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SpaceCamps exist as a venue for facilitators and founders of hacker- and makerspaces to speak to each other on the meta level of the maker movement and the associated responsibilities. SpaceCamp has taken place at Maker Faire San Mateo, Detroit, and New York. It’s also taken place for the Seattle ecosystem and informally at Chaos Communication Camp in Germany. This first global Camp will bring together people from all over the world (okay, mostly North America until our budget is better) for a focused 2-day event. We will all learn from each other’s victories and mistakes, design new patterns for our space processes, and walk away from the event with deeper ways to interact with each other. You can see planning and join in the action on our task management system, Atrium.

Let’s get together and have dedicated time to learn from each other. Come prepared to present, as this will be an unconference format. We’re working on getting funding for travel scholarships, and we’ll all throw in together to cover food and drink. Tracks fall into the general categories listed above, and might include things like “If you could go back in time, what lessons would you impart to yourself (and how would you get you to listen?),” “Pokelhaftigkeil (the slump in energy after formation),” “Succession Planning,” and “avoiding recreating hierarchical systems when trading time for dues” (add more ideas to the Atrium blog – please tag appropriately and comment a +1 on ideas you like). We’ll be capping attendance at around 350.

Where is this happenings? Well, there are so many fantastic venues that we’re doing a call for venue to kick things off. The offered space must be able to comfortably and safely house the 200-350 expected attendees. The event will take place from early Friday evening to late Sunday evening some weekend in April or May : enough time to recover from the holidays but before all the other conventions start.

Willow Brugh

Willow Brugh has been an active participant in the hacker and makerspace community since 2008, giving her purpose towards distributed systems, engaged citizenship, and mutual aid. With heavy involvement in Maker Faire, Random Hacks of Kindness, and the SpaceApps Challenge, Willow’s main skill is “getting out of the way.” She loves seeing how ideals which thrive online, such as transparency and collaboration, manifest in these spaces and events. Willow has also been known to give candy to individuals from more traditional approaches to entice them towards these different models of engagement.


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