Unconference for Hacker/Makerspace Founders and Facilitators

Unconference for Hacker/Makerspace Founders and Facilitators
drawing by James Carlson

Ever wanted to talk with other people who create and maintain hacker and makerspaces? SpaceCamps exist as a forum for facilitators and founders of hacker and makerspaces to speak to each other on the meta level of the maker movement and associated responsibilities. SpaceCamp took place at Maker Faire San Mateo, Detroit, and New York in 2011. It’s also taken place for the Seattle ecosystem and informally at Chaos Communication Camp in Germany. This first independent Camp will bring together people for a focused 1 1/2-day event. We will all learn from each others’ victories and mistakes, design new patterns for our space processes, and walk away from the event with deeper ways to interact with each other.

The first dedicated SpaceCamp (not as a subsection during another event) will take place May 16th and 17th in the Bay Area.

19:00 to 22:00 of Wednesday, May 16th at Noisebridge: mingling and session planning

Thursday, May 17th at San Mateo Faire Grounds (where Maker Faire will take place that weekend): 10:00 to 21:00 with breaks for lunch and dinner. MAKE is generously hosting the space, though this is a Space Federation event. You are responsible for getting yourself there and creating a badge.

See atrium.schoolfactory.org/spacecamp for session planning and logistics. See #spacecamp on freenode for conversation and the usual lurking. And see http://spacecampwest.eventbrite.com/ to register!

12 thoughts on “Unconference for Hacker/Makerspace Founders and Facilitators

  1. Too bad it is 1500 miles away. » Why Aren't You Outraged? says:

    […] Unconference for Hacker/Makerspace Founders and Facilitators Ever wanted to talk with other people who create and maintain hacker and makerspaces? SpaceCamps exist as a forum for facilitators and founders of hacker… […]

  2. mauimaker says:

    Its 2300+ miles from me – and I will be there. … Thursday. Cant leave Da Island till Wednesday eve so I’m red eyeing it in via LA. Should be a great weekend!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Does it come with DARPA funding?

    1. mauimaker says:

      Does it matter?
      Wouldnt you rather see the $$ spent on education than war?
      but no, there is no darpa funding for space camp.

      1. Sean Ragan says:

        Man that is classic trolling, like 2005 vintage. Which was a great year for it, as I recall. Takes me back!

    2. Willow Brugh says:

      Anon, this does not have any DARPA funding.
      We are using space at the Faire grounds because it has been paid for setup time but is not in use on Thursday. MAKE was kind enough to let us use the excess space.
      This event was booked far in advance to the DARPA/MAKE debate. As Maker Faire is historically a gathering place for people associated with hacker and maker spaces in the US, I thought it would save everyone time and money (and lots of plane flights) to hold an event temporally and geographically relevant.
      My thoughts on DARPA are on my own blog. I’d love to continue this conversation here or there.

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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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