[hackerspaces] museums and hackerspaces

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Sat Apr 25 01:43:37 CEST 2009

I used to work in a company that made museum exhibits.  Now I'm a founding member of Noisebridge in San Francisco.  Noisebridge is a non-profit, with a mission of education.  Teaching kids (of all ages) is important to me and a majority of people at our space.  It seems like there's a lot that could be gained by groups collaborating with one another.  Working with schools is obvious, and collaborating with other geeky groups is obvious.  Collaborating with other hacker spaces is obviously obvious.  But I'm not sure why museums hasn't been obvious to me.  Yet it should be.  Though there are many differences, there's a lot of overlap with what we want at Noisebridge and what cool museums like The Exploratorium want.


Maybe some projects at hacker spaces would be well suited for exhibits at museums.  Maybe museums could provide space for classes or workshops.  If an exhibit at a museum is being developed, maybe hacker spaces can provide people and other resources.  These are a few things I can think of off the top of my head (while sitting on a bus stuck in traffic between NYC and Boston).





From: nina at museumtwo.com
To: discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 13:06:01 -0700
Subject: [hackerspaces] museums and hackerspaces

Hi folks,

I'm an interactive museum exhibit designer who has been pretty freaking excited to learn about hackerspaces.  I got into the science museum business originally as a pinball machine hacker and loved sharing electronics insanity with people who never imagined they could make a lie detector/robot/explosion/etc.  

I wrote a blog post about hackerspaces and their potential connection to museum spaces here: http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2009/04/hackerspaces-diy-science-centers-for.html

I've had a few museum exhibit directors write to me with interest in how they might connect to local groups/become a resource or space for hackerly-minded-adults.  I'm curious whether you think that hackerspaces could reasonably exist with/inside/alongside museums and whether you see potential value there or just a mess of rules and screaming kids you don't want to deal with.

Either way, I'm inspired and energized.  Thanks.


Nina Simon
Museum 2.0 - www.museumtwo.com

nina at museumtwo.com
1040 Mystery Spot Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
skype, twitter, yahooIM, flickr, facebook: ninaksimon

On Apr 24, 2009, at 7:14 AM, Steve Clement wrote:

Hi all, 

Preumably this:


Got missed ;)

cheers for the very cool cutting and editing!

Let's build a Hackerspace in Luxembourg!
mailto:steve at hackerspace.lu
.lu: +352 20 333 55 65

On Apr 23, 2009, at 11:06 AM, Caspar Clemens Mierau wrote:

Hey folks,

our incredible jimcognito just released the footage of the great "power
to the c-base" auction, hosted by hackerspaces.org:


Feel free to add your comments there.

Thank you for this awesome evening!

Best from Berlin,


Caspar Clemens Mierau
Dipl.-Kult. (Medien)
official "Ubuntu member"
ubuntu Deutschland e.V.
Ubuntu Berlin
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