[hackerspaces] Fwd: [austin-hacker-space] Speaking at Defcon

Matthew McCabe matt at mrmccabe.com
Sun May 9 22:14:48 CEST 2010

In the interest of beating this dead horse a bit less, I will keep this short ;)

Matt - hackerspaces are a new thing to 99% of the population...lets
educate them!

I think it is important to have a hackerspace talk ever year at Defcon
to educate newbies on what a hackerspace is, how to start one,
problems, solutions, etc.  I would have loved to hear something like
this when I was thinking about starting a space rather than walking
into it more-or-less blindly.

Again, I propose a 15-20 minute talk about how one hackerspace, AHS,
started as an example of the good, bad, and ugly of starting a space.
Then open up the floor to questions from people on problems they are
experiencing starting a space, where to get more info, general
hackerspace issues that have come up in the last year, etc.  That is
where you all come in - I would like to get a few more experienced
founders/members on the panel so that we can give good answers to some
of the more difficult or controversial questions/problems.


On Sun, May 9, 2010 at 11:44 AM, Matt Joyce <matt at nycresistor.com> wrote:
> This talk has been done to death.  I suggest finding a more original topic.
> On May 9, 2010 12:05 PM, "Bryan Bishop" <kanzure at gmail.com> wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Matthew McCabe <matt at mrmccabe.com>
> Date: Sun, May 9, 2010 at 10:58 AM
> Subject: [austin-hacker-space] Speaking at Defcon
> To: austin-hacker-space at googlegroups.com
> I am going to submit a proposal for a talk at Defcon on starting a
> hackerspace.  Specifically, I would like to give a short presentation
> (15-20 minutes) on how we built the Austin Hackerspace and then leave
> the remainder of the hour (50 minutes actually) open for questions to
> the panel.  The panel will hopefully consist of a couple members of
> AHS as well as members from other hackerspaces around the world.  That
> way, we will have the combined expertise to answer any "how-to"
> questions from the audience.
> If you are interested in participating, please e-mail me your bio:
> "This text will be used for the website and printed materials. Cover
> any professional history that is relevant to the presentation,
> including past jobs, tools that you have written, etc. Let people know
> who you are and why you are qualified to speak on your topic.
> Presentations that are submitted without biographies will not be
> considered."
> Also, please tell me how you plan to contribute to the panel.  You
> must be willing to field questions from the audience if you are going
> to sit on the panel.  Also, you need to be 100% certain that you are
> going to be in Vegas July 30th - August 1st.  The talk may be
> scheduled on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday so you need to be available
> all three days to speak.
> The deadline is June 1st - all of the details are here:
> http://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-18/dc-18-cfp-form.html
> Thanks,
> Matt
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> - Bryan
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