Hackerspaces FTW!

Karin Kosina

Hackerspaces FTW!

Hackerspaces are real-life meeting places for creative people to get together to share knowledge, explore, learn, tinker with new technologies, socialise, have ideas and make them happen. Our vision is to enable people to stop being consumers and start being creators.

Online collaboration is a Good Thing, but there is a very special dynamic that happens when people from different backgrounds get together in a physical space. There is a global movement to establish such spaces (see http://hackerspaces.org) and to date there are over 200 of them world-wide!

I am going to present the vision of the hackerspaces movement and its social, technological, political and economical potential. I will also speak about our experiencing in building up the Metalab (our hackerspace in Vienna, which has been operational for over 3 years).