ThunderBay-Meeting-2010-12-21

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December 21, 2010 Meeting[edit]

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Agenda[edit]

  • Define "why"
  • Define "how"
  • Equipment - deferred
  • Recruitment - deferred
  • Memberships - deferred
  • Name - how do we pick it?
  • Discuss location - deferred
  • To-do
  • Open discussion

Define why we want a hacklab[edit]

  • Educating users and community
  • Community space to share knowledge, space, and resources
  • Researching and developing new innovations/technologies (products and services)
  • Develop grassroots efforts for technology sector
  • To have fun

How: Educating users and community[edit]

  • workshops
  • conferences
  • peer knowledge sharing
  • working with schools
  • consultation
  • project work
  • online content - blogs, videos, podcasts, etc.
  • social media
  • competitions

How: Community space to share knowledge, space, and resources[edit]

  • centralized community space with shared equipment
  • wiki
  • social network - Twitter, Facebook
  • open house night for general community
  • see examples: other hack labs

How: To have fun[edit]

  • parties
  • late night non-criminal hacking sessions
  • events and workshops
  • competitions
  • volunteering
  • belonging to a group

How: Develop grassroots efforts for technology sector[edit]

  • Communicating new innovations to media and community
  • Lab space for researchers that are no longer tied to educational facilities
  • Education

How: R&D innovations and technologies[edit]

  • Members bringing ideas from concept to prototype
  • intentional and unintentional discoveries

Next Steps[edit]

  • Develop an outline presentation to market the space
  • Decide on name - vote online?
  • Next meeting: January 4th, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

Other things talked about[edit]

Recruitment[edit]

  • 8 people interested in full memberships
  • 1 person interested in partial membership

Memberships[edit]

Full[edit]

Partial[edit]

Location[edit]

Centre for Change[edit]

  • Video: [1]
  • need pricing for lab space
  • risky - up-front costs potentially high (rent, insurance, security, etc.)
  • need to talk to Sandi - we need list of questions

Innovation Centre[edit]

  • need pricing for lab space

Questions to ask potential landlords[edit]

  • pricing for space
  • security
  • restrictions
  • insurance needs
  • common area costs
  • noise issues?
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