[hackerspaces] PROJECT: HackerHostel.com

Agent 5 ag3nt5 at dc401.org
Thu Sep 1 22:53:13 CEST 2011

Excellent recommendation, I agree.

Something in the Hackerspace profile to the effect of selecting "On-site /
Off-site Accommodations" you think?

There's also a tumbleweed-type house that a friend of mine built and tested
here that he wants to scale to a bunk/minimalist guest house. If the
blueprints are completed we'll release them and part lists OpenSource. That
way if you don't really have a spare room or didn't want people sleeping in
the Hackerspace you could just park this out back and have very comfortable
temp livingspace. This mini-house is more comfortable and functional than
some  city apartments and can be put together by one person for little cash.

-Dave Johnson

On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 4:43 PM, Edward L Platt <elplatt at i3detroit.com>wrote:

> 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).
> -Ed
> --
> 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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