New Membership FAQ

Do I have to be a member to use the space?

i3 Detroit is open to anyone to drop by and take a look around. Non-members are welcome to come by and work on projects. To use space for personal projects or consume resources, you are kindly asked to become a member.

How does one become a member? What is the cost of membership? How does one get a key?

All members will have access to the space whenever they feel like. Please check out i3 Detroit Membership for instructions on how to become a member. Membership dues are $100 per month. We’re funded entirely by dues and donations, so we encourage everyone to be a regular member if they can afford it. Of course you can always donate additional funds if you’re so inclined!

What resources will members have access to?

  • Access to the space.
  • Allowed use of any shared resources & tools within the space.
  • Ability to hold events in the space for other members or non-members.
  • Participation in consensus decision making about issues and matters dealing with the space during our weekly meetings.
  • Storage in space for personal projects and tools.

Do I have to be a member to attend classes or workshops?

No, classes and workshops are open to anyone who receives an invite or announce about it. Check out the Mailinglist page for information on how to join our announce list.

How can I pay my membership dues?

You Can pay your monthly membership dues in any number of ways, including PayPal (which allows paying from a bank account or credit card), writing a check to “i3 Detroit”, or giving cash.

Are membership dues tax deductible?

No, but donations (in excess of dues) will be once we have a 501(c)(3) status!

Questions about i3 Detroit

When will i3 Detroit be open?

Our space (Once we have a space)  will be open 24/7 to good standing members. Non-members are allowed to visit the space while another member is willing to accompany them.

Can I keep active projects in the space?

Yes! Good standing members will be allowed to keep projects and personal items within project boxes.

What happens if I bring my tools into the space?

Members will be allowed to keep personal tools and items within project boxes, which will be kept separate from donated tools and items. Tools given to the space (not kept within project boxes) will be considered to be a donation to the “501c3 nonprofit”, accessible to any member at any time. Donations are not returnable or refundable.

How do (junk) donations work?

Only good standing members are allowed to donate items to the space (as to minimize clutter and junk accumulation). If you’re not a member and have something big to donate please speak with a member to cosign on the donation.

How can I donate to i3 Detroit?

You can donate to i3 Detroit in any number of ways, including PayPal (which allows paying from a bank account or credit card), writing a check to “i3 Detroit”, or giving cash.

Are donations to i3 Detroit tax deductible?

Currently No! i3 Detroit hopes to apply for our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Once we are approved for our tax exempt status, all donations to i3 Detroit will be tax deductible. (However, dues are not deductible due to IRS rules.)

i3 Detroit is now searching for Members

i3 Detroit aims to create a collaborative environment for people to explore the balance between technology, art and culture. We feel the best way to create this environment is to bring like mind people together that share a common passion for technology, art and culture.

The community will be run by it’s members through voting. All founding members will work together to create a set of by-laws that all members and non-members will be required to follow. The goal is to provide a safe and fun community environment.

We hope to become a community resource by hosting various classes including but not limited to electronics, programming, crafts, Photography, cooking and all other skills that members or others are willing to share. We want to create an environment that promotes learning in a fun non-traditional format.

As the collective grows we hope to build relationships with other Hacker Spaces that are willing to collaborate on projects and classes.

What does i3 stand for: Imagine, Innovate & Inspire

So what do you think? Does this sound like something you may be interested in? If so contact me


i3 Detroit would like to Thank Everyone that has and is willing to support our community and efforts, so Thank You!

i3 Detroit would like to Thank our Current Sponsors:

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i3 Detroit’s Membership Information:

i3 Detroit is a collective of community makers, thinkers, artists, crafters, coders, believers and doers. We run as a cooperative to collaborate on all forms of technology, art & culture in new and interesting ways. Our goal is to continue to provide a physical community space with shared tools, resources and knowledge.

We are able to make this happen by having supporters and members who help us pay the rent, keep the utilities on and through teaching classes to both our members and community.

Each member is expected to help maintain the space, recruit new members and to “Be excellent to each other”.

Hours of operation:

24/7 for all paying/keyed members in good standing.

Each member that gets unlimited 24/7 access to the space will be provided with an RFID key and a pin code to allow you access to the space. If you lose your key it will cost $5 to replace it.

Who should join

Are we the right place for you? There are several other hackerspaces/makerspaces in the area, and it’s important to find the right fit! i3Detroit has a lot of capabilities but also expects a strong commitment in return. Our dues are kept low because members share the work of upkeep — if you’re proud to help, please keep reading!

Are you the right person for us? Take a look at i3Detroit’s Vision and make sure you understand why each of those things is important. If you’re not sure yet, come as a guest a few more times, talk to more members, and get a sense of how the community operates.

How to join

So, you’ve visited the space a few times and you can’t wait to take the plunge? Sweet!

First, teach yourself what you need to know to be a member! Yes, teach yourself – it’s a DIY group, after all.

We’ve set up a sort of “scavenger hunt” or “experience quest” to guide you on this process. By finding the answers to these questions, you’ll familiarize yourself with the space, the organization, the people, and the internal systems that tie it all together.

Expect to spend 5-6 hours and visit the space 2-3 times in order to complete the quest. Take your time and read carefully! Skim both of the following forms, then begin working on phase 1:

Once you’ve submitted that, the results will be processed by a volunteer, which may take several days. (If you don’t hear anything in a week or so, email membership@ and check.) If your responses look sensible, we’ll create some accounts for you, and you’ll get a handful of emails about various logins which will enable you to perform the tasks in phase 2:

If your phase-2 responses look good, we’ll make an appointment to do the last steps, set up your dues payments, and make you a key. After that, you’ll be a member!

Paying dues

Membership at i3Detroit is $49/month


Payment Options:

Recurring One-time
Membership $49/mo

Buy 11 months and we’ll give you the 12th free!

On the checkout page, you may choose whether to pay with your Amazon account, PayPal account, or credit card (processed by PayPal).