[hackerspaces] PROJECT: HackerHostel.com

Agent 5 ag3nt5 at dc401.org
Thu Sep 1 21:07:29 CEST 2011

To Garret Wilson from SF, California for donating the domain. Many thanks to
you good sir.

Visit "gwil.me" to follow his twitter feed.

-Dave Johnson

On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM, Agent 5 <ag3nt5 at dc401.org> wrote:

> Traveling to other Hackerspaces = GOOD
> Spending a lot of money on hotel fees = BAD
> Introducing a project brought to you by the The Brain Tank, and Hackers
> like you, called "HackerHostel.com".
> *NOTE: This is an excellent opportunity to use your new Hackerspace
> Passport.
> The Goal:
> Negate one of the larger expenses associated with travel, namely HOTEL
> FEES, in order to further promote idea cross-pollination through visitor,
> ambassador, and Hacker In Residency programs for Hackerspaces.
> How?:
> A website that will allow users to view Hackerspaces with available
> sleeping quarters and to submit visitor proposals to participating
> Hackerspaces for review. Tell us about yourself and what you wish to teach
> during your stay at your Hackerspace of choice.
> The website will help Hackerspaces manage their proposals, discuss Best
> Practices, as well as help raise money for spaces to spruce up their
> sleeping quarters if necessary.
> Also, each Hackerspace would have some kind of profile detailing the space
> available, the kinds of classes they might be looking for, what tools
> facilities would be available to the HIR.
> Why?:
> What better way to spend a short vacation than to learn something and teach
> others something new?
> We can further innovation and the exchange of ideas over the course of a
> few days by removing those pesky physical borders.
> Where?:
> Whatever you consider a comfortable place to stay for a brief period of
> time in your Hackerspace. Could be a hammock, place to put a sleeping bag, a
> couch, or actual bunk bed. If you've got a space to crash, you've got a
> Hacker Hostel. The amount of time you allow a Hacker in Residence to stay is
> entirely up to you.
> We've begun setting up The Brain Tank in Providence RI as a testing ground
> already. We should be able to comfortably sleep 2 HIR's (Hacker in
> Residence) on proper bunk beds. A volunteer will be living and innovating
> 24/7 at The Brain Tank helping us work out the bugs and blogging about their
> experience. It's a really convenient and safe area to live in.
> http://www.walkscore.com/score/350-kinsley-ave-providence-ri
> http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/The_Brain_Tank
> Things we have:
> -The website domain name www.HackerHostel.com was graciously donated to
> us. Thank you very much, we couldn't have done this without your generosity.
> *If anyone at all wants to be part of this website build please contact me
> ag3nt5 at dc401.org , we could really use the help.
> -Kayak (The Brain Tank is right next to a river through the city)
> -E-bike (great for short distances)
> -Servers and Terminals
> -Tools & Scrap Electronics (lots of em)
> -Coffee maker/microwave/oven/popcornmachine
> -Hidden urban garden (great for relaxing or grilling outside)
> -Tshirts (being designed as we speak. shirt slogan = "Sleep. Hack.
> Repeat.")
> Things we may need:
>  -Website (A very simple booking website would be necessary to make this
> work. I've never built one before and could def use a hand if anyone want's
> to chip in.)
> -Shower (wouldn't cost more than $150 total to buy & install at The Brain
> Tank. Once we figure out the cheapest way to build a shower we'll release
> the cost and build info to all)
> -Kickstarter  (we can generate funding and offer cash to other Hackerspaces
> to improve their sleeping quarters. This will also fund the website
> maintenance.)
> What do you think should be added? Changed? etc...
> Note: This project is soooo simple to put together and would have a
> significant benefit to Hacker  culture. Right now all I think it really
> needs is a VIDEO, a WEBSITE, and a properly formed statement/description.
> We'd be helping to break down the barriers associated with the inconvenience
> and expense of travel. Making it easier for great minds and talents to move
> around freely teaching each other what they know. Suggestions... comments...
> concerns... solutions...?
> If you would like to help in any way, please contact me and we'll get the
> ball rolling.
> -Dave Johnson
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