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Links

This section should have links to articles from national media outlets about hacker spaces and the like. The idea is to show local media the scope and state of the movement, so they can have a perspective on what we are doing.

Images

Print copy - Who/what we are

This is the place for us to collaborate on print copy verbiage about what the hackerspace movement is about and who we are. Feel free to post more than one example for each section.

100 word blurb

  • KnoxMakers is a diverse group of enthusiastic learners and makers. Membership is open to the general public, and anyone interested in sharing a collaborative learning process is encouraged to apply. KnoxMakers is an East Tennessee MakerSpace and Hackerspace group formed from the popular global DIY movements established by Make, the same group responsible for the world's largest DIY convention MakerFaire. While many projects are focused on technology, a range of projects, workshops, and activities run the gamut from crafting with hand tools to the arts. KnoxMakers, located in Oak Ridge, allows registered members to share tools, projects, and learning experiences. (James's initial sample draft, 100 words)

500 word summary

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Print copy - Grand Opening

This is the place for us to collaborate on print copy verbiage about our grand opening. Feel free to post more than one example for each section.

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500 word summary

Hacking usually has a negative connotation, but it can be used constructively. In some circles, it's a synonym for making, creating, and innovating. A hackerspace, also known as a makerspace, hacklab, or creative space, is a location where people with varied interests such as science, technology, art, craftsmanship, and computers meet to collaborate and socialize. Members of these spaces may have an interest in one or more of these topics and bring their knowledge, experience and projects to the group. In exchange, they have the opportunity to learn from others and collaborate on projects of all sorts.

This movement has come to the Knoxville area with the formation of a local makerspace, Knox Makers (http://www.knoxmakers.org). The group has been active in the area for nearly two years. In that time, the group has had dozens of workshops on topics that are as low tech as blacksmithing and making chainmail, to topics as high tech as using microprocessors for automatic digital control, or how to turn a 16 year-old rear projection screen television into a multi-touch interactive surface. The workshops are open to the public, and are usually scheduled for the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month.

Recently, Knox Makers has opened a 1,000 square foot makerspace at 1010 Commerce Park Drive in Oak Ridge. This space gives its members a place to share tools and other resources when working on projects. Currently, the space has some basic wood and metal working tools like saws, lathes, and a mill. There are projects in development to add 3D printers, a 40-watt laser cutter, and a server rack as available resources.

Knox Makers will be hosting a grand opening event for this space on September 29, from 2-5 PM. They will be having a number of short presentations about upcoming workshops. Topics include the new Raspberry Pi Linux-based computer, canoe building, cloth dyeing, an introduction to the Arduino microcontroller, and more. There will also be demonstrations of projects currently in development at shop. This event is open to the public, anyone interested in learning more about the group is encouraged to visit them on the web.

(This is only about 350 words, so it would use some filling out. Feel free to plagerize for other write ups, or maybe make some additions to fill it out a bit--Laz 19:30, 28 August 2012 (EDT))

1000 word article

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Basic facts about us that might be important to include/mention

Organizational Info

  • We are a chartered with the state as a non-profit organization, specifically a mutual benefit corporation.
    • This means we are non-profit, which means we don't have to pay certain franchise and use taxes. However, when people refer to tax-exempt organizations, they are thinking of charities that don't pay sales tax on purchases and other things. We are not that kind of non-profit. Donations to us are NOT tax-deductible. We need to make that clear any time we solicit or accept donations, otherwise we are in violation of TN state law.
    • We incorporated Jan 1, 2012.
    • We have an EIN, but it's analogous to your personal SSN. We'll keep that non-public for now.
  • We have not filled out any paperwork yet for FEDERAL non-profit status. In theory we have up to 3 years to do that, but we are going to take care of that before the year is out. This is the 501(c)(<number>) that people refer to. We are currently none of these.