[hackerspaces] Heads up: Int'l Hackers In Residence Program

Friday Demola demolaboy at gmail.com
Thu Nov 7 13:57:34 CET 2013

Hehehe, you may be right on that saying that "Education sucks it's all
about DEGREE people are taking tests rather than learning what they
want and need to live their lives" Mitch Altman you may also be wrong
because educating has a specific meaning in the dictionary even if the
schools are testing what they've taught the students by putting-on
tests for them; but let's put that aside.

I concur with the idea you brought to table, and interested citizens
of that country should signify and also spread the message.

Hack on
Friday Demola
Twitter: @Snowall_Dempo

On 11/7/13, Mitch Altman <maltman23 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I returned from China this morning, where I was way busy organizing the
> Hackers In Residence Program there.  (I've got lots of cool photos!
> <http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/collections/72157636349968593/> )
> The idea is:  a constant stream of diverse hackers from hackerspaces around
> the world stay at a host space for some period of time (often overlapping
> with other Residents staying there), collaborate with people to do cool
> projects, hack on their own projects, and be available as mentors.
> Tsinghua University (considered the best university in China) is officially
> starting the Hackers In Residents program.  It starts at the beginning of
> 2014.  And since Tsinghua is so well respected in China, the program will
> probably be spreading to universities and schools all over China.  And
> hopefully, spreading throughout the world.
> The HiR Program is needed -- it is needed because education sucks!  It sucks
> everywhere.  It's a matter of degree, but it mostly sucks everywhere.
> People are taking tests rather than learning what they want and need to live
> their lives.
> The Hackers In Residence Program offers people a chance at real, live,
> actual learning opportunities.  (At universities, schools, hackerspaces,
> libraries, and wherever it will exist.)
> Here's the deal at Tsinghua University in Beijing:
> A chosen Resident will stay 1 to 6 months at Tsinghua (overlapping with at
> least one other Resident), all expenses paid (travel to/from Beijing,
> housing, food, some stipend for daily expenses), and in return, the Resident
> will:
>    * collaborate with students to choose projects they will work on in small
> groups
>    * be available as a mentor for students
>    * create an event (such as a hackathon)
>    * suggest more potential Residents for the future
>    * work on their own cool project(s) to share
>    * have an amazing time.
> A bunch of us in the Bay Area have been talking about a broader
> International Hackers In Residence Program, where any hackerspace,
> university, school, community center, library (or whatever space), can offer
> to host Residents.  Some places, such as Tsinghua, will pay for all
> expenses.  Others may only offer a space for Residents to do their thing.
> It is up to the space what they want to offer.  It is also up to each space
> what they require from the Residents.
> While in China, some of us have already started brain-storming a website to
> start things off.
> There is already a list of potential HiR people ready to start things off at
> Tsinghua.  But, since this is going to spread quickly throughout China (and
> the world), more potential Residents are needed.  So, think about if you'd
> like to be a Hacker in Residence somewhere!
> This is just a heads up for now.  The process will become more formalized as
> it comes together (and spreads).
> Cheers,
> Mitch. 		 	   		
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