Given we’re REALLY GOING FOR IT I think we should put some real effort into outreach at the next hacker/maker event.
In the past we’ve had the HSF stall with the “big map” allowing people to pin where they came from and if they’re a hackspace member / interested in being a hackspace member / not interested in being a hackspace member. The data is really interesting, and we collect email addresses and postcodes on sign-up sheets to be used later - which we never have, but we absolutely should.
Arguably the first big event is CCC Congress in Germany at Christmas, but it’s not UK focussed so I don’t think we should bother, especially because: Christmas.
What is the next “big ish” hacker/maker event in the UK that we can present and, and what should we do? Who’s willing to help?
LAMM (Lancaster/Morecambe) are planning on being at Makerfaire UK next Spring. As Ian already said on Telegram, we’re happy to have the HSF sandwiched between us and another space and suggest a shift/rota of willing people who can help keep the stall occupied.
We had the map two years, first time was in 2013 (following the 2012 MFUK gap year) we had it again in 2014. There has been no UKHF table at the 2015 or 2016 MFUKs.
Originally we took data from people (postcodes even) with the idea of setting up a system whereby people that we interested in going to a hackspace got informed of their local one, and people that were interested in setting one up got pooled with other locals interested in doing so, like an introduction service, in spite of high ideals this didn’t happen.
One year or both, we had different colour pins, the colours meant, member of a hackspace and interested in a hackspace. I expect someone like Barney has pictures of this.
They’re normally very good to us, so if we approach Graham (?) saying we want little more than a few tables and a power socket they might fit us in. Given they seem to have less makers every year I can’t imagine it’ll be a problem.
@russ and I will be arriving on Friday night. I’ll get in touch with Graham tomorrow and see if he can fit us in, otherwise I’ll see if Jake can sort us some flyers at late notice. We might still have some kicking around actually.