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Update #11

A phenomenal 2013 for HackerMoms

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It's been a helluva year since you gave $12,564 to Mothership HackerMoms to kickstart the first women’s hackerspace ever - with childcare, for mothers. Our triple challenge was to construct a tool workshop, business incubator, and a kids program. We’ve done that and more because you believed in us. We'd like to thank you with a photo album of our 2013 year in review - and a preview of 2014. 

We received the 2013 Women in Business Award, plus lots of press when you spread the word about our unique organization.
We received the 2013 Women in Business Award, plus lots of press when you spread the word about our unique organization.

The Tinkering Studio 

We got basic power tools and hand tools to start a small tool cabinet and woodshop. With them, we built 6 rolling workbenches. No more folding tables! Now we feel like a hackerspace. Workshops included Hack Yer Hoodie, Hack Yer Jewelry & eTextiles.
We got basic power tools and hand tools to start a small tool cabinet and woodshop. With them, we built 6 rolling workbenches. No more folding tables! Now we feel like a hackerspace. Workshops included Hack Yer Hoodie, Hack Yer Jewelry & eTextiles.
We also started the Charm School Crew for members interested in street art and murals. We get to use our big Epson industrial printer, our professional screen burner/light box and Juki industrial sewing machine that your funding helped us buy.
We also started the Charm School Crew for members interested in street art and murals. We get to use our big Epson industrial printer, our professional screen burner/light box and Juki industrial sewing machine that your funding helped us buy.
Making a sculpture for the Maker Faire. Baby makes three.
Making a sculpture for the Maker Faire. Baby makes three.

HackerMoms Business Incubator 

Our business incubator offers workshops and programs to support moms in career transition. Sessions like Hacking Self-publishing, Social Media Hand-holding, Moms in Transition: Career & Money, Designing Your Writing Life as a Mom are among our most well-attended by the local community. 

Failure Club is where members meet weekly to write books, invent products, make films, change careers, start businesses, make money and learn new fields together.
Failure Club is where members meet weekly to write books, invent products, make films, change careers, start businesses, make money and learn new fields together.
Our business projects include HeartCar, a HackerMoms collaboration to redesigning the car for moms and kids, and HackerMoms 2.0, an entrepreneurial taskforce.
Our business projects include HeartCar, a HackerMoms collaboration to redesigning the car for moms and kids, and HackerMoms 2.0, an entrepreneurial taskforce.

Hacker Sprouts Kids Program

We added to our mission statement “Our Hacker Sprouts program teaches children the creative process through educational childcare and STEAM-based workshops. HackerMoms creates families that build together.” 

Unique kids workshops included Legos pre-engineering, Digital music/beatboxing/live looping, African Drumming, Ice Cream Science, and most recently, Hour of Code for Computer Science Education Week.
Unique kids workshops included Legos pre-engineering, Digital music/beatboxing/live looping, African Drumming, Ice Cream Science, and most recently, Hour of Code for Computer Science Education Week.
You helped update our tiny 200 sq foot childcare space from a play room to a Montessori-inspired educational space. Toys were replaced with manipulables, puzzles and tools that challenged their minds and motor skills.
You helped update our tiny 200 sq foot childcare space from a play room to a Montessori-inspired educational space. Toys were replaced with manipulables, puzzles and tools that challenged their minds and motor skills.

HackerMoms 2.0

HackerMoms turns 2 years old in 2014! We plan to expand our business incubator for moms and our childcare. That's where we see the greatest struggle for meaningful work, family and identity. We'll change consciousness through Charm School by redesigning the world around us. We'll disrupt the auto industry with a HeartCar design revolution lead by moms and kids. We'll develop our volunteer and internship program to include you, our community, in our growth. If you'd like to continue to support Mothership HackerMoms, please donate here, Paypal a donation to "info@hackermoms.org" and check out membership if you're local. We'd love to hear from you, too. Don't hesitate to send words of encouragement to our all-volunteer organization at info@hackermoms.org. POWER TO THE MOTHERS!

