What's a hackerspace? A hackerspace is a place where people with common interests, usually in science, technology, or digital / electronic art can meet, socialize and collaborate.
NYC Resistor is a collaborative technology and hacking space in Brooklyn, NY. We hold open hacking events, teach classes, have geeky parties, and do pretty much anything that gets people making stuff - from DIY MP3 players to knitting to beer brewing.
In February we're trying to move to a new space, one that will be 3x bigger for less than our current rent. But it needs a fair amount of build out, and since we only make enough money to cover our costs, we don't have a huge stash of cash to spend on things like putting in enough electricity to power a rack of servers.
We plan to get as many things as possible second hand, but some things just can't be thrifted. Aside from a fresh coat of paint, we'll need to put in a few more electrical circuits (lest an army of Arduinos take out the power), windows, lighting, and a handful of other improvements to make the space awesome.
Once the new space is ready we'll have enough room to host bigger and better events than we can currently. Our current space feels cramped with more than 25 or so people, but our new home will make lectures for 50+ easy. From multiple classes at once to miniature conferences, we'll be able to expand our offerings to the community. We're incredibly excited.
All money will go directly into building out the new space. The total cost of moving will be about $10,000, most of which we're covering out of our own pockets. The Kickstarter rewards are set at the real costs of the items they're named after (including things like tax and freight to get the stuff to us). As intimidating as the expenses are, we're thrilled about the possibilities the new space will bring.
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