain of community workshops and not considered a true hackerspace.\n
  • In 2007, 40 American hackers set out to Chaos Communication Camp 2007 and to tour several European hackerspaces to learn how they work.\n
  • Among many other talks, the design patterns from Metalab were presented there, providing a blueprint on how to build hackerspaces in the USA.\n
  • Many of the attendees went on to form hackerspaces in the USA including Mitch Altman inventor of TV-B-Gone and founder of Noisebridge (2007).\n
  • And Bre Patis, found of NYC Resistor (2008) - home of the Makerbot, a cheap 3D printer kit.\n
  • So there’s a hackerspace in Las Vegas? Yay! We are called ‘Syn Shop’ and we’re n members strong. As a community, we meet monthly and catch up on what we’ve been working on. \n
  • We have 3D printers, metalworkers, woodworking folk, electronically skilled people, artists, bike hackers, the list goes on. There’s always something to learn from one another, and we always time to show off our latest projects and ideas. However...\n
  • We’ve kinda run out of room to do cool stuff, and we have a dream. We want to have a larger space where everyone can come and hack, or make, or sew, or weld, or solder! And importantly, we want to make a space for people to come and learn. We’ve been looking at venues downtown...\n
  • We think we’ve found somewhere, and we aim to be open soon for all to come and hack and learn with us. But we need your help! We need donations, your time, and your opinion on how to make this the best hackerspace for YOU.\n
  • So if you’d like to get involved, please get in touch with us via our website, sign up to our mailing list from there and contact myself or Brian Munroe if you want deeper involvement in our project.\n
  • The End\n

Hackers inspace Hackers inspace Presentation Transcript

  • “The essence of a hack is that it is done quickly, and is 80%usually inelegant. It accomplishes the desired goal withoutchanging the design of the system it is embedded in.”- http://tmrc.mit.edu
  • hackerspaces by year
  • 1981 :// Chaos Computer Club
  • 1995 :// c-base
  • 1999 :// Chaos Communication Camp
  • 2006 :// Metalab
  • 2006 :// TechShop
  • 2007 :// Hackers on a Plane
  • 2007 :// HoaP / CCCamp 2007
  • 2007 :// Noisebridge
  • 2008 :// NYC Resistor
  • HACKERSPACEIN LAS VEGAS?
  • (WE’RE E X P A N D I N G !)
  • WE NEED YOU!
  • SYNSHOP.ORG @synshop @munroebot @suziam
  • See you, space cowboy.