[hackerspaces] Is this a hackerspace?

Yves Quemener quemener.yves at free.fr
Wed Jan 2 20:46:06 CET 2013

Trying to explain what a hackerspace is, at the Lyon Open Lab, we ended up
explaining it as a place that produces projects that can be duplicated by
anyone with the right tools. The more I think of it, the more I think this
is the defining feature of the whole hacker/maker movement : produce
projects and give tools to reproduce them.

If you take this definition, some for-profits can qualify if they produce
things under free licenses. (and I do thing that Google has such a space)
On the other hand, non-profits that keep their know-how secret can not
qualify. A techshop would not be automatically eliminated : it all depends
on what its members create.

If it quacks like a duck...

I could see several categories but the one I would like to see on a map of
hackerspaces is "these places already published make/hack projects with
openly licensed blueprints". There could be also aspiring hackerspaces with
no finished projects yet, looking for new members to reach critical mass.

On 02/01/13 20:29, Psy Tek wrote:
> Agreed, this will at least give some separation.  We can maybe segment it
> more than two as also suggested... I think the NP/FP is a good filter to
> have in general.
> On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM, David Powell <davepow16 at gmail.com
> <mailto:davepow16 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I liked the idea in the other thread that suggested companies be listed
>     as non-profit and for profit.
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