[hackerspaces] (no subject)

Ben Brown ben at generik.ca
Thu Oct 10 22:17:30 CEST 2013


Interest in hackerspaces would definitely vary between cities depending 
on the the average age/background of it's residents, 
universities/colleges in the area, etc. I'm not sure there could be an 
algorithm to estimate that.

That said, we used a survey that we promoted on social media and through 
local groups to gauge interest in a hackerspace. It ranged from general 
interests, to space requirements/tools preferred and even possible 
membership fees. We got about 46 submissions and used the answers from 
this survey to start Kwartzlab.

Here's the original web form: http://d-h.st/JAv
Report made from the survey results: http://d-h.st/mpn


On 10/10/2013 3:31 PM, shirley at velochicdesign.com wrote:
> Good morning everyone,
> List newbie here, part of a group getting a makerspace up and going in
> Birmingham, AL.
> Am wondering if any knows of or of anyone developing an algorithm or
> equation to predict a membership size range based on city or metro area
> population (or other factors)? Or from experience, has developed some
> simple rules of thumb? I'm writing our business plan and want, if at all
> possible to know if our predicted membership numbers that we're aiming for
> are realistic. (currently a business school iS student - who cheerully
> obsesses about such things)
> I'm prepared to slog through the current list on hackerspaces.org and do
> the analysis, but being lazy, wanted to see if anyone else had done it
> first. :)
> For context, B'ham AL is a spread out smear of a city, pop. 212,000,
> within a municipally fractured greater metro area of 1.1 million.
> Shirley Hicks
> shirley at velochicdesign.com
> hickssr at uab.edu
> www.redmountainmakers.org
> Birmingham, AL
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