International Synchronous Hackathon!

Strages | Posted 2009.11.17 at 6:25 pm | Perma

What started as a few US hackerspaces having a hackathon the same weekend, has turned into an international synchronous hackathon!  Most if not all spaces will be streaming live video this weekend, Nov. 20th-22nd, at various points throughout.  So even if you’re not participating it’ll be a prime time to check out some other hackerspaces and possibly interact with them via live chat in #hackerspaces on irc.freednode.net .  The following spaces are participating as of the posting of this :

Alpha One Labs
Makers Local 256
Pumping Station: One
FAMiLab
FreesideAtlanta
syn2cat
Hackerspace_Barcelona
Hive13
Initlab
KwartzLab
TOG
Tetalab
Ann_Arbor_Hackerspace

Please see the wiki page for more details/updates, including links to the live streams.


Pecha Kucha – Gumbo Labs Style

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.11.11 at 6:39 pm | Perma

What is Pecha Kucha?

What is a Ignite Talk?

To put it simply they are all speed talking sessions, think lightening talks. That’s it, new branding, same old excellent thing for inputing a broad range of information in a short amount of time to people who don’t know anything about a particular field.

So the interesting thing people always ask, is, what is a hacker or hackerspace. Well…. Simon Dorfman from Gumbo Labs explains it really well inside of 5 minutes.

Simon Dorfman’s Pecha Kucha Presentation about Gumbo Labs from Gumbo Labs on Vimeo.


Membership idea: The Starving Hacker rate?

Nick Farr | Posted 2009.10.22 at 4:25 am | Perma

From @PumpingStation1:

The Starving Hacker Rate has passed! If you support the hacker community now is a good time! http://bit.ly/4d4t97

Regular membership in Chicago’s Pumping Station: One is $50.  However, they just passed the “Starving Hacker” rate, which allows for all the same privileges of membership, except voting rights.

What do you guys think?  Have you contemplated something similar in your hackerspace?

Done Filming!

Jordan | Posted 2009.10.15 at 7:04 pm | Perma

I’ll admit, this post is coming a bit late, but we’re still recovering from our month-long sleepless, caffeinated, sprint across North America. On the plus side, we’re done filming! We visited as many hackerspaces and makerspaces as we could in a month, but that was the easy part….

Now begins the post-production work.

We’ll be working for a quite a while on getting everything just right, so unfortunately I can’t give an exact date of release. I can, however, tell you that we’re going to try to have it done by next spring. Believe me, we’re just as excited to see the finished film as you are!

I want to say thank you to the dozens of people who helped us out along the way. Without the car trips, beds, and donations of both hackerspace members and kind strangers, there is absolutely no way we could have done this. We may have had the cameras, but it was all of you who made this possible. Thank you!!

For updates on the film, check out www.twohandsproject.com! I’ll do my best to keep all of you in the loop here on hackerspaces.org as well.

Hackerspaces Visit CERN: Deadline Monday!

Nick Farr | Posted 2009.10.14 at 4:54 pm | Perma
CMS experiment (100 meters underground) @ CERN

CMS experiment (100 meters underground) @ CERN, Courtesy of Zipckr

This just in from the Hackerspaces Discuss list:

The /tmp/lab is organizing a group visit of CERN, the world’s largest particle
physics laboratory close to Geneva.

We have to give a 4-6 month advance notice, which probably brings the visit to
February/March 2010. Because I must give an estimate of the attendees, I would
be grateful if you subscribe before Monday Oct 19th.

Link: http://www.tmplab.org/wiki/index.php/Hackers_at_CERN

While you’re there, maybe you should go try to find this little piece of history:

This machine is a se[rver!] DO NOT POWE[R IT] DOWN!! (Courtesy of Cory Doctorow)

This machine is a se(rver!) DO NOT POWE(R IT) DOWN!! (Courtesy of Cory Doctorow)

* * *

UPDATE!

