Open Hack Night
Bring your stuff or use ours!
When Tue May 20, 2014 6pm -- 8:30pm Eastern Time
Where Central Rappahannock Regional Library England Run Branch, 806 Lyons Boulevard, Falmouth, VA, United States
At Open Hack Night we gather at the local library and work on various projects, help each other solve problems and share what we do with anyone who stops by to check us out. It's a great place to come out and meet us for the first time and see what we do and have a chance to chat with us.
Mission and Vision
Vision: Provide motivated people access to a knowledgeable community with the resources, space and collaborative opportunities necessary for them to realize their personal creative vision through the mastery and use of all manner of technology.
Mission: Create a self-sustaining community that has the space, tools, and expertise necessary promote technical knowledge and education while providing a safe and supportive environment where members can pusue personal technological fulfillment.
The tangibles that we seek are a safe and convenient space with the resources (electricity, water, heat, beer etc.) and tools (3D printers, milling machines, lathes, welders, soldering stations, wood working equipment, microscopes etc.) we need to pursue our technical interests. It boils down to shared space, tools and resources.
Intangibles include access to like-minded people to discuss projects and subjects of mutual interest, a community of knowledgeable technologists willing to teach and learn, collaboration partners, a community that can collect and organize the groups knowledge and experience so individuals don't have to reinvent the wheel. I think in the end it is all about personal technological fulfillment. Whether that means learning to solder and building a radio or mounting a Tesla coil on my solar powered biodiesel hybrid tricycle kinetic sculpture it would be nice if there were a place nearby with the space, tools and advice needed to get there.
I think the core idea is shop where pooled investment provides access to equipment that requires financial and space commitments beyond most individual means. Rather than building an exclusive or private organization we want to provide a community service that consists of community education programs with access to space and tools and mentoring. In exchange we'll seek public funding and support to the extent we can get it and still pursue our mission. The more public funding and support we have the less personal financial investment is needed. This should lead to a more stable and durable organization as it minimizes concerns over finances and who owns what. In my experience financial concerns are often the seeds of destruction when multiple people invest time and money building an organization.
Tuesday, 20 May, 2014
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