Join Tampa Hackerspace on November 9th for the first Restart Party in North America. This is a fun and free community event where volunteers experienced with electronics help others learn to repair and maintain their broken or slow devices. Restart Tampa runs from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
A Restart Party is a collaborative process, not a “free repair.” Repairs are done along with the item’s owner. This is done to share skills and empower people in the community to become responsible consumers. The basic conservation philosophies of reduce, reuse, recycle are fundamental to the event. Many items destined for landfills can be repaired, refurbished or repurposed. For the remaining items, there will be electronics and metals recyclers on hand to responsibly recycle as much as possible. For the event, the recycling partner is Urban e-Recycling, a local electronics recycling company.
The event will include a community swap meet, food vendors, and music.
Tampa Hackerspace is located at 3104 N Armenia Ave in Tampa. It is a local community workshop organized to teach and enable learning for technology skills by providing tools, space, equipment and classes. They are a non-profit, membership based institution. Regularly held classes and workshops are open to both members and non-members. Their event calendar can be found at meetup.com. For more information, contact Bill Shaw at email@example.com or by phone at 813-249-5522. Tampa Hackerspace can be found online through http://tampahackerspace.com or on twitter via @hacktampa.
Now that we’re in our first space and the equipment is starting to come in and get used, I think it’s time to refocus on the projects that are necessary to immediately help us function effectively and make the place useful and welcome for members and potential members.
For instance, many members are more interested in classes than using the space for projects. We’d like to have a regular schedule for popular classes and make it easy for everyone to request new classes. For those who are excited about using the space for their projects, we want to make sure the right tools are available and everyone is trained to use them safely.
To get the process started, the first step is to identify the projects that matter. I’ve started a Google Doc that can be edited by anyone. Please take the time to look at it and give us your input. If you have questions or items that you aren’t sure about, use the comments feature on the right side of the document.
Once we have a solid list, we’ll move it over to a board on Trello. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes projects and ideas into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process. If you sign up using our referral link, Tampa Hackerspace will get a free upgrade which will help us better manage these projects.
Within Trello, people can assign themselves to projects and tasks. You’ll also be able to see the status of all projects and help us understand what resources are needed to keep things moving forward.
These projects will only get done when we work together and pitch in to help. I hope to see all of you soon at Tampa Hackerspace!