Hacking together a project

January 21, 2011 by
Filed under: Design and Society, Enterprise, Social Economy 

In a blog a couple of weeks ago, Matthew Taylor called for ideas for a new RSA project on manufacturing. Given the RSA’s commitment to practical project work, he suggested that heavy industrial projects would be impractical for us and that worthy reports on the future of manufacturing in the UK are two-a-penny.

The rise of hacking (see this paper published by the RSA’s Design team in 2009) provides food for thought, but the practical project isn’t yet clear… Anyway rather than go over the same ground again, I thought I’d do something more constructive, like make a map of the Hackspaces that are springing up around the UK. This one (click on it to go to the actual map) shows the Hackspaces listed on the Hackspace Foundation website as of today.

I’d be interested to know what factors contribute to the forming of a hackspace. Is it a university near by? More diverse or tolerant communities? Concentration of creative or high-tech industry? What do you think?

Map of UK Hackspaces - data taken from http://hackspace.org.uk/

Comments

  • Stephenfeber

    Jamie – they need a) something cool to capture the developers – the upcoming History Hackday and the TfL inspired Hackdays are examples – TfL have made the network data available again after a false start last year b) the feeling that they are not being asked to make something for nothing – though there is a big intellectual curiosity element to them c) the possibility of making money – from iPhone Apps – like the Boris Bike Apps d) they need good spaces with big bandwidth – the Guardian has provided this

    Stephen Feber

  • Stephenfeber

    Jamie – they need a) something cool to capture the developers – the upcoming History Hackday and the TfL inspired Hackdays are examples – TfL have made the network data available again after a false start last year b) the feeling that they are not being asked to make something for nothing – though there is a big intellectual curiosity element to them c) the possibility of making money – from iPhone Apps – like the Boris Bike Apps d) they need good spaces with big bandwidth – the Guardian has provided this

    Stephen Feber

  • Jamie Young

    Thanks Stephen. Helpful thoughts. Perhaps more pertinent to one-off hacking events than hack-spaces with a semi-permanent workshop and facilities?

  • Jamie Young

    Thanks Stephen. Helpful thoughts. Perhaps more pertinent to one-off hacking events than hack-spaces with a semi-permanent workshop and facilities?