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We need to construct a workshop with tools and equipment, plus create a kids program and business incubator for moms.

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Update, 11/7: The love keeps flowing: New Stretch Goal and SCHOLARSHIP PRIZES!

At our original goal of $10,000, we had underasked to avoid falling short and losing all funding, per Kickstarter policy. NEW GOAL: $6,850 in our 10 final days. Why this figure? Scroll down to see that $16,850 is the original total in our "Reality Check" description. This last chunk will help us not cut corners on construction, buy more equipment and create great Hacker Sprouts classes like Zetta Tech Science's Toddler Tech class. 

 So please post on Facebook and Twitter (most donations come from there) and tell your parent friends across the country. Here's yesterday's Wired.com article about HackerMoms to send out, too! 

Future salesmen and best friends, Noah and Breccan
Future salesmen and best friends, Noah and Breccan

New Prizes 

Be rewarded with service, sponsorship and scholarship instead of cool stuff. Thank you to Sage Vann of Seattle for sending in this wonderful idea.

  • $75 Scholarship: Distant supporters can sponsor a local for 2 free workshops. Locals can attend 2 free workshops. 
  •  $150 Scholarship: Distant supporters can sponsor a local, eligible HackerMom for one month of free membership. Locals are eligible for one month of free membership. 
  •  $300 Scholarship: Distant supporters can sponsor a local, eligible HackerMom for 3 months of free membership. Locals are eligible for three months of free membership. 
  •  $750 Scholarship: Distant supporters can sponsor a local, eligible HackerMom for 6 months of free membership and her child(ren) for 2 Hacker Sprouts classes. Locals are eligible for 6 months of free membership and 2 Hacker Sprouts classes. 
  •  $1,500 Scholarship: Distant supporters can sponsor a local, eligible HackerMom for 1 year of free membership and her child(ren) for 3 Hacker Sprouts classes, or an annual family membership to the Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, MOCHA, or a local zoo or museum. Locals are eligible for 1 year of free membership, 3 Hacker Sprouts classes, or an annual family membership to the Lawrence Hall of Science, Exploratorium, MOCHA, or a local zoo or museum of your choice.

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Hackerspace: A collaborative space where do-it-your-selfers share tools, intelligence and community. There are 1,000+ hackerspaces across the world. Mothership HackerMoms is the first dedicated women’s hackerspace.

Why a hackerspace for moms?

We are a new kind of playground and workspace for creative mothers. Fun to us is not mani-pedis, but making, breaking, learning and hacking our bright ideas. HackerMoms model active creative lives for our kids who learn, explore and create as mini-makers alongside us. We offer members daily childcare. We also welcome dads.

We started our non-profit organization in April 2012 because traditional hackerspaces don’t really have safe spaces for babies and young children - or, consequently, their mothers. Our mission is to give creative moms the time and space to explore DIY craft and design, hacker/maker culture, entrepreneurship, and all manner of creative expression - with childcare. Mothers sometimes need a room of their own! Learn more about who we are and our philosophy at http://mothership.hackermoms.org/. In a word, it's...

Daughters Lucy and Scarlett use their magic "femomist" wand in our Kickstarter video!
Daughters Lucy and Scarlett use their magic "femomist" wand in our Kickstarter video!

Help HackerMoms Grow.

We’ve been in our 1,000 square foot space for 6 months now - long enough to know that we must build out the workspace, equipment selection and programs in order to keep growing. The 350 square foot childcare room was soundproofed and furnished first. Our Kickstarter goal of $10,000 will pay for tools, equipment and renovations for the remaining 650 square foot adult space that accommodates 20+ members. Here is our space:

HackerMoms and babes in the flesh. With your help, this main room will become an efficient workshop with workstations.
HackerMoms and babes in the flesh. With your help, this main room will become an efficient workshop with workstations.

As you can see, we currently have a co-working and communal space (behind us are two 6-foot collapsible tables), but we lack individual workspaces. Our goal is renovation. Our strategy is to tackle this like a NYC apartment, with ingenuity, Ikea and a CNC machine. We will convert the majority of the main space half into a workshop and half into workstations. The front will remain a communal living room/nursing area. The tiny back office will turn into a quiet computer room. The storage loft above our heads will be ladder-accessible and hidden by a curtain.  

