[hackerspaces] How did you all first find out about Hackerspaces?

Kelly Vanderwell kelly.vanderwell at gmail.com
Thu Oct 17 01:17:35 CEST 2013

I first found out about a hackerspace via The Geek Group, they moved 
into town and i started helping out with them.  Then started hanging out 
with Grand rapids Linux users group (GRLUG) and GRLUG morphed into 
GRMakers, and now I'm solely with GRMakers and enjoying every minute of it.


On 10/16/2013 06:10 PM, matt wrote:
> It's worth mentioning that NYC Resistor was made aware of The 
> Resistors, another MUCH older hackerspace form the North East by one 
> of their former members.
> http://www.resistors.org/index.php/History_of_the_R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S.
> Hackerspaces have been around a long time... in fact facilities much 
> like hackerspaces formed a large part of the ACTUAL renaissance.
> -Matt
> On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM, Arclight <arclight at gmail.com 
> <mailto:arclight at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I used to hang out a place called the Youth Science Center. It was
>     sort of a relic left over from the space race, when American
>     parents cared about  their kids learning about science and such.
>     It was a non-profit that got a free disused classroom and was
>     staffed by what I would now identify as hackers.  One of the guys
>     who helped run it had repeatedly and aggressively applied to NASA,
>     trying to be the youngest astronaut at the time, another was a mad
>     scientist who invented a bunch of medical equipment, and several
>     others were programmer/geeks
>     I learned BASIC on a TI-99/4a, we set things on fire all the time,
>     and they had an awesome once-a-year sale of surplus lab junk from
>     Beckman and Hughes where some of the benefactors of the place
>     worked.  They would also pay the bills by renting more classrooms
>     and off-duty teachers during the Summer and putting on math,
>     science and other classes.
>     Eventually, the school kicked them out due to overcrowding and not
>     seeing much value in their mission. The sports teams that used the
>     surrounding fields and facilities also saw it as a big nuisance.
>     Their sister location is still around, supported by the
>     mostly-Asian community they are located in. Check it out:
>     http://www.youthsciencecenter.org/
>     As for our space: We were into BBSs in the early 90s. I started
>     one in my town, and we would have user meets every Tuesday.  Years
>     later, we all had Internets,the BBS was gone but we were still
>     having user meets and parties. Eventually, we decided to get a
>     space and do something like we always heard about the CCC, L0pht
>     and other folks doing. Have run our current space for about 6 years.
>     Arclight
>     23b Shop
>     Fullerton, CA
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