From Harford Hackerspace
Harford Hackerspace Membership Guide
The Benefits of Membership
We recognize that right now we do not have a 24 hour space, but your donations can help that. By donating you become a part of the Harford Hackerspace and get to reap the benefits of pooled resources. Consider the fact that the more members we have the closer we come to having the finer things in Hackerspace life such as laser cutters, 3D prototypers, vast quantities of tools, and access to individuals with common interests and broad range of skill sets.
The recommended donation to Harford Hackerspace is $50 monthly and qualifies the donor for recognition as a standard member. Standard members may request unsupervised access to the space (upon acquisition) and may also bring guests to the space. Dues go into a fund which directly support the goals of Harford Hackerspace. These goals include, but are not limited to, the acquisition of a dedicated location, tools, funding of group projects and events, and general maintenance of the space.
Upon acquisition of a suitable space, standard members who are at least 18 years of age may request unsupervised access to the organizations facilities and use of the tools in the space. It is expected that all members pay for their own consumables which include electronic components, wood, metals, associated parts, food and drink items. Standard members who are under 18 years of age may be subject to additional restrictions which will be negotiated with the board of directors on a case-by-case basis.
Donations of $15 per week are recommended for persons who want to enjoy the benefits of a Hackerspace, but only intend to have an intermittent weekly presence.
Non-standard memberships are available to students and are negotiable on a case-by-case basis. Guests are welcome on "New Member Days" and/or regular meeting days if accompanied by a standard member.
Standard Member - $85+ Donation
Starving Hacker - Negotiable monetary donation and services on a individual basis. Please setup a time to discuss your contributions with the board.
Student - Negotiable monetary donation and services on a individual basis. Please setup a time to discuss your contributions with the board.
Non-Members - First three times are free. After your third time you will be asked to join or donate $15 per visit. First time visitors are only allowed on Open Hack Nights.
Guest - Guests are sponsored by a member and their sponsor is responsible for their safety, actions, and entertainment. Sponsored guests may visit on any night.
New member days
We love new members and the excitement they bring with them upon discovering Harford Hackerspace. This is why we have chosen to dedicate our first meeting of the month to welcoming new members and allowing non-members the chance to hang out and contribute to group projects as they decide if our Hackerspace is the right place for them. New members are defined as members who have attended less than 3 meetings. Members who have previously not attended may get an exception to attend a normal meeting on other days of the month by contacting a Harford Hackerspace board member. Visiting members of other Hackerspaces are not considered new members and are welcome to attend regular meetings after contacting a board member.
What are we doing?
Harford Hackerspace is a not for profit entity with the goal of unifying community members with similar interests in order to share their knowledge in an educational environment and to engage the next generation with hands-on, technical experiential activities. We expect all members to share their knowledge with others, but respect that they cannot do this all of the time they are present. New member days were created to ease the introduction into the Hackerspace environment. Standard members present on new member days should be as accommodating as is reasonable to new members. Harford Hackerspace offers classes periodically, but due to time limitations it should not be expected that members be prepared to teach at a moments notice. Please limit questions during regular meetings to specific concepts rather than broad ideas. Some examples of what is ok and what is not:
| GOOD|| BAD|
| How does a pointer work?|| Can you teach me how to program?|
| What does a capacitor do?|| Can you teach me how to build an amplifier?|
You get the point, we hope. Harford Hackerspace is here to help you help yourself.
As of right now we are on the honor system with respect to consumables such as parts, food, sodas.