Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NorthWest Arkansas needs a hackerspace.

NorthWest Arkansas needs a hackerspace. There have been at least 2 attempts in the past and they both appear to have died on the vine.  This is Take 3.
I would like to build Take 3 in Benton County instead of in Fayetteville.  This is due to the fact that there are a large number of professionals who would like to have a hackerspace, but don't want to travel too far to go.
What I want in a Hacker/maker space.

  1. The clubhouse for an active hacker/maker club.
  2. Somewhat centrally located near I-540 at or north of exit 78 (Monroe Ave. Lowell) 
  3. Reasonable monthly fees with a sliding scale based on willingness to volunteer time towards club maintenance and fundraising activities.
  4. Active in the community.
  5. Safe and fully insured. 
  6. Classes.
  7. Well equipped shop.
    1. Laser cutter
    2. Full sheet CNC router/plasma cutter.
    3. MIG welder
    4. Wood working tools. 
    5. Additional space for more based on the requirements of the group.
If you would like to see a hacker or maker space in Northwest Arkansas, then join the cause by following this blog or joining the Facebook group.

1 comment:

  1. OK We just wanted to do this quick introduction post. Our name is DFW Makers Club, located in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area in the state of Texas. We are to our knowledge the latest hackerspace to open up in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. We are for the most part a group of students who have started this project and are going through the steps to eventually open our doors to the public at large reasonably early next year. We are trying to meet up to our challenges and overcome them in the process to build a model organization. Our central goal is for our hackerspace to act as a community oriented nonprofit workshop helping people of all walks of life pursue technology and industrial related interests both as a group and as individuals. We shall do that by:

    1. Educating, teaching and instructing youths, school children, the unemployed who wants to gain new employable skills etc etc and we shall spread our knowledge, knowhow and expertise in the fields in which we as a group or as individuals may excel.

    2. By giving the community at large access to tools, expertise, knowhow and manpower in order to work on their own projects and also contribute to the hackerspace in their own right.

    3. By recruiting among our local communities and by having regular get together in order to build solidarity with and among our hackerspace, our immediate community and the overall community of Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

    The challenges faced by our organization are many but the most debilitating one is that of a general lack of resources esp. at the rate that we are expanding our overall activity. Given the fact that most of the members of our hackerspace are students and as enthusiastic as we are we come from mostly humble backgrounds. Therefore in order to meet our economic and resource related challenges - namely a dedicated workspace open to all 24/7, we are considering raising capital and are interested in starting a kickstarter campaign. What do you guys think? We are interested in hearing from established hackerspaces such as yourself. Let us know if you have any questions, we will be glad to reply and update you with the pertinent information. And of course we would definitely appreciate any word of advice and any support in substance and/or in spirit.

    You can follow us on our website hackerspace and

    Thank You.