You may be staring at this wondering “What is a hackerspace?” Will allowing a hackerspace in Tulsa open me up to war drivers and people getting freaky with bubble wrap? Are these the questions you’re asking yourself? Then I’ll try to explain it as succinctly as possible :
At it’s simplest, a hackerspace is a building that allows creatives and nerds to hang out and build things and share information. It really can be almost anything you need it to be; within reason of course.
Please no death beams.
Some of the cool things about hackerspaces
- They can be open 24/7
- You can leave WIP projects in a member storage area
- Access to some pretty cool tools
- You can also petition/fundraise for new tools!
- Donate/leave your own tools while you’re at it!
- Nerds are usually helpful and nice
- Creatives can usually tell you if your project is ugly
- Run your own classes, maybe even charge for them!
- Use it as a co-working space for your next million dollar startup!
- It’s not just for nerds-n-geeks! Do you enjoy hobbies such as: knitting, sewing, crafting, painting, building instruments, cooking, and lost techniques from a different era? You’ll probably be accepted with open arms. ( especially if you bring cooking skills and food )
Let’s stop there before I promise too much. Seeing as everything is yet to be decided.
To learn more about hackerspaces visit http://hackerspaces.org/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackerspace
Also here’s a good intro video given by Mitch Altman a founder of one of the first hackerspaces in america:
Did you watch the video? This is a safe place, we can be honest here. Go back and watch it again.
Starting a hackerspace in Tulsa
You may be thinking “why start one in tulsa?” I already have my : garage and tools, fab lab tulsa, automated manufacturing facility ( eg. iron man movies), laptop and 3D printer. Or you may just like working alone in your man garage… alone. If you do, that’s fine. You’ll always be welcome at a hackerspace if you wander in.
Over the course of the past year I’ve been gathering support for a local hackerspace. And have peeked enough people’s interest to have a large enough founder base to get this thing started. That doesn’t mean you can’t join in early.
Some may argue that since we already have a Fab Lab here in tulsa why have something similar? If you read the section above and are actually familiar with the concept of Fab Labs you’ll have noticed a few differences. A lot of these difference revolve around the mission/charter. Hackerspaces are usually community owned, where those members decide what to do with their resources. Whereas the Tulsa Fab Lab’s charter is centric around community development and STEM young adult education. Both of which are awesome.
Did you know many cities have multiple hackerspaces? Maybe it wouldn’t hurt if there were more than two similarish things in one town?
Starting our own in tulsa will give creatives like you and me a 24/7 space they know will attract many others with complementary and similar skill sets. Seriously, who doesn’t like nerding out over programming industrial sewing machines, involute gear meshing, plasma torch CNC hacking, DIY pick-and-place machines, 3D printers, welding techniques, motion transfer systems, autobots, decepticons, Unmanned jousting competitions, trek wars, automated m&m sorting and eating, and probably a few more things.
I hope you will join me.
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As of this posting (May 29th) the next (first!) planning meeting is on June 4th at my house. ( comment or message me on whatever social network you saw this on for the address)