About the metalab - Drafts
We are members of the Metalab, a hackerspace in Vienna - and as such a sister project of Forskningsavdelningen. Our organisation is privately financed as well as publicly subsidised and has been host to widely recognised talks, conferences, workshops, and social events. Moreover, the Metalab has given birth to various commercial, civic, philanthropic, and social ventures. These sorts of advances can only grow in certain environments, and hackerspaces - like the Metalab - strive to provide such an environment. An environment that may seem odd or ominous to outsiders. An environment that usually harbours technology that's not a common sight in just any home or office. But after all, this is the whole point of a hackerspace.
Hackerspaces enrich their region's cultural and technological scene. They are places of information, discussion, experimentation and openness. They are the real world manifestations of a new paradigm, originated in the free, border-less and undiscriminating nature of the internet and its communications structures. Hackerspaces are places where freedom of opinion meets creativity and spawns inspiration. They're the birth-place of start-up firms that employ cutting edge technology, of altruistic community projects and of art in new media.