[hackerspaces] HackerSpace movement, history and development

druid at stonedcoder.org druid at stonedcoder.org
Sun Nov 15 02:51:03 CET 2009

Here is a usage in 2004. This was the same year that b9punk, phar, shardy, 
and myself flew over to 21c3 by the invite of Mangala and Tim Pritlove 
(and on their dime...) and presented on a number of topics including 
hacker spaces/groups.

So I found a total of 3 presos that year that reference hackerspaces 
either directly or indirectly. I think Shardy would be the next person to 
ask as to where the term hackerspace came from. Also mangala if he is 
still around.


July 2004
Building Hacker Spaces
Binary, Count Zero, Freqout, Gweeds, Javaman, Mangala, Shardy

December 2004
A Fat Girl's Intimate Perspective on Hacker Culture and Spaces

How to herd cats

On Sat, 14 Nov 2009, Paul Boehm wrote:

> Hey Jarkko,
> That data is really interesting to me! Thank you! Please take into
> account that the numbers on hackerspaces.org are not very accurate or
> homogenous. I know that for example the founding date is used
> differently between spaces - for some spaces it's the day of moving
> in, for other's it's the day they first spoke about the project, for
> others it's the date they incorporated the club.
> Also i'm really curious about when the term 'hackerspace' itself came
> up first. Google isn't really helpful in clarifying the history of the
> term, but i have my suspicions. I know that "hackerspaces" have been
> around much longer than the term has been in use, and I suspect I
> might either have made the word up or at least reinvented the term.
> When we started discussing Metalab in 2004, which to my knowledge was
> the first of the new wave of intentionally created Hackerspaces, i
> certainly don't remember anyone calling these spaces Hackerspaces. CCC
> had a lot of them, but they were local CCC Club locations, not
> Hackerspaces back then. Starting Metalab with a financing and
> organization model independent from CCC, buying the
> hack[er]spaces.{com,org,net} domains, and then promoting the concept
> like crazy at ccc camps et al, i think had a huge part in starting the
> current hackerspace explosion.
> I'm unsure about the term hacklab, which seems to be slightly older
> and have been in use mainly in spanish and italian speaking countries.
> There seems to have been little cultural exchange between that root of
> hackerspaces, and the German CCC-style hackerspaces. I'm not sure how
> much exchange is happening now, but i suspect we're all getting more
> connected slowly - which is great!
> If someone can shed more light onto this early history, i'd be glad -
> maybe the wayback machine can shed more light.
> Enki
> On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 11:04 AM, Jarkko Moilanen
> <Jarkko.Moilanen at uta.fi> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> ****** WARNING: Academic and theoretical content ***********
>> I was trying to find out any answers/ definitions to the question that kept
>> on popping in to my mind. The question was: "What is a hackerspace?"
>> Well..after a while I found some 'definitions' and 'features' that can/could
>> be assosiated to HS.
>> But that's not the point of this post. While doing my humble research (for
>> my blog post) I noticed two interesting issues. I did some simple
>> statistical analysis about the history of still active hackerspaces and
>> found out that before 2001, the amount of founded hackerspaces was 1 or 2.
>> But in the year 2001 it was 9 new hackerspaces. After that until 2007 it was
>> again just a few new hackerspaces in a year. Question is what was so
>> different about the year 2001? The second topic of wonder came to my mind
>> while looking at the map of hackerspaces in Europe. There does not seem to
>> be many hackerspaces in the Eastern-Europe or Russia. Why? Yes, I'm a social
>> scientist (Political Science PhD student and hacker) and that's why I am so
>> interest about these questions. And yes, I'm also a member of one
>> hackerspace (the5thwave in Tampere, Finland). Perhaps the reason for my
>> little study is to get some sort of 'deeper' understanding of what I'm
>> participating in. While browsing the archives I found a debate about
>> 'theory' related to hackerspaces. I was not sure about posting this message
>> here. I hope that this post is not offending anyone or considered too
>> 'theoretical' to be posted here.
>> Any ideas or suggestions to the above questions would be appreciated. The
>> (still not finished) blog post which I'm referring to can be found here:
>> http://extreme.ajatukseni.net/2009/11/14/viewpoints-to-the-development-of-hackerspaces/
>> Cheers,
>> Jarkko
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