[hackerspaces] A little talk about hackerspaces and travel

Alex Porto alex.itajuba at gmail.com
Thu May 24 02:46:56 CEST 2018

Hello, Thiago.

I've been to some spaces and noticed that there is a lot of different
conceptions on what a "hackerspace" is, and this reflects on how friendly
people will receive you. In Brazil we had just a few spaces, and all of
them shared a common ground as a community, visitors were always very well
received, so I thought it would be the same all around the world. But
mostly in US I saw that there are some spaces that are more business spaces
that community spaces, so the reception was a little bit colder there.

But I'm not telling this to discourage you. On the contrary! Look, I spent
3 months in Melbourne, Florida last year. I knew they had a space there,
and I had some opportunities to go there, but I just didn't go. Simply
because of these previous bad experiences with other US spaces. And now I
saw Joshua's answer above and I'm felling bad for losing those

So, I'd recommend trying to contact the members in advance (website,
Facebook page, etc), so you will have an idea on how approachable the
members are, and can also arrange to schedule the best opportunity for your
visit. For example, an open-night, when the members would not be busy with
their projects and could spend some time chatting with you.



On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 8:58 AM, Lars-Magnus Skog <ralphtheninja at riseup.net>

> Hi Thiago,
> It's a splendid idea and captures a lot of the common hackerspace
> mentality (my opinion) of sharing and collaboration. If you put some
> work into it and do your research I'm sure you will find plenty of
> places to visit that will welcome you and even give you a place to stay.
> One suggestion could be to create a https://cryptpad.fr (or similar) to
> share your trip/plans
> Cheers
> On 05/23/2018 01:18 PM, zeh at posteo.de wrote:
> > Hi there!
> >
> > I'm new to the hackerspace culture and I want to introduce myself
> > before I ask
> > you how welcome this idea I have might sound like.
> >
> > My name is Thiago and I used to work as a developer but I quit my job
> > and I had
> > a time off from computers.
> >
> > Not long ago I went to an opensource meeting in Peru and I had so much
> > fun. So
> > I decided to start studying again. A bit later I heard about the
> > hackerspaces
> > for the first time.
> >
> > Since I want to keep traveling I've got myself a laptop and though
> > about change
> > my idea of travel. Instead of visiting monuments or going to different
> > cities I
> > thouhgt about going around visiting hackerspaces, meeting hackers from
> > all
> > around, learning and helping on projects, having fun and getting
> > better as
> > a developer.
> >
> > Wondering how this might sound to all of you. I mean...is a
> > hackerspace a place
> > to receive travelers looking for knowlogment and people to meet?
> >
> > Right now, it is just an idea but I'm looking forward to hearing your
> > ideas and
> > thoughts about it.
> >
> > I had a problem with my mail client so I'm not sure if this email ever
> > left my mailbox.
> > I apologize in case you've got it for the secont time.
> >
> > I hope to hear from all of you soon
> >
> >  Cheers,
> > Thiago
> >
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