Nottingham Hackspace loses home, needs £2000 for deposit on new place

David Hayward writes,

Nottingham Hackspace was set up just over a year ago, and in that time we've found a band of incredibly talented geeks, hackers and makers, also expanding from just a store room to a well equipped hackspace with a teaching room and a workshop. Among many other things, we've taught people how to solder and use Arduinos, built a giant Rube Goldberg machine, placed third in the global hackerspace cupcake challenge, staged a real laser assault course, and built a fully functioning RepRap.

It's been an awesome year, but the owners of our building have just turfed out both Nottingham Hackspace and our landlords in order to redevelop. We've found a new home that could be *the* perfect hackspace, with room for both large events and small gatherings. We've already negotiated a deal with the building management, but there's just one thing we need help with in order to keep the Hackspace alive and kicking: A little help raising the rather large deposit. Without that, the Hackspace will be homeless at the end of April. We've been fundraising hard, and the members have been very generous so far, but we have a little way to go before we can sign contracts.

They're only after £2000; raising this should be pretty straightforward!

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  1. This sounds like an awesome use of money. Tiny capital deployed!

    Sure would be nice if my fundraising endeavor were posted here, or even acknowledged as submitted to the Boing Boing collective.

    P.S. Hi Cory!

  2. £2000 is, like about $3700 dollars? And you build Rube Goldberg machines and teach people to solder and do cupcake challenges? Sorry, wish I could spare the cash. Good luck, tho!

  3. It’s money well spent, even if it’s on seemingly inane and frivolous things. People who hang out in hackerspaces are teaching and learning at the cutting while doing weird and wondrous things.
    You will tell your grandkids about it, you might even tell them you met their grandmother at a hackerspace. They are great “3rd places” to grow sustainable communities that can transform into city-wide rebirths of radical civility. It’s the simple things that can bring and hold talent together, but once it’s there amazing things can happen.

    1. It sounds like what some hippies and the Diggers and various communes did in the late 60s and 70s. Some of those innovative outfits are still active. Hackerspace conjures up visions of Bucky Fuller and the work of Stewart Brand

  4. It seems to me that with a little bit of business expertise they could market themselves pretty successfully. I’m sure lots of parents would love to send their kid to a place like this to learn skills that makes engineering and science/math fun. I’m also sure adults would love to come and participate and pay their way.

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