[hackerspaces] Whipping up interest for Lake Forest, CA hackerspace

Ashley McClelland armcclelland at gmail.com
Sun Jan 23 17:59:55 CET 2011

Hello! This is exciting! I grew up in Southern California myself and have
good friends who live in Lake Forest-- I will throw out the word!

Lake Forest tends to be a pricey area, but I'm sure as you guys use the
connections you develop and get the word out more (Mel had great advice on
this), you'll be able to figure out your options. Looks like you guys just
got started "officially" recently, so take your time, attract interest, meet
weekly, and continue to develop a core group of passionate people who really
want to see a hackerspace happen. That said, once you have that, you'll
increasingly feel the pressure to "find a space", so it's never to early to
start looking around and checking out your options and exhausting your

Good luck and remember to use the larger community as a resource (good job
doing that so early on!) for getting ideas, sifting through paperwork,
asking for help, etc. :) I may pop into your IRC to say hello and see if you
guys need anything. Keep using this list as a resource-- it's been *super*
helpful for us in the formation of Splat Space (Durham, NC) and Interlock
(Rochester, NY). You'll find a lot of great stuff here and lots of fun ways
to participate in the larger hackerspace community.



On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 7:42 AM, Mel <mel at hackersouverts.fr> wrote:

> Hey Jonni,
> First off, good luck with the project ! Like you, I've recently started
> foraying into opening a structure a few weeks ago with a buddy, in
> hackerspace-free waters North of Paris, France.
> The first thing I've been focusing on, instead of finding a space, is
> finding people interested and offering a communication structure through the
> site and free services like Twitter and the likes. This way, people can
> already start sharing information, ideas and helping each other on project
> if they're so inclined even without a physical space to work as. For that
> purpose, I've looked up computer stores across the town, and am going to go
> and ask if I can post fliers and posters there inviting locals to join the
> websites and forums to gather around locals interested in the activities we
> can offer and meeting like-minded tinkerers.
> Secondly, I've been getting in touch with the person responsible for
> information technology development at the town hall to let them know that
> we're trying to establish ourselves in the area and that, should there be a
> need for help with community outreach help regarding computer sciences and
> technology, we could certainly talk about it - and letting them know at the
> same time what our needs are in terms of space, and what we plan to offer
> the local community.
> I guess so far, that'd be the only advice another beginner can give you -
> focus on the local assets, people and communities. Keep in touch !
> M.
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> 2010/12/24 Jonny Gerold <fsk141 at tinkerbyte.com>
>> Hello,
>> My name is Jonny & am planning on starting a new hackerspace in uncharted
>> waters. I just wanted to do a shameless namedrop, and try to catch anyone
>> that might be interested in helping/joining/donating?
>> The name of our hackerspace is TinkerByte && hopefully we can find a space
>> in Lake Forest, CA (I know there is some great industrial space, and it's a
>> great neighborhood)
>> I've setup a little setpage & the startings of a wiki at
>> http://tinkerbyte.com
>> http://wiki.tinkerbyte.com
>> Any advice will be happily accepted.
>> Thanks, Jonny
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