The hackerspace is a real physical space that we all can use. It will have a fabrication shop with wood and metal work equipment, an electronics lab and a classroom where presentations can be made. It will have storage for community projects and be a place for community meetings. It will be a hub of inspired creativity, entrepreneurialism, and learning in our community. A hackerspace is a template for creativity, a blank page where all the tools and supplies are provided to fabricate an idea in any medium or dimension.
Organization and Planning Meetings:
We hold meetings every Tuesday at 7 PM in the YES community building, next to the Baca Grande Public Library on Road T in Crestone, CO. We meet here to plan events and organize. The first major milestone is to raise funds for the future facilities and equipment needed to realize a full-fledged maker workshop & hackerspace.
We will be reaching out to our community schools to try and foster relationships with teacher and students, to promote our goals. In the long term, we envision this hackerspace as a supplement to local schools by providing technical education and a location for pre-engineering workshops.
About the word “Hack”:
In this context, we use the word generally to mean: “An ingenious solution to a complex program” -or- “Hacking might be characterized as ‘an appropriate application of ingenuity.'”
Hacking is only designing, building, and DIYing. Hacking can be anything from woodworking to programming, to making a circuit, and most of all it's about fun and getting your hands dirty.
A common misconception: This group does not encourage a more frequent use of the word which is gaining unauthorized access to a computer system with malicious intent. A hacker can choose to do bad things; however, this does not mean all those that hack are bad.