Adhacking's mission is to hack ad rates using nonprofit status to promote hackerspaces. There should be a major banner near every hackerspace in the world. Let's hack the planet one billboard at a time.
Here we can gather plans of how to best do this to promote particular hackerspaces with local banners and hackerspaces.org in general.
A big billboard somewhere near a hackerspace would invite a lot of cool people to check it out.
- √ Gauge Interest: Ask around local hackerspace mailing list, sounds like people are interested
- Design: Come up with a first design to test out, give people actionable steps on a special welcome page
- Design Selection: Pick a favorite design for the board and landing page to start with
- Analytics: Make a simple questionnaire asking people how they found the hackerspace. Maybe a one-click touch interface?
- Target: Pick a spot for it
- Funding: Crowdsource money for it
- Deployment: Put it up
- Observation: Observe the people who show up.
- Data: How awesome are they?
- How many become members?
- How many heard about hackerspaces before seeing the billboard?
- How many are students?
- How many already have projects they want to bring in?
- How many are of which demographics?
Ad Crowdsourcing Sites
- There are two sites that help with crowdsourcing funding:
- Matt Spergel did this successfully with FREE EDUCATION billboards promoting public libraries and educational technology.
- He got a picture of it up on Times Square:
- He found out that nonprofits get ridiculously cheap billboard rates.
- We can get hackerspace billboards up in the Bay letting people know about Noisebridge and Hackerdojo and Ace!
- There's lots of clever hackers who could come up with designs for billboards for hackerspaces or other cool ideas.
- Fewer words are better depending on pedestrian or highway, 8 is a suggested number
- List links to your ideas here and/or post them to the mailing list thread
Design Idea: They're Not What You Think
(they're not what you think) -- TEACH, LEARN, SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE Find one near you: www.tiny.cc/hackerspaces
Design Idea: creativity & technology
(creativity & technology workspaces) -- TEACH, LEARN, SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE Find one near you: www.tiny.cc/hackerspaces
"At your local hackerspace"
Make friends and build robots (at your local hackerspace) www.tiny.cc/hackerspaces
Brew beer and learn to code (at your local hackerspace) www.tiny.cc/hackerspaces
Stitch, solder, and socialize (at your local hackerspace) www.tiny.cc/hackerspaces
- Sew, solder and socialize instead? - Rikke
Cryptic QR Code
This idea is more geared towards the part of the public that already knows that hacking is cool and good, but just doesn't know about hackerspaces. Can also do non-QR code versions to find hackers without smartphones. The general idea is to be targeting people who might consider themselves hackers or makers rather than having to explain to the general public that hackers are cool before explaining that their spaces are cool also.
Hacker Tracker [QR Code for www.tiny.cc/hackerspaces]
Hackers @ Home [QR Code for www.tiny.cc/hackerspaces]
Hackers In Your Hood [QR Code for www.tiny.cc/hackerspaces]
- Matt Spergel said the rates were really low for nonprofit PSAs: His cost $1200
- School Factory could help with nonprofit status for hackerspaces that don't have their own yet.
- Anyone who wants to spearhead aspects of this project can volunteer contact info here
- Alex Peake email@example.com I just suggested it and it sounds like lots of people have ideas!
- Ken Adler firstname.lastname@example.org