This page tries to answer the most common questions one could have regarding this project. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to send an email to info_AT_hackerspace_DOT_lu.
What is a Hackerspace?
A Hackerspace is simply put a Space for Hackers. It is a place where people interesting in technology can meet, socialise, talk and collaboratively work on projects.
A hackerspace or hackspace (from Hacker and Space) is a real (as opposed to virtual) place where people with common interests, usually in science, technology, or digital- or electronic art can meet, socialize and collaborate. (wikipedia:Hackerspace)
The LABOR is dynamic. Its structures are not set. It is also up to you what's happening in and with the Labor. You want to change something or do it better? Do you want to try technology or learn something about its uses? Maybe you just want to meet new people who share your interest? Go ahead! Just come over and participate - the LABOR grows with you! (http://www.das-labor.org/about.html)
What is a Hacker?
First of all: A hack or a hacker can be many different things!
If you're not familiar with the Tech Model Railroad Club at MIT story, look it up Long Story short:
1963: The first recorded reference to hackers in the computer sense is made in The Tech (MIT Student Magazine). [...] The modern, computer-related use of the term is considered likely rooted in the goings on at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the 1960s, long before computers became common; the word "hack" was local slang which had a large number of related meanings. One was a simple, but often inelegant, solution to a problem. It also meant any clever prank perpetrated by MIT students; logically the perpetrator was a hacker. To this day the terms hack and hacker are used in several ways at MIT, without necessarily referring to computers. (en.wikipedia)
The term used to refer to someone skilled in the use of computer systems, especially if that skill was obtained in an exploratory way. The term evolved to be applied to individuals, with or without skill, who break into security systems.
It is hard to write a simple definition of something as varied as hacking, but I think what these activities have in common is playfulness, cleverness, and exploration. Thus, hacking means exploring the limits of what is possible, in a spirit of playful cleverness. Activities that display playful cleverness have "hack value". (Richard Stallman: On Hacking)
Popular Hackers include:
- Steve Wozniak (apple/Homebrew Computer Club)
- Linux Torvalds (linux)
- John T. Draper (Capt'n Crunch)
Who are you guys?
We are a bunch of IT-professionals, students, hobbyists, artists, graphic designers and OpenSource users who wish to get together in order to explore technology and its possibilities.
What do you plan on doing?
We'd like to offer people ressources like space and infrastructure, that they need, but could hardly afford if they were alone. Some hardware that is required to do these things (like rfid readers, professional soldering apparatus, audiovisual apparatus, 3D-Printers etc...) are simply too expensive for a single person to buy and maintain.
Together we can then work on tons of Projects.
How can I become a member or support your association?
Please refer to the Association page to learn about the means of becoming a regular or donating member.
€4 of every shirt you buy will go into our account.
Sponsorships are also very welcome. In such a case, please contact us be sending an email to office_AT_hackerspace_DOT_lu
Where can I find more Information?
- We're currently working on a document describing our intermediate and long-term goals as well as the way of achieving it: Concept-Document
- Then there's the text that started it all: LetterForFeedback
- The first glossy info-folder that went to government and art people: Info-Folder
- We're regularly presenting our ideas and projects. All of the different presentation go here: Presentation