Hackerspaces Meetup/2009

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An attempt to get multiple hackerspaces in the same place at the same time. Think Maker Faire meets hackercon. Want to see projects, presentations on individual hackerspaces, cool hacks, hackerspace problem/solution talks, HOW-TOs, workshops, etc.

  • Open to the public
    • No harm in inspiring new spaces.
  • Free


2009 September 18 - 2009 September 20

Hotel Info

Huntsville Marriott located adjacent to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center - more details coming on pricing a room code.

  • 5 Tranquility Base
  • Huntsville, Alabama 35805 USA
  • Phone: 1-256-830-2222
  • Fax: 1-256-895-0904
  • Sales: 1-256-830-2222
  • Sales fax: 1-256-830-1336

Room rate is $85/night if you book the room under "makers meetup"


  • Friday
    • Check in
    • Get Dinner
    • Check out the shop
    • Probably party.
  • Saturday
    • Opening remarks
      • We are a 501c3 please don't use our network for illegal activity.
      • Contests we are going to have.
      • Have fun!!!
    • Open talks
      • Talks will be how ever long you want. Just sign up on the white board.
    • MudFlap from Hacker Consortium will be deep frying a Turkey.
    • Next year Con discussion.
      •  ????
    • Closing Ceremonies
      • Contest winners.
      •  ????
    • Dinner we have been thinking Souther style, but who knows.
    • PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Sunday
    • Checkout
    • Breakfast if anyone is alive.

Time Event Location
20:00 Meet and Greet Hotel Lobby
9:30 10:00 Opening Speech Shop
10:00-13:00 Open for Presentation/Talks Shop
13:00-14:00 MudFlap is cooking lunch for all Shop
14:00-18:00 Open for Presentation/Talks Shop
18:00-19:00 Discussion of the possibilities of a Con next year. Shop
19:00-20:00 Closing ceremonies Shop
20:00-21:00 Dinner Anywhere or bring back to shop
21:00-?? Party!!! Shop
11:00 Breakfast Cracker Barrel, Waffle House, IHOP..ect

Attending Hackerspaces

  • Makers Local 256, Huntsville, AL
  • Freeside, Atlanta, GA
  • Hacker Consortium, Nashville, TN
  • Cowtown Computer Congress, Kansas City, KS
  • Hak-it, Indiantown, FL
  • ibt, Gainesville, FL
  • Tx/Rx Labs, Houston, TX
  • foulabs, Montreal, Quebec, CA


  • Perhaps try and get a discounted rate or free access to the Space & Rocket Center. [DONE!]
  • Possible schwag being something hackable.
    • Definitely want the schwag to be useful.
    • strages and nykodemus are working on badges
  • Do we all like the name "metaspace"? Or "the metaspace con"? [DONE! metaspac.es is bought... website coming soon]

Ideas for Events

  • Makeshop overnight "camp-in" at 403 Brown Street
    • This is something I have been wanting to do for a while. We would have to come up with a project that would be amazing. Then plan it out so we know how much time and money it would take. Might be something to discuss with other groups and see what they think. --Jimshoe 09:57, 3 August 2009 (CDT)
      • I think the people at 403 Brown Street aren't going to be cool with this. Omegix 16:46, 14 September 2009 (CDT)
  • 2-hour make-a-thon, 6-hour make-a-thon
    • Maybe we build a bartender robot? A Barbot? -MrWorld
    • Will materials be gathered ahead of time, or during the meetup? -MrWorld
  • Panel discussions on overcoming various hackerspace problems
  • Hackerspace show-n-tell
  • Maybe arrange a live feed from BruCon_2009 and vice versa. -- [via hackerspaces.org] 04:41, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Maybe a how-to on setting up semantic mediawiki, explanation of use, and a linkup that follows. --strages 15:04, 4 August 2009 (CDT)
    • Perhaps a how-to on setting up for the federation talked about in a recent hackerspaces.org thread. --Brimstone 15:17, 4 August 2009 (CDT)
  • MrWorld and the screen printing students can make con schwag for attendees, or the attendees can pull the screens themselves. -MrWorld 13:00, 11 August 2009 (CDT)
    • print tshirts or badges with ARG-objects on front? Would need prototyping, but hypothetically possible
  • Shitty Movie Night with an irc channel visible in the bottom of the screen for live riffing. -MrWorld 13:00, 11 August 2009 (CDT)
  • A scheduled time-slot for other shops to present their projects
  • Can we have an official schedule of events? I'm afraid it looks like we're not up to much, and we're asking people to travel a long way when there won't be much going on, judging from the official schedule and what we've released so far.