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Hacker Dojo: Origins, Context, and Future


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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 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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Hacker Dojo: Origins, Context, and Future

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