[hackerspaces] What do you do in open tuesdays?

Kelly Vanderwell kelly.vanderwell at gmail.com
Tue Jan 28 20:34:31 CET 2014

GRMakers in Grand Rapids, MI has wednesday nights free, and social night.

people come out, hang out, work on projects, bring projects, work on 
projects for the space (tool cabinets, making the mill/lathe work), and 
we have our "whats going on" 5 minute talks (like 5 Minutes of fame or 
PS:1's 300seconds of fame).

pretty much its a 'come hang out' night.  nothing scheduled except the 
5MOF.  free to public, its our busiest time of day/week.


On 01/27/2014 11:27 AM, matt wrote:
> NYCR does a pretty open format on their open night on thursdays... 
> people are invited in to work on stuff.  We occasionally get first 
> timers through who don't have a project to work on, and a member will 
> usually give them a tour and let em know what the open night and the 
> space is all about.
> However, in distant past times, I helped run a thing called 
> Make:NYC... and what we did is just invite people together for make 
> related activities.  We started with tutorials and mini projects, but 
> torward the end we settled on team challenges.  Let people break down 
> into teams and try to accomplish a goal in like a three hour span.
> Stuff like build a bridge out of balsa wood, but more creative.  I 
> remember one where we got cheap RC blimps and told people to try and 
> use them to move a weight.  We didn't even know if it was possible.  
> And teams came up with some incredible solutions.  Other ones like... 
> build a throwing arm to throw a payload.  Simple stuff.  Plan, 
> execute, laugh as everything fails spectacularly.  Some nights no one 
> succeeded other nights everyone did.  That format seemed pretty 
> beloved by a regular crowd of attendees.
> Just some thoughts.
> -Matt
> On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:20 AM, Bill Shaw <toppsoft at gmail.com 
> <mailto:toppsoft at gmail.com>> wrote:
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>         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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