The Breakdown in Dollars 

Here is the complete wishlist with estimates. Totals are at the end.

Tools and Equipment = estimated $8,750

  • Smaller power tools for wood/metal/leather/jewelry/textiles - $1,000 
  • Secondhand industrial textile printer - $3,000 (new is $6,000) 
  • Large-format scanner - $2,400 
  • Office printer - $300 
  • Video camera + equipment - $600 
  • Serger - $300 
  • Sewing machine - $200 
  • Soldering/Arduino/electronics kits - $500 
  • Repairs for Juki industrial sewing machine - $300 
  • Utility sink to replace bathroom sink + plumber - $150 

Main Room - Workshop along one wall = estimated $1,850 

  • Lumber and materials for 4 DIY rolling workbenches - $500   
  • Cabinet for safe storage of power tools - $600 
  • Track shelving or Metro shelving system with closed cabinets - $500
  • 3 Wall mounted Pegboard cabinets for hand tools - $600 

Main Room - Workstations along other wall = estimated $1550 

  • Lumber and materials for 3-4 DIY rolling privacy cubicle screens - $150 
  • 2 tilting Drafting/drawing tables - $500 
  • 3 wall-mounted dropdown desks- $400 
  •  Track shelving or Metro shelving system with closed cabinets - $500  

Small back Office - Quiet computer room = estimated $1250-1650 

  • Temporary ceiling for noise control, possibly of heavy fabric ($150) or framed foam ($500) 
  •  Lighting - $50 
  • 3 Library carrel-like desks with mounted privacy separators - $200 
  • Filing cabinets - $100 
  • Member storage in lockers or cupboards - $500 
  • Track shelving or Metro shelving system with closed cabinets - $300 

Communal living room/nursing area at entrance = estimated $700

  • Bookcases with cabinets that act as library, supplies storage and room dividers - $500 
  • Display case and shelving for a corner selling space - $200 
Loft storage space = estimated $350 
  • Telescoping Ladder - $150 
  • Safety hand rails - $50 
  • Simple pully system - $50 
  • Install curtain to hide storage - $100 

Community Outreach and Kids Programs

Outside of nuts and bolts, we’d like to allot up to $2,000 towards program development. Our vision is to add more robust offerings in the areas of children, charity and independent businesses in addition to current programs for art/craft techniques, personal growth and practical parenting. 

After equipment and renovation, your dollars will hire teachers to introduce young kids to STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, math) in our new Hacker Sprouts program. We also want to foster a business incubator for the many women who shift careers after children with hired experts and speakers. Anything more will go towards helping needy moms and families as part of our "mom rescue" philosophy.

Renovation = $6,100 

Equipment = $8,750
Program development = $2,000 

TOTAL ESTIMATE = $16,850 

Reality Check 

At $10,000, we've underasked to avoid falling short of the goal and losing all funding, per Kickstarter policy. We hope that with your help, we will outperform our goal. Also HackerMoms are a scrappy group that reuses and recycles from salvage yards, craigslist and flea markets whenever possible. We’ll find many things on the cheap, and budget for what we can’t rescue or make ourselves. We run HackerMoms like our own households. Every penny will be put to good use. 

 

Mama Thanks You

You can help HackerMoms build a strong foundation for the future. Equipment selection, space to work and viable programs are as crucial to a growing membership as childcare. Each of us thanks you for your heartfelt support, be it in dollars, praise, press, prayers or all of the above. Please stay in touch! 

Hackerspace: 3288 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703 
Web: mothership.hackermoms.org
Email: info@hackermoms.org

Social: www.facebook.com/MothershipHackerMoms & twitter.com/hackermoms

Risks and challenges

The great risk we face is simply that we're the first women's hackerspace and we don't want to be the last. HackerMoms has created a landmark, one that could be repeated in every country. As a nonprofit hackerspace run by professional women, for mothers, to the benefit of families, we are a unique business model. With the support of an international network of hackerspaces, one of the most influential indie movements today, we hope to someday add many more HackerMom spaces to this rapidly growing community. But our first goal is to establish ourselves with permanent roots. POWER TO THE MOTHERS!

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