New Member Orientation
This isn't a strict guide, but a conceptual overview:
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:
The goal of this stage is to introduce you to i3 both physically and socially. You will learn such vital information as where to find emergency equipment, making connections with other members, and finding the Wiki (check!). Let's get started!
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 and an invitation to the next stage.
Now that you have access to the CRM and can edit the Wiki it's time to show us your skills! In this phase, you'll update your CRM record, create a page for yourself on the Wiki, and invite yourself to Slack among other things. Let's jump in!
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! Welcome aboard!
Phase 3 (WIP)
Once you have your key, you're officially a member, but....now what? Phase 3 is a list of next-steps that will continue helping you get integrated into the community, but which weren't considered critical enough to require doing them before you get your key.
Phase 3: Right over here at this wiki page: Membership Phase 3
How to pay dues
There's a page for that: HOWTO Pay Dues
Or not, there's always the scholarship program...
How to leave
There's a page for that too!: HOWTO Leave