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Gold Coast Tech Space (* name work in progress) Steve Dalton [email_address] @spidie
First..... some existing groups
1. Hackerspaces <ul><ul><li>community-operated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>physical place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multip...
2. Men's Shed <ul><ul><li>Primarily formed to improve men's health through  communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engag...
3. Green Drinks <ul><ul><li>Local, Open, Simple, Freeform Self-Organising  Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about </l...
4. Tech GC <ul><ul><li>Diversify Local Economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generate new GC Jobs in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Ok.... onto the idea
A combination (bear with me....) <ul><li>1. Hackerspaces (SPACE/CONCEPT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common Space </li></ul></ul...
Target Audience <ul><ul><li>Geeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retirees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Benefits <ul><ul><li>Foster local innovation by collaborative &quot;tinkering&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring toget...
How do we pay for this?
Donors <ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>eg. DEEDI - they have budget to foster local innovation </li>...
Grants <ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local (TechGC/GCBusiness?) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><l...
Membership <ul><ul><li>Fosters ownership - less likely to misuse/abuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be quite small (Bris...
Other related groups <ul><ul><li>Gold Coast Linux User Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freecycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Next Steps <ul><ul><li>Investigate viability of a SPACE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>don't want another project bogged d...
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Little idea I have that has been presented around at a few places. It's a cross between men's shed & hackerspace with a green tinge.

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  1. 1. Gold Coast Tech Space (* name work in progress) Steve Dalton [email_address] @spidie
  2. 2. First..... some existing groups
  3. 3. 1. Hackerspaces <ul><ul><li>community-operated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>physical place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multiple disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>electronics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>software </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>computer hardware </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>wood/metal work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>robotics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>mechanical </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shared equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>knowledge sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>open source friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shared project for all to participate in - eg. Brisbane - Reprap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NOTHING to do with Computer HACKING.... (ie. security hacking) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some groups looking at different names due to negative meaning of word &quot;hack&quot; to general public </li></ul></ul></ul>Further Info: http://hackerspaces.org/wiki http://groups.google.com/group/hackerspace_brisbane http://reprap.org http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=K1gxGvS64Ts
  4. 4. 2. Men's Shed <ul><ul><li>Primarily formed to improve men's health through communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage men of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>all ages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>differently-abled </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>youth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>veterans  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>share </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>disseminate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>preserve the skills, abilities and interests that are relevant to the community. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills are often manual - woodwork seems to be very popular  </li></ul></ul>Further Info: http://www.mensshed.org
  5. 5. 3. Green Drinks <ul><ul><li>Local, Open, Simple, Freeform Self-Organising Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Green Issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Green technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Green Business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In a casual informal atmosphere - the pub! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally just talk - but networking often leads to action/collaboration between drinkers in between meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fun - great place to make friends  </li></ul></ul>Further Info: http://www.greendrinks.org/Queensland/Gold%20Coast http://meetup.com/greendrinksgc
  6. 6. 4. Tech GC <ul><ul><li>Diversify Local Economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generate new GC Jobs in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>S cience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>T echnology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E ngineering </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>M aths  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Holiday science programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Robotics workshops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Science Fair  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linkup Government, Education & Industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Trade Missions </li></ul></ul>Further Info: http://www.businessgc.com.au/index.php?page=techgc
  7. 7. Ok.... onto the idea
  8. 8. A combination (bear with me....) <ul><li>1. Hackerspaces (SPACE/CONCEPT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi discipline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group project - learning through practical experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Men's Shed (COMMUNITY) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build links in community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link up ages/cultures/demographics with common tech interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pass on experience to younger generation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NOT  men only though!! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Green Drinks (SUSTAINABILITY) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reuse/Recycling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting designs (eg. Solar oven) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Put (often way out) ideas into action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broad range </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to sustain group in itself </li></ul></ul><ul><li>4. GC Tech (INNOVATION & JOBS) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster LOCAL innovation and high tech business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link up with business community and schools/unis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help build more sustainable industries for the Gold Coast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future proofing local ecomony </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Target Audience <ul><ul><li>Geeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retirees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Really - anyone who is interested  </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Benefits <ul><ul><li>Foster local innovation by collaborative &quot;tinkering&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring together different ages/cultures/social backgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide way for people to engage in community who may otherwise not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide high quality tools to enable members to work on things that may not normally be feasible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative learning in a friendly non-exclusive way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wider networking beyond usual peer group </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. How do we pay for this?
  12. 12. Donors <ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>eg. DEEDI - they have budget to foster local innovation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Could be cash, or a donation-in-kind, eg. building, equipment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsor Company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>fits in with their business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>spare office space </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Likeminded organisations. eg. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rotary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PCYC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Grants <ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local (TechGC/GCBusiness?) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>QLD </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation - (DEEDI first port of call) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gambling Community Benefit Fund </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community - Dept of Communities? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Federal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private Philanthrophy funds. Eg. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Westpac Foundation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>McDonalds etc </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Membership <ul><ul><li>Fosters ownership - less likely to misuse/abuse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be quite small (Brisbane Hackerspace - $60/month - quite high) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be put into a pool to buy equipment/assets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership may not be enough to fund entire space - but could fund equipment and social BBQs etc. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Other related groups <ul><ul><li>Gold Coast Linux User Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freecycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dumpster Divers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electric Bikes/Alternative transport </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some Gold Coast software groups (eg. GCJUG, GC .net) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currumbin Eco Village </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Gardens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organic Gardeners Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retirement Village Clubs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gecko </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GCIT (Tafe) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Next Steps <ul><ul><li>Investigate viability of a SPACE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>don't want another project bogged down by bureaucracy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space needs to be fully funded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>has to be economically sustainable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the simplest legal structure this could operate under? Complicated will probably = death! </li></ul></ul>
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