Cultural and Legal Experiences of Hacker spaces
Proposition: We hackerspaces are a BIG community, so we should connect together to identify ourselves to governments and multinationals, and get funded as a massive community initiative. Let’s also share our legal structures and experiences to help other hackerspaces.
Iraq Case Study:
- A proper legal identity is essential because (1) makerspace activities are easily misunderstood, and (2) having a structure is important for collecting investment and sustaining the space.
- Define what is allowed, and what is considered too dangerous-- then prohibit people from working on dangerous projects
- Potential partners:
- Foreign organisations would want to support maker activities, but they don’t understand us. These groups could work with local governments and propose industrial activities
- Ministry of Science and technology would collaborate by building incubators-- hackerspaces can be a starting point for startups
- People come to us with ideas and potential businesses-- want to produce industrial-grade prototype and get investment. We could provide services to others in exchange for payment, which helps with sustainability.
- Military organisations fund philanthropic initiatives
- We are currently drafting a law with 52 points, to include hackerspaces and makerspaces as a part of incubators legally
- Serious investment problem at the moment!
- Current projects: motion capture suite and robotics projects for students, documented on hackster.io
Let’s collect (non-confidential) legal documents from various collaborative spaces to share publicly! Hub in a box is working on this now...
- Fab lab life cycle report: http://www.slideshare.net/pvdhyden/the-fab-lab-life-cycle-report-of-the
- More documentation on hackerspaces: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yRyWCpd1IpTuyM7ck6xWOvAzbqNmo9B1vKRbOu_-MeE/edit