NEWS: We're running a presentation on 3D printing (with a LIVE Makerbot demo) on Sunday 12 August, 4:30pm in the Band Room at the Brisbane Hotel. Entry FREE if you're a contributor, $10 otherwise. Our first AGM will follow and then discussion on potential spaces. Make sure you come along!
Update: Check out our website and come chat with us in our forum: hobarthackerspace.com
G'day! My name's Patrick. I've been a keen hacker of all things computers and electronics pretty much as long as I can remember. You'll usually find me playing with my Makerbot, etching circuit boards or programming microcontrollers. It's what I love to do (so much so that it's a big part of my UTAS PhD right now).
The Hacker and Maker culture has really taken off recently. A lot of people are keen to hack together the next cool gadget or gizmo, or just hang out with other people who are doing it. Whether it be toying with 3D printers, Arduinos and Raspberry Pis, making LED artworks, soldering components...
There are already groups of people meeting informally in Hobart in garages and meeting rooms to do just this. The Glenorchy Hackerspace, Miss Despoinas Hackspace, The UTAS Hacker/Maker Collective. But what we don't have in Hobart is a permanent, dedicated space. A place where people can come at any time, to work on their projects, to share ideas and equipment, talk to and learn from each other.
The Hackerspace idea originated in Europe and has since spread all over the world (check out hackerspaces.org). To the US, Asia and to Australia. There are hackerspaces in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and, yes, even Canberra. But not here! Why should the "mainlanders" have all the fun?
Wouldn't you love a space where you can play with everyone's cool toys and show off your own? Hang out with other hackers and makers? Learn new skills? This is your chance to get on board and make it happen!
What We Need & What You Get
Myself and a number of other Hobart hackers are behind this campaign to secure a dedicated Hackerspace. Location to be the Hobart CBD. There would be a monthly membership charge (about $30-40 per month), for which you'd get a whole range of benefits. 24/7 secure card access to the space. A place to set up all your equipment and work. Access to all of our equipment (3D printer, laser cutter, electronics, soldering irons, etc. etc.). Regular social events and regular workshops where you can learn new skills and teach other people the things you know (and show them the cool stuff you've built).
So how do we get this moving? First we need to raise enough money to pay for a couple of months' lease on a space, Internet access, electricity, insurance and other basic operating costs. That's where we're going to need your help.
We have a number of awesome perks to offer you. Everyone who contributes will be immortalised on our website and in our space as one of our founding members. You'll also get a limited edition plastic Hobart Hackerspace keyring, sporting a likeness of our beuatiful Mount Wellington, printed just for you on my 3D printer! Your choice of colours.
Contribute $30 and you also get access to our first Hacking workshop. For $50 we'll throw in a free month of membership to the space. $100 gets you two months membership and you get a personalised keyring with your name or whatever else you want on it!
For the big spenders (and those with a big heart) $300 gets you all the above, plus six months membership and you get your name up in lights (literally) in the space as well as prominently on the website (with a link to your website or business) and an awesome t-shirt. $1,000 and you get a whole year of free access, corporate branding rights for the space and I'll even scan and print a 10cm 3D model of your head! (This perk is optional - you can keep it as a memento or we can mount it in the space to leer at everyone.)
We're looking to raise $3,000 in two months. If we don't reach our goal, your money is refunded. Simple as that.
The obvious benefit to you, as a Hobart hacker or maker, is having a dedicated space where you can do your stuff, hang out with others and learn new things. But this isn't just about a space - we're trying to build a community. I'm surprised (perhaps I shouldn't be) that there are so many like-minded people out there working on so many amazing things and yet we don't have a rallying point. Help make this a reality!
Even if you don't intend to use the space yourself (or you don't live in Hobart), you can have that warm fuzzy feeling that your contribution is helping our local community in a very real way. We want to give everyone the opportunity to be a creative person - to become a maker and not just a consumer. To learn new skills in a safe and fun environment. This is especially important for the young people of Hobart. We want to give them an opportunity to learn some real skills that they can use in the workplace. And to fill their minds with new possibilities. Only through your help can we make this happen.
Other Ways You Can Help
We encourage everyone to check out our website and forum at hobarthackerspace.com and to come along to our next meeting (see website for details).
And please, spread this link to all your friends who are into hacking and making. Get the word out there! Get people to come along to the meeting. Ask people to contribute to the campaign. Read about other hackerspaces on the Internet and help us to get a real buzz going about this thing. Make some noise!