You may have heard of it, but never asked about it. We are i3 Detroit...part of the Maker/Hackerspace movement.
What is a Hackerspace, you ask? We are students of technology and teachers of trades. We are your next door neighbor, your co-worker, the person standing in line behind you at the grocery store. Some of us love to teach and all of us love to learn. Some of us geek it out over computers, paint on canvas, build robots, draw cell phone art, or make circuit boards.
What do we do? We build things, we take things apart. We learn everything we can, and teach anyone who's interested. We circumvent limitations. We think outside the box, and encourage others to do the same. We work together to pool resources and provide an environment with tools and materials and energy that none of us had on our own. We offer classes, workshops, and an open shop for anyone to use.
We've proven that we're good at this.
We moved into our building back in September 2009. We spent lots of our personal money (and blood, sweat, and tears) on paint, lumber, tools, and supplies to renovate the building and create a community workshop. For several months, things were great. We taught a bunch of classes, met a ton of interesting people, and took on some big projects.
But then we hit a snag. The city has required that certain preexisting items in our building be brought up to code. Things the previous tenant got away with -- apparently notoriety has a cost! The price tag for those renovations is simply untenable. And at the same time, we have simply outgrown our space.
It is time to move to a bigger space. But we don't have the cash to do it all over again -- a new space means a new down payment, another build-out -- money we pulled from personal savings the first time around.
We can make it, with your help.
Your money will go towards paint, lumber, flooring, drywall, and even nails and screws. It will help us build mobile tables and electronics benches. It will help us expand our craft area and create more classrooms. It will give us the raw materials to physically build our vision of a better community for all.
We need your help so that we can continue doing projects, offering tools, and teaching everyone about the things that fascinate us.
- (31 days)