Last Wednesday saw our best hackspace meeting yet. Our largest turnout (even with a couple more people sending their apologies), in the new location at Mello Mello, and there were even Arduinos connected up to computers.
I got as far as downloading the new Ethernet library and firing up the Arduino IDE, but then got side-tracked into chatting about hardware and finding out about the hacking activities that some of the other attendees had been getting up to. Before long the staff were making “closing up” motions, so we called the “official” meeting to an end – and a couple of us retired to The Peacock round the corner to continue chatting over a beer.
Most of the evening was spent pretty informally, just getting to know each other and catching up, but we had a couple of minutes of more formal updates on how things are progressing. Asa updated us on his early-stage work towards a Manchester hackspace (hopefully more on that soon when he has more to share), and I did likewise on the possible spaces for a permanent Liverpool hackspace. Mello Mello seems a reasonable first step for holding meetings, and whilst the group is finding its feet I’m not rushing to find a full-time space. However, even without really trying, there are a number of possibilites presenting themselves: Venya is hoping to get a new space for The Kazimier to use as a workshop, so we may be able to use part of that for a hackspace; and Scott from Bad Format is keen to kit out their new bar with lots of interesting hardware and might have some spare workshop room. I should be able to report back more at the next meeting.
And the next meeting was the main other point discussed. Following discussion on the mailing list, we debated whether or not to move the meetings to Tuesday evening rather than Wednesday. On balance we decided that Tuesday fitted in better with people, with the only problem being that from time to time it would coincide with GeekUp Liverpool. When that happens we decided to just merge the two meetings (as there’s a fair crossover between the groups already) and as luck would have it, the next meeting will be the first to clash. So the next Liverpool Hackspace meeting will be a joint meeting with GeekUp Liverpool at 3345 Parr Street on Tuesday 30th June 2009 (and then we’ll be back to Mello Mello for the 14th July)