Noisebridge Vision

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Learning by doing!
Do cool stuff!

Noisebridge is a space for sharing, creation, collaboration, research, development, mentoring, and of course, learning.

The Idea

We want to provide infrastructure and collaboration opportunities for people interested in programming, hardware hacking, physics, chemistry, mathematics, photography, security, robotics, all kinds of art, and, of course, technology. Through talks, workshops, and projects we encourage knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring.

As a space for artistic collaboration and experimentation, we are open to all types of art - with a special emphasis on the crossover of art and technology. From hardware labs to electronics, cooking, photography, and sound labs, anything that's creative is welcome.

We intend to have many interesting things happening at all times. Sharing is essential to making this work. A logical followup to this is to find a space to display our creative projects.

Financing it

We can self-finance through membership fees ($80 per member/month with $40 "starving hacker" rate), beverage sales, and parties, the way European hacker spaces do it. Donations and sponsorships will accompany renovation and equipment purchase. Let's try to get $10,000 for a cool location and meaningful projects. After a few months additional members usually compensate for the initial negative cashflow. Lets discuss further in Finances

Inspiration

Noisebridge is inspired by similar European clubs like Metalab of Vienna, CBase of Berlin, MAMA of Zagreb, and ASCII of Amsterdam. Many other clubs of a similar stripe can be found at Hacklabs. It would not be out of the question to consider Noisebridge a possible San Francisco Chaostreff. Noisebridge is a hacker space that shares a Dorkbot-like ethic, and indeed, many of the members of Noisebridge are long-time Dorkbotters.