About Metalab: Unterschied zwischen den Versionen

aus Metalab, dem offenen Zentrum für meta-disziplinäre Magier und technisch-kreative Enthusiasten.
Wechseln zu: Navigation, Suche
(Questions: some spelling errors, some formatting, some rephrasing (coherency))
(Questions: rephrased "things that came out of metalab")
Zeile 34: Zeile 34:
 
'''How often do you meet? What happens at these meetings?'''
 
'''How often do you meet? What happens at these meetings?'''
  
Our orga team (which is not clearly defined, so everyone can join and take up tasks) currently meets monthly to discuss matters relevant to the whole hackerspace, like current and future renovation projects and equipment purchases.
+
Our core/organization team (which is not clearly defined, so everyone can join and take up tasks) currently meets monthly to discuss matters relevant to the whole hackerspace, like current and future renovation projects and equipment purchases.
  
 
We have multiple special interest groups, which, of course, meet more regularly.
 
We have multiple special interest groups, which, of course, meet more regularly.
Zeile 40: Zeile 40:
 
'''Describe a disaster that occurred in your hackerspace. (flood, lightning, accident or some such thing)'''
 
'''Describe a disaster that occurred in your hackerspace. (flood, lightning, accident or some such thing)'''
  
While renovating the lounge and drilling holes in the floor, we damaged the underfloor heating, resulting in water coming out of the hole. Luckily, this heating system is low-pressure...
+
While renovating the lounge and drilling holes in the floor, we damaged the underfloor heating, resulting in water coming out of the hole. We were lucky, though: this heating system is low-pressure...
  
 
(any "better" [= more spectacular] accidents? anyone?)
 
(any "better" [= more spectacular] accidents? anyone?)
Zeile 46: Zeile 46:
 
'''What are some things that have come out of your hackerspace that you are most proud of?'''
 
'''What are some things that have come out of your hackerspace that you are most proud of?'''
  
There's of course the [[Led Matrix]], a 72x48 blue led matrix. We have a twitter-enabled [[Fridge]] and a constantly-evolving [[RepRap]].
+
There's the [[Led Matrix]], a 72x48 blue led matrix. We have a twitter-enabled [[Fridge]] and a constantly-evolving [[RepRap]].
This was also the place where, among others, [[Soup]], a "personal publishing" startup, and GRL Vienna were founded.
+
 
 +
Two of the smaller rooms have color-shifting ceiling lighting, and one of them can even be set to exact RGB values.
 +
 
 +
Metalab was also the place where [[Soup]] (a "personal publishing" startup), and Graffiti Research Lab Vienna were founded.
  
  

Version vom 17. Dezember 2008, 14:03 Uhr

Wha?

This is our entry for the Hackerspaces book, which will be released around 25C3. It will probably also serve as the default site for english visitors.

General Information

Hackerspace name: Metalab

Hackerspace tagline: offenes Zentrum für meta-disziplinäre Magier und technisch-kreative Enthusiasten Menschen - Technik - Magie FIXME uebersetzen??

Hackerspace website: http://metalab.at

Hackerspace contact email (this might be you): core on metalab.at

Questions

Tell the story of the beginning of the hackerspace. How did you come up with the idea? How did you choose the name of your hackerspace? What was your original vision?

We had seen inspirational examples of hackerspaces at CCC and c-base in germany, and missed a place like this in vienna: a public living room or laboratory where people could meet and work with friends without having to go to a cafe, pub or work.

What are some obstacles that you had to overcome at the beginning of your hackerspace when you were just getting started?

  • critical mass: most people only believe what they see. So they think everything that does not exist yet is impossible. In an important first meeting when we decided to rent the room we were about 30-40 people. without this mass it would have been risky financially.
  • basics, scouting: To organize the basics like the real world space you have to rent. The wiki was extremely helpfull allready in this phase beacause we did the scouting via wiki. if someone found an interesting location he would set up a wiki page with the specs and then we would organize meeting with the landlord.
  • renovation: We built up the infrastructure - like power outlets, the kitchen and the floor - while actively using the space, which led to an endless sokoban game. It was unavoidable, since we did not have the financial power to fix everything at once. Our advice is, if you can fix the basic infrastructure before you move in, do it.
  • organization: It took a long time till we had infrastructure for tasks like membership administrations and (automatic) bank collection. Usually, nobody wants to do this "boring" stuff, because people prefer to hack or slack. We learned, that these organizational aspects are very important.

Describe your hackerspace. What do visitors to the space notice that is special about the space? What kind of tools and resources do you have at the space?

People will note that its a very creative space. Self built machines, huge drawings on the walls, whiteboards where people express their thoughts. Many details that refer to the culture we all grew up with. FIXME muss noch mehr werden

How often do you meet? What happens at these meetings?

Our core/organization team (which is not clearly defined, so everyone can join and take up tasks) currently meets monthly to discuss matters relevant to the whole hackerspace, like current and future renovation projects and equipment purchases.

We have multiple special interest groups, which, of course, meet more regularly.

Describe a disaster that occurred in your hackerspace. (flood, lightning, accident or some such thing)

While renovating the lounge and drilling holes in the floor, we damaged the underfloor heating, resulting in water coming out of the hole. We were lucky, though: this heating system is low-pressure...

(any "better" [= more spectacular] accidents? anyone?)

What are some things that have come out of your hackerspace that you are most proud of?

There's the Led Matrix, a 72x48 blue led matrix. We have a twitter-enabled Fridge and a constantly-evolving RepRap.

Two of the smaller rooms have color-shifting ceiling lighting, and one of them can even be set to exact RGB values.

Metalab was also the place where Soup (a "personal publishing" startup), and Graffiti Research Lab Vienna were founded.


Was there anything that you did that was essential to the start of your hackerspace? Do you have any advice for people who might be thinking of starting a hackerspace?

Don't give up if people tell you that it's not possible. Most people only believe in what they can touch. The same people (if they are geeks) will love the place once they can touch it.

Don't establish too many rules. Decide thing when you need to - not just in case. Humans are most productive when they do the things they want to do in an environment that encourages these things. Shared geeky interests can be a wonderful thing. which reminds me of that xkcd ... A hackerspace can approximate this environment very well if everybody cleans up at least his/her own dishes. (hackerspace inequality #1)

BONUS POINTS

  1. Get members to tell a story or recount an adventure associated with the beginning of your hackerspac
  2. Draw a floor diagram.
  3. Include a manifesto.

checklist =

  • Info: The basics filled in above.
  • Text: About 500 words answering the questions above.
  • Photos: 5 or more photos of your hackerspace.
  • Logo: The logo of your hackerspace (svg)

Thanks! Please send all of this back to bre@hackerspaces.org and astera@hackerspaces.org and book@hackerspaces.org

This project is going to be awesome! We really cannot wait for your reply!

Bre Pettis NYCResistor