[Novalug] ShmooCon & Hackerspaces
Wei Wu Wei
wei.wu.wei.1 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 04:09:07 EST 2010
Well Brian, I appreciate your input, and I think we should fold
together these disparate groups and move forward. I am completely open
to to the development of the HacVA or HacNOVA or whatever it is in any
direction regarding organization, location, etc... I have no personal
agenda, but offer my time to help formalize something and maintain a
"TCP KEEPALIVE" on the group for periods where activity is low.
The only thing I was say in feedback to your contribution is that I
believe eventually it would be good for us to have a hackerspace (a
physical persistent space with tools to perform actions), because I'd
eventually like to share software tools, take equipment apart and
re-purpose it, or create a new version of the annihilatrix.
Nino has suggested the possibility of providing an non/semi-persistent
space in the basement of his home, which is an option, although it is
in the mixing-bowl area.
I am amenable to contact Micro-Center and attempting to use their space.
Let's continue the conversation. Is your Hacva list still active? if
so, perhaps we could continue the thread there.
On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 6:04 PM, Brian Knobbs <bknobbs at gmail.com> wrote:
> So I basically just browse this list and haven't really participated
> before, but I
> thought I would chime in on this topic.
> Last Shmoocon, a good group of us decided it would be a great idea to have
> "HacDC" for NOVA, mainly because non of us actually make it into DC for
> HacDC because we hate going into DC =D So we started up a mailing for
> the infinitely creative "HacVA" , which you can find here:
> Initially we tried to be somewhat active, and within a few weeks after the con
> we had our first meeting where we got together and shared stories from the
> con, and watched DVDs of talks that we hadn't gone to. About 10 poeple
> showed up, so it really wasn't bad for a first meet. But since non of us have
> the time to devote to actually running these kinds of things, it eventually
> fell apart.
> I would definitely love to get this going again, and was thinking of having
> the same meeting where we watch DVDs from previous cons. Initially, we
> weren't looking for a hacker space, as none of us wanted to rent an actual
> building/room and setup equipment, it was more to have a regular meeting
> to bring projects and have talks, etc.
> I really like the idea of using Microcenter as a meeting spot, that is
> basically directly in the middle of all of the people that had interest before.
> If you all would like to start up your own thing in conjunction with NOVALUG,
> thats cool, of if you would like to merge up with what we started to do, that
> would be awesome as well. (I would be up for changing the name etc, we
> never really got much going) The main thing is I need someone other than
> my self to help lead it, because I'm just too busy =D
> On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM, Rich Goodwin <Rich.Goodwin at cox.net> wrote:
>> An elementary school cafeteria should be ample in size. A public libary
>> might be a good starting point - and they have wireless access.
>> Meeting etiquette might be a high priority. Any place that is open to
>> providing facilities might get concerned (legally) on provider a "hacker
>> organization" facility access.
>> Mirocenter used to allow access to their meeting rooms during the week.
>> That has reasonable Metro access, relatively good parking and access to
>> "supplies" as needed. They offered us widescreen HDTV's for the MythTV
>> meetings we had.
>> On Tue, 2010-02-09 at 11:41 -0500, Nino Pereira wrote:
>>> Just a dumb question: how much space would be needed, and
>>> how many people would show up how often? Peak occupation?
>>> >> Here is a question. How many of the HacDC members are from Northern
>>> >> Virginia, would starting the northern VA space dilute membership to HacDC
>>> >> so much that it could kill one, or make both struggle (is the hackerspace
>>> >> market big enough for multiples? I guess this is your market research).
>>> >> We're kind of in a similar situation down here where traffic can make it
>>> >> obnoxious to travel between certain areas. We haven't actually had members
>>> >> sign up yet (757labs), so I'm out of pocket around $600/month right now.
>>> >> Trying to figure out rules, it's hard. Some people want their own piece of
>>> >> space, and we're not sure how to handle that.
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