Infinity

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Infinity
Infinity logo.png
Status active
Country India

State or District

Himachal Pradesh

City Dharamsala

Date of founding

2012/07/16

Last Updated 2014-04-02
Website

IRC

irc://irc.freenode.net/#ghoomakad

Phone

7831941353, 9882883272

E-mail

ayush.ghai@mindgrep.com

Snail mail

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

Number of members

10 and flowing"andflowing" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.

Membership fee

If you want to work from the hackspace, there is a contribution of Rs. 3000 per month. Residency program in the compound, including internet/living/food, is for Rs. 20000 per month. For homestays in the local village families, visit www.ghoomakad.im For people who contribute to our ongoing projects(profit/not-for-profit), the fee, if not completely waived off, is made no-profit/subsidized.

Size of rooms

42m²

Members

Open to Exchanges?

yes

Open to Residencies?

yes

Location 32° 11' 54.6684", 76° 22' 1.092"
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Infinity (stands for the 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.

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 technical skills to schoolchildren
  • Waste management and village cleanup
  • Organic farming
  • 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 3 organizations:

  • Mindgrep, the technology and design family operating this hackbase and running its residency program
  • Jagori Grameen, an NGO which focuses on gender issues
  • Nishta, an NGO which focuses or rural development and healthcare

Skills, Activities and Interests[edit]

  • Rakkar waste cleanup and recycling experiments
  • Preservation of irrigation channels of Rakkar and lobbying with government
  • Making video interviews of local villagers
  • Technology and Design
  • Digital cartography and GIS
  • Open source technologies
  • Modern Browser technologies
  • Search and discovery engines
  • Drawing knowledge from large amounts of information (in our products)
  • UX/UI Design
  • Web and mobile application development
  • Rural education and literacy
  • Rural entrepreneurship
  • Digital data archival, citizen journalism
  • Theatre and film making
  • Music and dance
  • Eco tourism and sustainable development
  • Mud housing and ecological architecture
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Carpentry
  • Organic farming
  • Trekking, rock climbing, yoga, physical exercise
  • Chess
  • Philosophy

Facilities and Tools[edit]

  • Broadband WiFI
  • Near 24 hour electricity supply
  • Home cooked meals
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Pets: 5 inch spiders, praying mantis, glow worms (seasonal), mountain dogs
  • Precision screwdrivers, multi-meter and soldering iron
  • Acoustic guitars

Village resources[edit]

  • Primary school
  • 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

Wishlist[edit]

  • Laser cutter
  • Books
  • 3D printer
  • Arduino boards

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)

Events[edit]

  • Jul 13, 2013 - Cryptoparty Dharamshala[7]
  • Nov 8, 2013 - Digital Dhasa meetup #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
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