WIth much love and gratitude,

Sho Sho Smith, Founder 

MOTHERSHIP HACKERMOMS

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever." ~Neil Gaiman


Update #10

Meet our frenemies, the Anti-HackerMoms

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Are HackerMoms really exclusionary, reverse sexist, anti-women, anti-men, anti-dad and anti-hackerspace? 8 hours left to tweet/facebook/share/donate your opinions, even with our Anti-HackerMoms friends. We wrote this article where you can read some hate mail excerpts and our responses. http://mothership.hackermoms.org/2012/11/anti-hackermoms-send-hate-mail-hackermoms-respond

In light of such messages, we appreciate your support all the more for seeing the value of Mothership HackerMoms. As the article says, "We wanted to answer these critics with personal stories about why HackerMoms matters and why for members, it’s a matter so close to the heart." Our Kickstarter is racing to a close. Happy Thanksgiving to you. You have made ours a happy one with this happy ending.

Gratefully yours,

Sho Sho Smith, Founder


Update #9

Thank you supporters! We are lucky to have reached you!

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Luck and good fortune have surrounded HackerMoms from day one. We are incredibly thankful to our family, friends and supporters for making our Kickstarter dreams come true. We're in our final 24-hours and we couldn't have made it without you!

Thanks to our video's amazing cast of bad-ass moms, dads and mini makers. I always imagined our Kickstarter as a visual time capsule that marked the beginning of HackerMoms. It was truly a labor of love. It was a collaboration of words and ideas peppered by wine, chocolate and meatball grinders. It was beautifully directed by two brilliant film students (Alise and Greg!) who stumbled by our hackerspace and into our hearts forever. Even our "crying'" baby stars (who were scripted to "happily babble") had fun stuffing our pink donation bra post nap time.

As a founding member, I've witnessed how far Mothership HackerMoms has grown on little more then sweat, determination and ingenuity. Collectively, we've created a haven for women to prosper as artists, makers, hackers, inventors, entrepreneurs and mothers too. HackerMoms are a smart, talented, funny, interesting and eclectic group of women who support each other and inspire me in so many ways. We just welcomed our first HackerDad too. We have become the mythical village that helps raise the entire family. Every mom (or partner) should be so lucky.

With better tools, equipment and programs, your donations help fuel our imaginations and the possibilities are endless. On behalf of Mothership HackerMoms, a million thanks and then some.

Fondly,
Karen Agresti
Director of Marketing & Social Media


Update #8

You are funding our Hacker Sprouts program as we speak!

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There are 54 more hours to tweet/facebook/share/fund HackerMoms! As Director of Education and Community Outreach at Mothership Hackermoms, I get to use my almost two decades worth of experience in teaching and educational programming to change the way in which our own kids approach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning. Like it's older sibling, Hacker Scouts that I started with my husband, Hacker Sprouts has a very specific method based on the developmental needs of it's participants. Hacker Sprouts is designed for 2-7 year olds, who need lots of symbolic or imaginative play, experiences that develop their ability to see alternate points of view, and opportunities to learn autonomy and confidence. Your donations will help purchase materials, hire quality instructors and provide scholarships. Thanks for helping us get to the finish line!

Gratefully yours,

Samantha Matalone Cook, Director of Education and Community Outreach


Update #7

Our Internship Program for Childcare

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I'm Hayden Sims, Operations Director for HackerMoms. Please share/tweet/facebook in our last 8 days! I'm proud that we offer members free weekday childcare in our space. We've done it by developing relationships with the Oakland Unified School District and their Community Immersion Program. The interns are students aged 18-22 whose mild learning obstacles make them unemployable to some. 

But my husband, a therapist, teaches these young adults every day and knows their capabilities and talents when given the chance. HackerMoms offers them onsite job training and Oakland pays wages, with positions that range from junior childcare interns to janitorial service. We believe in them and integrate them into the community. They develop confidence, skills and a resume. We get sponsored childcare for our kids. It's a win-win for both communities.

Thank you for believing in HackerMoms, too. Your pledges will keep this community outreach program thriving.

Gratefully yours,
Hayden Sims

Ps. I'll present more about this and hacker/maker culture at the San Francisco Green Festival tomorrow! Check us out on Women 2.0 and The Maker Mom.


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