[hackerspaces] hackerspace demographics

Jenny Ryan jenny at thepyre.org
Sat Jan 12 05:24:58 CET 2013

Request for further context, as the first quoted post comes across as a
desire to pull in more rich older men into hackerspace culture, which
surely couldn't possibly be what Steven meant.


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On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 8:04 PM, Steven Sutton <ssutton4455 at gmail.com>wrote:

> My point wasn't that this was the demographic we specifically target, it
> was that based on the narrowest definition of the market potential, it
> still far exceeds the capacity of the spaces involved in area.
> I personally believe that diversity makes spaces far more interesting.
> From maker scouts to artists, biohackers, researchers, students, subject
> matter experts, etc... the major point of our "league of doom" between the
> spaces in Atlanta is to better understand how we can diversify our spaces
> and differentiate.
> Steven
> On Jan 11, 2013 10:44 PM, "Katie Bechtold" <bokunenjin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM, Steven Sutton <ssutton4455 at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> For us, there are 200,000 people in the metro Atlanta area that fit what
>>> MAKE found in their survey to be the typical hackerspace demographic. Our
>>> mission isn't to divide up the available people into competing spaces, it's
>>> to bring some of those 200k into this community.
>> From the survey:
>> "Over eight in ten (81%) are male with a median age of 44. Participants
>> also report a high median household income of $106,000 and nearly
>> three-quarters (73%) own their home or apartment. Most are married or
>> living as married with nearly four in ten reporting children under the age
>> of 17 living in the household."
>> Wouldn't it be great to have a mission to bring some of the millions of
>> people *outside* that demographic into this community?
>> --
>> Katie      http://about.me/katiebechtold
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