[hackerspaces] Spark 181 – Mitch Altman says hackers could raise $10mil

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Thu May 10 19:31:21 CEST 2012

I know that nyc resistor pitched a grant proposal to the MacArthur
foundation probably in 2009 or so.  We had floated an idea nearly
identical to the hacker scout badges that adafruit and phil torrone (
of make ) have come up with as well.  We did not get the grant.
Which to my mind is a pity.  It would have been pretty great.

I really think that a hacker scouts style approach is the right way to
go about it.

If you want to have a real impact on a kids education and
opportunities the goal is to engage the parents as well as the kid.
It should be a shared experience.  That's all there is to it.


On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Ryan Rix <ry at n.rix.si> wrote:
> HeatSync has a fairly active Young Makers program thanks to the work of some
> of our board members and community members.
> Just because the primary audience of a hackerspace is adults, doesn't exclude
> children and childrens' programs from a space. Indeed, some of the smartest
> people I know in our space are 11 or 14 years old.
> r
> On Thu 10 May 2012 01:18:41 Al Jigong Billings wrote:
>> Oh really?
>> Name the hackerspaces with school programs or programs primarily focused on
>> children?
>> The vast majority of hackerspaces *are* concerned with education but only
>> that of adults.
>> --
>> Al Jigong Billings
>> http://www.openbuddha.com
>> On Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM, Nils Hitze wrote:
>> > Building Hackerspaces IS educating kids. If the Hackerspaces follow a
>> > certain code of conduct,
>> > which could include: Educating is the main target of this space
> --
> Ryan Rix -- http://rix.si
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