Unfortunately, the list for /tmp/lab’s CERN excursion is FULL!
However, as there seems to be such a huge interest in making the trip still, probably somebody wants to step forward & start a list for a second group? [hint, hint]


site upgrade

hellekin | Posted 2009.09.30 at 1:54 am | Perma

Thanks to our night shift teamwork with Georgyo, we’re now running the latest Mediawiki, a brand new kernel and cleaned up the Apache2 configuration to avoid name clashes between sites. Yeah, it’s all behind the scenes and you may have missed it, but it’s done. :) Thanks to Astera for backup! Support Abbenay!

A passing of a friend and fellow hacker

astera | Posted 2009.09.13 at 12:44 pm | Perma

Dear hackers,

Just this weekend, our fellow hacker Leah Kubik, who some of you might’ve had the luck to call a friend, or the chance to meet at HAR in the Netherlands as part of the Hackers on a Plane 2.0 crew, tragically passed away.

The Sun writes on Friday:

A playful, late-night search for ghosts inside a University of Toronto landmark ended in tragedy yesterday when a 29-year-old woman plunged to her death. Leah Kubik, who was just two weeks shy of her 30th birthday, was found without vital signs inside a courtyard at 1 Spadina Cres. just before 2 a.m.

Kubik and a man were on a first date and were believed to be exploring an old building rumoured to be haunted, Toronto Police Const. Wendy Drummond told the Sun.

Leah was a fantastic cocktail maker, a huge Linux and open source advocate, and an excellent systems security administrator – her sudden death leaves a hole in the lives of her beloved ones, friends and collegues, as well as the hacker community.

Sincerest condolences from the hackerspaces team.

The Take Away @ NYCR

astera | Posted 2009.04.10 at 7:25 pm | Perma

Step inside a hacker space, where technology enthusiasts are making the next big inventions
by having fun
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a great video documentation about NYCResistor, by The Take Away.

The whole story can be found here.


Tóg on irishtimes.com

astera | Posted 2009.04.10 at 10:04 am | Perma

Our fellow hackerspace friends in Ireland, Tóg (or on the wiki), made it into the technology section of the Irish Times today!
A short excerpt from the article by L. Antonelli and J. Walsh:

Dublin will soon be home to a permanent space for computer hackers to congregate and get creative. Named Tóg (Irish for build), it will be Ireland’s contribution to the growing international movement of “hackerspaces”.

Sitting in the elegant, if incongruous, surroundings of Dublin’s Westin Hotel and explaining their plans, Tóg’s Jeff Rowe and Robert Fitzsimons emphasise that hacking is about curiosity: the desire to understand how technology works and the creative urge to build and modify gadgets. The only legal issue at stake here is the rather prosaic one of voiding warranties.

Fitzsimons is perfectly comfortable with the word hacker: “I’ll use ‘hacker’ and somebody else will use it, and there’ll be a completely different interpretation,” he says. “My hacking is out in the open. I have the 2600.ie domain – if anybody wants to find out who the hackers in Ireland are, my name is plastered on the site.”

Hacking, Fitzsimons says, is a form of self-education in a fast-moving world: “It’s about learning things about the electronic environment we live in.”

Congratulations, & hack on
/astera

Reciprocity

Eric Michaud | Posted 2009.03.22 at 4:16 am | Perma

This was a recent publication from the CCCKC Blog

CCCKC <3’s PS:One

Mr. E, President of the Chicago Hacker Space, Pumping Station One and jur1st, President of the Cowtown Computer Congress announced on March 7th the formation of an agreement which tightens the bond between regional spaces. We believe that this won’t be the last such agreement as similar organizations continue to come together around the United States.

This reciprocity agreement allows members of both organizations to utilize the facilities of each other’s organizations when in town. At this early stage for both organizations, members who would like access must provide proof that they are members in good standing at the sister organization and will be given full privileges to use networking services, take classes and use the workshop while on the road for business or pleasure.

Expect more announcements of strategic alliances between spaces very soon.