I was in Tuscon for a bit, and was able to stop by this amazing hackerspace called Xerocraft (like zerocraft but with an X). They’re this huge hackerspace (~1000 members) with a whole snazzy website. I talked to them a bit about how they managed their hackerspace, and I think my takeaways were:
- Signage was huge there. There were laser-cut signs for each area detailing a) what it was, b) who was the manager, and c) how to contact them. I know we had laser cut section labels, we could bring that back. In addition, they had a “ticket” system for labeling things like not working, in use / projects, junk, etc. This seemed like a useful system. Even the parts were in labeled clear bins (#goals).
- Donation sorting happened in its own distinct part of the space, which was more out-of-the-way. We could potentially set aside a part of the space for donation sorting / rarely used equipment.
Membership was on a scale from payment-to-volunteering. Unfortunately, they do have a sign-in, sign-out system for checking it, which is a bit much. We could use classes or tasks for example.
- They also interviewed with several local newspapers when starting out, and even took out local late-night TV ads when they first started. I think getting back in touch with hacker sites could help us a lot.
Just putting some ideas out here for discussion, I’d like to know what people think.