Moving Day PT II. Welcome to i3 version II.0

As most of you are aware, i3Detroit relocated to the new 8,000sq’ facility this past weekend.  Some were there to help, and others well..  For those who missed out, I composed this short documentary of what happened this past saturday.

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i3Detroit V1.0 to V2.0 from Nathan Warnick on Vimeo.

The audio in this clip is licensed under creative commons sample alike, and is Maya (Ground and Sky Mix) by Sharp.

Moving Day Pt I.

Ever move a Piano?  Well today we did, and at the joy of 9am.
Dedicated hackers got a truck and moved 1,500sq’ of hackerspace from Royal Oak, down aprox 2 miles to the new 8,000 sq’ facility in Ferndale.  First item of the day, the wondrous player piano.  Weighing in somewhere around 600lbs, the beast was rolled out on its heavy duty casters, dragged onto the truck lift and rolled on in.

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Moving Day Pt I. from Nathan Warnick on Vimeo.

Boxes boxes boxes!

Boxes Boxes  boxes!  This Saturday i3 will be packing the space into many boxes, if you have boxes bring them.  We need boxes to prepare to relocate i3 Detroit in the upcoming weeks.

We will start taking down the decorations and equipment to pack everything into easy movable boxes.  Then, within the next couple weeks, transport to the new 8,000 sq/ft facility located in Ferndale.

The new facility will be a place where robots roam free. Grazing among the vast plains of creativity, co-existing in relative dimension and space, while engineers modify and perfect their power wheels racers.

If you don’t have any boxes, pledging to our kickstarter will help us cover our deposit and bring you the tools and community to your backyard.

Look out for a massive open house and party in May but feel free to stop by at anytime to see the progress and potential of this new space.

Respect the Past, Examine the Present, Build the Future – Nick Farr

I just finished reading an interesting article written by Nick Farr that discusses examining the now and future of hackerspaces. He brings up some good points in how we look at hackerspaces and the differences of them being non-profit vs. for profit. I thought i would share thinking others might find this read interesting.

“Even the idea of a Hackerspaces as a benevolent collectives is worth challenging. As Hackers struggle to find work in the global downturn, why shouldn’t we have patently for-profit hackerspaces? The idea may be initially offensive, but what better way of getting towards a future where soldering irons are as normal in bars and coffee shops as pencils and moleskines are today? Instead of discounting the for-profit idea and other efforts to expand Hackerspaces as a concept, we should be encouraging and participating in such efforts. The global economy being what it is, who wouldn’t support some entrepreneurial hackers with their local parts store and coffee shop?”

For the full read go Here!

Support The Two Hands Project

Our Friend Bilal from The Two Hands Project is heading out for a month to film the hackerspaces of America to put together a documentary film. Bilal has been working hard to pull together a team and the funds for the project. The goal is to use Jet Blues $599.00 promotion to travel to all the different spaces. The promotion ends tonight at 10:00 P.M ET and he still needs to raise $300. Let’s Help Bilal by retweeting this to everyone that we know. If you can help by donating, twittering, emailing etc… to spread the word and to help get donations he would greatly appreciate it. Every Dollar donated counts and time is running out!

Here is more information about the project from the website:

We will be documenting the projects they make, and recording the change inducing social movement that’s spreading across the USA. Maker/Hackerspaces come in all sorts of packages and flavors, each with it’s own quirks. Let’s figure out how they tick, what goes on in them, why they are important for the philosophical and economical reasons. And perhaps through this movie inspire people to start their own space, or at least build something awesome.

You can follow Bilal and The Two Hands Project for further updates and information.

Here are a few things Bilal is offering for donations:

  1. A 50 Dollar sponsor gets a Two Hands t-shirt and a mention in the credits
  2. 100 Dollar sponsor gets a shirt and a link from the sponsors page
  3. 150 Dollars gives you a logo on the sponsors page along with the above
  4. 300 Dollar sponsor gets the above and your logo printed on the back of the sponsored shirt
  5. 600+ will put you into the magical realm of being a producer logo at the start of the movie along with the above, and a special hug/backscratch from me.

To Donate go Here