Admin, Apologies if I’m in the wrong thread, please move me if there’s a more relevant one. Thank you, Steve
This is my first public communication on the idea of launching a new hackspace to serve the Chester, West Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales areas.
I have identified, at sensible cost, potential premises on a serviced business centre site in Chester. I am open to making a personal financial commitment and I’m looking for partners; individuals or organisations, who are willing to invest their time and taking a stake - if that’s what they wish to do. My first and very highest priority is to identify like minded individuals who can see the benefit of a hack or maker space for this area which is currently un-served. As far as I am aware the nearest hackspaces are currently Liverpool and Manchester.
My broad thinking is to setup a space that at the least covers its costs by offering interest not limited to, or prioritised by the following key topics or words: creativity, hacking, coding, web dev, computing; Linux, Windows, Mac; raspberry pi, arduino, robotics, drones, 3D printing & modelling, energy (e.g. OpenEnergyMonitor), insulation, solar, wind, EVs, home networking, broadband improvement (e.g. WISP & fibre), home AV, video production, amateur radio & electronics, DIY repairs, tool library, training inc. Wordpress for example and so on.
I see the opportunity for a club type approach where the space is part drop-in desk or bench space, access to test equipment, an interesting lecture programme on the above and other relevant topics, mutual support of members with their projects etc.
I am a member of a long standing local amateur radio club with experience of the challenges in maintaining an interesting programme, membership and finance. In my business life I have current and broad experience of IT, analogue & digital electronics engineering, project management and operating a serviced office as both tenant and landlord.
As I say above this is my first pitch to start to garner interest and as well as reading the ‘start a space’ on this site I am sharing my ideas with others locally although not yet in a formal way.
Is anyone out there interested? If so I very much look forward to hearing from you.