[hackerspaces] PROJECT: HackerHostel.com

Edward L Platt elplatt at i3detroit.com
Thu Sep 1 22:43:40 CEST 2011

Recommendation: allow for cases where sleeping at the hackerspace itself is
not an option, but where members are willing to host guests (this is the
case at i3 Detroit).

Edward L. Platt
i3 Detroit: i3detroit.com
Cell: 248.320.5061

On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 3:07 PM, Agent 5 <ag3nt5 at dc401.org> wrote:

> 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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