I’ve been fiddling with this as I have a sick child and this is quite key to our ability to onboard other organisations.
I have made a couple of changes from the document as it stands in the Foundation repo - THESE ARE NOT WRITTEN IN STONE, feel free to argue with me - I started fiddling with it then realised I should be documenting my thoughts and running them past the rest you.
- I’ve added more potential names for a hackspace into the introductory paragraph
- I’ve changed workspace to workshop - does a big empty room in any way fill the requirements for being a hackspace? And how does that really differ from a community hall?
- I’ve changed the number of members required on the board to 3, as we had discussions on Telegram about the inherent instability of an evenly numbered board.
Changes I’d like to make:
- STEAM requirement - I’m not sure this is actually relevant, the space itself needed do any proper educational work to be considered a hackspace
- Reprase the line which states that any space regardless of its name may be considered a hackspace if it fulfils the definiation of a hackspace - it doesn’t scan properly at the moment
- Add a line about how sharing your shed with people doesn’t make a hackspace and one about spaces that are for the community but are not directly run by it to make that really clear.
A hackspace (also known as Hackerspace, Makerspace, arts and crafts club for the digital world, Maker Lab, Hack Lab etc) is a member run and community operated workshop, where people with similar interests can meet, socialize and collaborate. See hackerspace on Wikipedia.
- The UK Hackspace Foundation considers an organisation a Hackspace, and thus eligible to join as a Member Space, if it:
- is member owned and operated,
- is an unincorporated or incorporated association,
- If incorporated, then it must be not-for-profit / non-profit
- is based in the UK,
- has a primary object of providing a shared workshop to its members,
- has a bank account,
- has ten or more members,
- has a democratically elected board of at least 3 members,
- conducts its business by allowing each member over 16 one vote,
- fosters a tolerent and inclusive community (see Code of Conduct),
- encourages engagement with, and opening to, the public,
- describes itself, or its activities, as a Hackspace (not necessary in the name or title of the group/business),
- is supportive of ‘STEAM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
- Conformance to these criteria is judged by the Foundation’s board
Examples of organisations that would not meet this criteria include spaces that are:
- solely used as a rentable, accessible workshop with paid access
- mainly a private club, group or clique (with the exception of membership being a gateway to regular access)