We've had our most successful meeting tonight, with 25 people turning up, half of them were new to the space. We had two quality presentations, at the end of which people splitted in groups and started sharing and making music.
It is unfortunate that while we had a good fun, it was detrimental to other members of the space, who felt that we should not have used the main room for our workshop, as the access to soldering station and kitchen was made difficult. I am sorry if people have felt pushed away.
Now, bearing in mind that our meetings happen once a week between 7pm and 9:30pm, I would like to ask kindly if we could use the main space on Thursdays, in order to have enough room to accommodate everyone. Also, I would like to ask permission to video tape the presentations. We won't film anything outside of the scope of our presentations. This is to archive our actvities. Finally, I would like to invite everyone to take advantage of the presentations to meet artists and music enthusiasts in a most friendly environment.
I think Music Hackspace is excellent, but I wonder if this is pushing
usage of the space a bit too far. (I think we might be able to find
another venue fairly easily.)
I think this project is a bit unusual and deserves a little extra attention here and there because there is a clear opportunity (and potentially also desire) for grooming a new community that will eventually outgrow the Hackspace and start its own thing.
It fills an incredibly large gap, I can easily see this grow to a comparable size as the actual London Hackspace. London is probably one of the few perfect cities for such a music hacking community.
It's a great test case for how to build a new hackspace community using the resources of an existing one.
Personally, I think you've made quite a strong case for trying to find
a larger space.
The quiet room is generally used for booked events. It may have
smaller dimensions than the other room but it has a great deal less
clutter, the tables can more easily be moved and it's fairly easy to
overflow into the foyer. Why is it not suitable ?
There's also the possibility of using temporary spaces rather than the
hackspace for larger meetings - the trampery, C4cc etc. No use for a
permanent studio but that's a different question entirely.
I appreciate greatly that the space has welcomed this activity. If you think that it is the time to start discussing the possibility for a new space, that would make us very happy.
In the meantime, it would be great if our meet ups could be supported a little longer in the main space. The quiet room is not big enough to accommodate 25 people, not without removing all the desks from there.
We could find other places than the main space for meeting up. We've looked into them. But I think that what we're doing is very much inline with the mission of the space, and that reaching out to new people and receive them here rather than at e.g. C4CC is beneficial to the hackspace community.
Regarding the day for the meetings/seminars, I would suggest to keep it on Thursdays, which was the preferred day by a majority of people when we started this 5 weeks ago. But we could meet ALSO at the week end, to run informal workshops :)
Hows our cash flow/reserves at the moment?
As far as I know we currently have a surplus of about �1000 a month, this will increase to at least �1500 and maybe
as much as �2500 when we become a charity.
Not sure about cash reserves, I would guess at �9000 but could be well out!
Russ will probably post the real figures shortly.
Yeah, the quiet room is intended to be reconfigured if necessary - it
only takes 10mins to take the legs off the desks and stow them away.
And please kindly inform people you like to move from the space they
are currently working at, a bit in advance, weather this is in silent
room or in the main room!
I think even we (read the music hackers) didn't recognised the quick growth of the music hackers.
Starting off as a bunch of people around one desk in the main room.
If you come up with more ideas on how we can improve and evolve let us know, it will be much appreciated
/Phil the swedish cat
After the presentation we do not intend to make any more noise in the quite space.
We may make some noise when hacking in the mailroom. We will try to keep it in tune with the Stratsys, but can't promise that.
> but this is double the hassle for people already in the main room.
> Tear down, re-setup in the quiet room and move back if they need kit
> in there
I think you misunderstood:
the suggestion is to have the music meet in the quiet room so no-one has to move from the main room.
It does mean that people already in the quiet room may have to move unless they want to be part of the music thing.
Same as for other booked events.
No one will get interrupted by Chris's orgasmic grindings (or is it
On Nov 18, 2:40 pm, Philip Clevberger <philip.clevber...@gmail.com>
> .....would we be allowed to put contact mics on the stratsys?....
You mean on Chris?
Probably depends on what part. Whattya say, Chris?