[hackerspaces] What do you do in open tuesdays?

Bill Shaw toppsoft at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 17:20:20 CET 2014

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> From: Florencia Edwards <floev22 at gmail.com>
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> Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:38:20 -0300
> Subject: [hackerspaces] What do you do in open tuesdays?
> What sort of activities do you do in open tuedays? Is it with members
> and.not members meeting and talking? We are having a open tuesday soon and
> people ( and i admit, me too) dont understand what it is about , its
> abstract. We just say our doors are open everyone is welcome. But what sort
> of activities do you usually do on open tuesdays? Like a meeting where
> people.introduce themselves and say what they hack?
> Id love some examples
> Cheers
> We originally started by doing introductions and giving everyone a chance
to introduce themselves and talking about our goals and mission. After
about a month, it got tedious to hear the same things over and over so we
transitioned to scheduling a class to coincide with the open night and
moved from there to occasional workshops.

We look at these as community building evenings. They give visitors a
chance to meet lots of members at once and we often have working groups
meeting to move projects forward so everyone can see what is going on
within the group.

Besides that, we have started monthly member meetings just before our Open
Make Night for members to hear of the status of the organization and to
allow them to present and pitch projects.

We're still playing with the format. Classes were troublesome only because
our space is one large room and competing conversations took away from
them. We recently acquired some moveable partitions so the workshops were a
good substitute since they were more participative and less structured.

Bill Shaw
Tampa Hackerspace
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