Infinity

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Infinity
Status active
Country India

State or District

Himachal Pradesh

City Dharamsala

Date of founding

2012/07/16

Last Updated 2014-12-08
Website

IRC

  1. infinity on irc.oftc.net

Phone

7831941353, 9882883272

E-mail

infinity@hillhacks.in

Snail mail

Ghoomakad, Near Rakkar Ground, Rakkar, Sidhbari
Himachal Pradesh-176057 Dharamsala
India

Number of members

8 residents, 20+ friends and Hillhacks"residents,20+friendsandHillhacks" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.

Membership fee

Varies from case to case/purpose to purpose. For the room + food + studio + internet. It will be nice if you can chip in Rs. 700 per day for short visit and Rs. 10000 per month if you are accepted as a long term resident. We also fund residencies if someone is contributing (at least half of their time) for projects that are valuable for the local community/world in some meaningful way :)

Size of rooms

42m²

Members

Open to Residencies?

yes

Location 32° 11' 54.6684", 76° 22' 1.092"
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Infinity (representing the truth, which lies between the knowable and unknowable) is a hackbase located in an agricultural hamlet and close to the center of the Tibetan community in exile at Dharamshala, India. Infinity presents a unique opportunity to discover one's self in the Himalaya, experiment with technology, nature and society in a naturally creative environment, and work towards a self sustainable, knowledgeable and symbiotic way of life.

Upcoming events[edit]

  • Dec 27th - 30th, 2014 - Congress Everywhere Workshops, talks and sessions around technology, art and society. Remote conferencing with 31C3 in Hamburg and other Congress Everywhere locations throughout the world. Connecting with likeminded, exploring nature. Subscribe to the mailing list here
  • May 23rd - June 7th, 2015 - Second Hillhacks Workshops, talks and sessions around technology, art and society. Connecting with likeminded, exploring nature

Location and Background[edit]

Set amid the backdrop of the snow capped Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, the hackspace/studio is located amidst natural surroundings of fresh river streams, thick woods and lush terrace fields at Rakkar, Sidhbari, 8kms from the town of Dharamshala in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The studio functions as a fusion space for nerds and artists from across the world and the locals from the Rakkar and Dharamsala community, alike.

Rakkar is an agricultural hamlet inhabited by the indigenous shepherd community called the Gaddi and has a population of around 1500 people. The hamlet is still largely untouched by the invasion of modern life and is relatively self sustainable in terms of the local economy, also because many people grow their own food and have own land. However, dropping farm yields, limited sources of income and rising living costs are forcing the locals to abandon their traditional way of living and embracing the world of real estate, consumerism and concrete.

The Space[edit]

Outdoor space

The hackerspace is located in a compound of eco friendly cottages built using local architecture knowledge and natural raw materials like wood, stone, mud and slate. The living cottage consists of 8 rooms with living facilities and a community kitchen, and is occupied by the full time residents. The working space is in a separate cottage with a large hall that can accommodate 10-15 people. There is also plenty of outdoor space with tables to work on and a small irrigation channel to dip your feet in.

Accomodation[edit]

During a rainy afternoon

There is always space for visitors. Sleeping bags can can be provided to volunteers at the hackerspace itself based on availability. Private rooms with food can also be arranged at hackbase compound, or in the home stays in the village within walking distance and at reasonable rates. Volunteers are invited to help in the following domains:

  • Imparting guidance and technical knowledge to schoolchildren and college children
  • Improving or adding to the hackbase in any way
  • Support to existing projects of the hackbase community

Food and transport[edit]

Fresh home cooked meals are prepared at the space for a reasonable price (Rs55/meal). Kitchen facilities are also available to prepare food yourself. The village has basic convenience stores that can be used for most supplies. A well stocked supermarket and cafe is reachable within a 20 minute walk to the main Bazaar.

Regular buses to Dharamshala (9km) are available from Sidhbari bazaar (15min walk).

Local Organizations[edit]

There is a myriad of locally available resources and skillsets that can be utilized in and around the hackerspace. Rakkar is also home to 5 organizations:

  • Mindgrep & Metataste, the techies to have arrived here first and incubated this space
  • Hillhacks, community of global hackers to make a local and global impact through knowledge sharing and innovative collaboration in fields of technology, art and life
  • Jagori Grameen gender issues, cultural fusion and organic farming
  • Nishta, an NGO which focuses on healthcare, education and waste management
  • Dharamsala Animal Rescue

Skills, Activities and Interests[edit]

  • Hacking and Making
  • Events
  • Digital cartography and GIS
  • Knowledge discovery and personalization technology (By Mindgre )
  • Web/Mobile development
  • Local empowerment through skill training and knowledge sharing (kids, college students, anyone willing to learn)
  • Carpentary
  • Digital archival of local happenings
  • Waste recycling experiments
  • Support to rural entrepreneurs
  • Film making
  • Eco tourism and sustainable development
  • Mud housing and ecological architecture
  • Excursions in the mountains
  • Chess, music, tea
  • Last but not least: Hacking of the Self and Society

Facilities and Tools[edit]

  • 13 laptops for conducting trainings (Donated by Freaklabs)
  • Broadband WiFI
  • Near 24 hour electricity supply
  • Home cooked meals
  • Unlimited natural drinking water
  • Carpentary tools
  • Pets: 5 inch spiders, praying mantis, glow worms (seasonal), mountain dogs
  • Precision screwdrivers, multi-meter and soldering iron
  • Acoustic guitars
  • Xylophone
  • Drills, saws, measuring tape
  • Laser printer
  • Washing machine for clothes
  • Projector (currently broken, as on 25/11/14
  • Raspberry pies
  • Routers
  • Organic waste pit
  • Farm for farming (starting february)

Other Village resources[edit]

  • Primary school
  • Computer center
  • Nishtha's hospital
  • Grocery shops
  • Tailor
  • Clothes and curtains boutique
  • Fresh dairy product - milk and cow dung
  • Carpentry workshop
  • Local farm produce
  • Mineral water spring

Places nearby[edit]

  • Norbulignka Institute for Tibetan arts and culture[1], Fatehpur (1km)
  • Gyuto Karmapa Monastery[2], Sidhbari (1km)
  • Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development (CORD) [3], Tapovan (3km)
  • McLeod Ganj, Bhagsu and Dharamkot[4] (12km)
  • Sambhaavnaa Institute of Public Policy & Politics and children's learning center [5], Palampur (35km)
  • Andretta Pottery and Crafts Society[6], Palampur (45km)
  • Billing paragliding area, Bir (55km)

Past Events[edit]

  • Jul 13, 2013 - Cryptoparty Dharamshala[7]
  • Nov 8, 2013 - Digital Dhasa meetup number 3
  • Dec 27-30, 2013 - 30C3 Congress Everywhere linked to Chaos Computer Club's 30th annual Congress in Hamburg
  • Dec 27-30, 2013 - Hacked Chess tournament for the local Dharamsala community and visiting friends and hackers
  • Dec 27-29, 2013 - Wikipedia Hackathon with school children and Dharamsala geek community
  • Oct 10-26, 2014 - Hillhacks temporary hackerspaces and conference hall for workshops, talks and sessions around technology, art, society, earth and life
  • Oct 31 - Nov 3, 2014 - Dharamsala International Film Festival To celebrate great independent cinema in the mountains

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