Bay Area Consortium of Hackerspaces
The Bay Area Consortium of Hackerspaces (BACH pronounced "bah-kh" as in Johannes Sebastian Bach) is a proposed loosely-organized association of hackerspaces in the wider San Francisco Bay area.
BACH should operate under principles in the same vein or spirit as these:
- BACH should be very thin, with almost no over-head.
- BACH should exist to help its member spaces coordinate, communicate, and collaborate with one another.
- BACH should, above all, support the Bay Area hackerspace community's existent inter-dependence and resilience.
- BACH should, if possible, help articulate shared values between the spaces.
 Meeting Minutes
Some potential projects may include:
- Event / calendar coordination to help indicate overlapping events, as well as opportunities to attend each other's events.
- Resource sharing, under mutually agreed-upon terms.
- Annual "BACH" Conference to converge the community and prepare for the coming year.
- Have a single event for sharing some updates / progress / etc for a few hackerspaces (e.g. Dorkbot).
- Potential Hacker in Residence program.
- Crowd-funding for the local hacker community
- Hacker hostels / couch-surfing
- Insurance services (such as through a cooperative) for liability, building, up to health, dental, life, etc.
- Opportunity to leverage collective buying power and economies of scale to reduce costs overall.
- Cross-bay resilient mesh network.
To begin, it may be helpful to promote asynchronous conversation through personal notes to folks at potentially interested spaces. Next, to list interested parties below, form a simple mailing list and a basic web presence (on hackerspaces.org, or perhaps a sub-domain or other domain). Then, to meet very very infrequently, such as bi-monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually.
 Interested Parties
List your username with ~~~ if you are interested. Also, link to relevant groups as necessary.
- Wrought from Sudo room
- Tunabananas from Sudo room
- mk30 from Sudo room
- len from Sudo room
- Dweekly from HackerDojo
- thex from Fort
- Nubsoz from Ace Monster Toys
- Davr from Ace Monster Toys
- ShoSho from Mothership HackerMoms
- Mitch from Noisebridge
- Judi from CoCo San Leandro (hackerspace in progress)
- CuriousJohn from Sudo room, Noisebridge, around...
- Christinasc from Techshop
- Juul (talk) from Sudo room and Labitat