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Core Concept:

i3Detroit is a collaborative environment for people to explore the new applications of art and technology. We feel the best way to create this culture is to bring together like-minded people who share a common passion for making with a wide range of technical and artistic skills. The i3 stands for Imagine, Innovate, & Inspire. Our goal is to stay a community resource through continuous hosting of various classes and events in an environment that promotes learning in a fun non-traditional format.

The organization is run by its members, who hold volunteer positions as officers, zone wardens, and directors of the board. We are proud to be one of the most influential hackerspaces in the region, yet still run entirely by the membership with no paid staff.

Founding members worked together to create a set of bylaws and standing rules that all members and supporters follow, and improve by vote as necessary.

i3Detroit is continually working with other hackerspaces and community organizations to work on projects, events, and educational opportunities.

How we fund the project?

We fund the project through our membership dues, sponsorship, fundraisers and donations. We put our funds toward paying for tools, events and classes, as well as maintaining, and upgrading our facilities. Our yearly budget is formed by requests from the membership to the treasurer, and budget items are approved at the discretion of the board of directors.


  1. Build and maintain physical spaces suitable for technical, art, and social collaboration.
  2. Collaborate on all forms of technology, art, and culture in new and interesting ways.
  3. Apply the results of its work to specific cultural, charitable, and scientific causes.
  4. Freely share its research and discoveries, using what is learned to teach others.
  5. Recruit and develop talented members dedicated to these purposes.

i3Detroit has 501c3 status which allows us to receive tax-deductible donations to help fund our operation.

Point 4. of our Mission Statement says that i3Detroit will freely share its research and discoveries, using what is learned to teach others.

In general, our licensing policy guarantees this mission point as well as ensuring that i3Detroit remains compliant with the spirit and letter of the law for 501c3 exempt non-profit organizations.


Our licensing policy is considered a part of our policy because the emphasis of the policy is to encourage global collaboration. All contributions and content produced by i3Detroit are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. For attribution purposes, we ask that you link back to the relevant content on i3detroit.com and give credit to content creators, where applicable.

Our Inspirations

i3Detroit has been inspired by the many Hackerspaces that have been created through out the globe such as Noisebridge, NYC Resistor, Cowtown Computer Congress and Pumping Station: One. Some or All of information found in this site has been modified and borrowed from HacDC & TCOH.