[hackerspaces] Press

Rodney Arne Karlsen rodney at strangeminds.org
Fri Apr 3 11:58:55 CEST 2009

Yay. You have no idea how happy it makes me to know that there are others in 
the southern hemisphere that are getting started. When I started getting guys 
together to form Ductape, I thought that we were just the only group in 
Africa. A month or 2 back, I realised that we were the only group listed in 
the southern hemisphere.

As a result of the Wired article, I received an email from a guy in Cape Town 
wanting to know if there were any hackerspaces in his area. Since I don't 
know of any, I tried to encourage him to start one.

Later this year(September) Popular Mechanics Magazine is hosting an Inventors 
Conference in Johannesburg. I am hoping to go along with a bunch of other 
Ductape members. I will be contacting them shortly to propose a talk about 
Hackerspaces. Then I've got to start prepairing.

Anyway, have fun all.

Rodney Karlsen
Ductape - South Africa

On Thursday 02 April 2009 23:48:46 Paul Kuhnast (spoony) wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 4:01 AM, David Powell <davepow16 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I don't know about all the rest of the spaces but it seems that the
> > wired.com article gave us the boost we needed to get started. I had 3
> > potential new members contact me and they are coming to our meeting on
> > Sunday.
> Here's some other feedback for you.
> I'd been toying with the idea for a few years now as there's no
> Hackerspaces here at all (Australia).
> The day the Wired article came out.. an Australian hackerspace popped up in
> planning.. which motivated me to get my idea rolling too.. so I started one
> up in planning.
> By the end of the day there were 4 planned hackerspaces in Australia and
> one more in New Zealand.
> I also suggest that some hackerspaces.org spokesperson (Mitch?, or whoever
> is appropriate) get some some podcasts.
> I suggested to Christel from Freenode that they do a feature on
> #hackerspaces and hackerspaces in general. I think many podcasts would jump
> on the idea to interview someone about hackerspaces.
> The beauty of it is the more publicity hackerspaces.org gets, the more
> publicity everyone gets. And for the cities with just one or no
> hackerspaces.. that's nothing but good news :)
> Thanks guys,
> -pk

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