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Here is a repository for members' recollections of Noisebridge's formation and growing pains.
Our oral history is a repository for members' recollections of Noisebridge's formation and growing pains.
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UPDATE: I was a one evening guest at Noisebridge in August 2013.
The experience was a re-affirmation of all that Hackerdom stands for.
Noisebridge is not just a place where people get together with neat things,
It's a place of MAGIC being made real.  I casually walked up to a group
hacking on EEG gear and suggested using the Scroll Lock Led on the keyboard
as a debug indicator. We made it work in a short time. That same project in
other groups might have taken hours. Such is routine at Noisebridge. 
Along with Bre Pettis (who started [http://www.nycresistor.com/ NYC Resistor]) and Nick Far (who started [http://www.hacdc.org/ HacDC]), me and [[User:ioerror|Jake]] were inspired by the Hackerspace Design Patterns at Chaos Communications Camp 2007 (August, 2007 -- outside of Berlin, Germany), as a result of encouraging each other during Camp, we all went home knowing we would start hackerspaces in our home towns.  When we got home in September, me and Jake emailed everyone we knew, talked to everyone we knew, and wouldn't shut up about starting a hackerspace.  We started meeting every Tuesday at various cafes.  Without a name yet, I started a google group for everyone I knew who was interested.  At our third meeting, Jake suggested "Noisebridge" as our name -- we all loved it -- and a few of us went to Jake's apartment and talked more (excitedly) about hackerspaces while Jake created our wiki and email list on his server within 3 and a half hours.  Noisebridge.net was born (https, of course)!  We've met pretty much every Tuesday since.  Our numbers quickly grew, and we started meeting at Rachels huge loft space.  Once we started talking more and more about structure and corporate governance, our numbers dwindled.  Once we started doing and making things again (starting with the [[Brain_Machine_Workshop|Brain Machine Workshop]]) our numbers grew again.  We decided to become a 501(c)(3) tax exempt educational member non-profit California corporation, and paid $2,000 to Carol Gee, a lawyer who specializes in setting up non-profits, to do this for us.  We were granted the tax exempt status shortly after moving into our first space at 83C Weise on 1-September-2008.  We outgrew 83C within 3 months.  After extensive searching by dedicated Noisebridgers, we signed a 3-year lease at our current space at 2169 Mission on 1-August-2009.  A buildout team formed itself, and, as is the case with everything at Noisebridge, with no leaders, and our one (and only one) rule (Be excellent to each other), people self-organized to create a plan for how to lay out the room, created  plans for buildout, and within 30 days, fixed up the empty (and grungy) space (that used to be filled with people sewing garments) into a beautiful space that we could, and did, move into before our move date of 1-September-2009.  Our numbers have continued to grow steadily, with a big jump after the Maker Faire in May-2011.  Hundreds of people (most of whom are not members) go through Noisebridge each month.  Our most popular night is Monday night, when Circuit Hacking Mondays happens, along with Python class, and other people who come because Monday nights are so hopping with people exploring and doing what they love.
[[Category:History of Noisebridge]]

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