GeekMom Interviews the HackerMoms

Ariane Coffin of GeekMom interviewed Mothership HackerMoms Samantha Matalone Cook and Sho Sho Smith. For the uninitiated, Mothership HackerMoms is the first hackerspace aimed directly at moms.

GeekMom: What do you envision for this new space?

Sho Sho: We just launched a Kickstarter fundraiser to get equipment, do some DIY construction, and develop our workshop programming. In the far future, we’d like to see a HackerMom space in every town to support as many mothers as possible. Traditional hackerspaces number over 1,000, and we will do everything we can to see that hackerspaces for mothers and women proliferate, too.

Samantha: We have been hard at work on a Kickstarter presentation to raise some money so we can acquire some specific and much-needed equipment, as well as re-organize our space to make it more efficient for our growing membership. We also will use this money to expand our educational offerings. We will also continue to participate in community programs like Maker Faire as well as offer spectacular learning experiences through our workshops.

As you may recall, the HackerMoms are holding a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for tools and buildout, aided by Smith’s brother Chris “Akiba” Wang who is selling kits to support the moms. The Kickstarter campaign has made its funding goal, but there are still 8 days left to help the HackerMoms finish their space.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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