Hey Everyone, I was wondering what the progress was on the open science
space @ PS1? In the past few months I have been working hard collecting
equipment and funding for an Open Science Space in the Hyde Park
neighborhood of Chicago. I don't want to _compete_ against PS1.
I have a significant amount of scientific equipment:
a high quality free standing double-side multilevel lab bench
I also have raised a couple thousands dollars to start renting a space but
plan on waiting till after the New Year due to amount of time I am willing
to invest at the moment. Though I plan on this place being a hackerspace of
sorts I also plan on having demonstrations for kids &c. Classes taught by
UChicago Professors and Ph.D.s (I am finishing up my Ph.D. at UChicago and
already have people who have agreed).
I haven't quite decided on a membership model but am thinking of a free
model using an application process and/or volunteering for access, which is
why I don't think it will compete with PS1. Also, I think it is highly
unlikely that I can/will donate everything to PS1 due to the fact that very
few people I know in Hyde Park would be willing to travel to PS1 to use the
space. I would try and make it out to PS1 but it is a haul from Hyde Park
without a vehicle. PS1 seems to have done great being a hackerspace for
people and I hope we can figure out a way to coexist.
I plan on doing a small kickstarter in the next month or so to raise some
additional funds for other things I need.
Any input/criticism would be appreciated.