As you may have heard, we’ve recently been looking for a new space. I can confirm that as of today we have an agreement in place, and have signed contracts and things for a shiny new exciting space!
The rent is higher than our current rent, but we have managed to negotiate a scaled rent agreement for the first year, which set us in good stead for building out and increasing the membership numbers. We’ve signed a 3 year lease, so there’s lots of room for hacking things into and onto the space itself.
Best of all, its not a particularly difficult or far move, as the unit we’ve signed up for is directly above the current space!
It is accessed through the door at #42 (life, the universe and everything) , and we’re planning on putting in an expanded version of our rfid system for entry to the building, to allow all members access to the space all of the time.
We have a month of crossover time between the two spaces to do the move, so that should be easy enough. If someone wants to take charge of sorting out a moving day and logistics, be my guest!
Hack The Planet!
After a rather hectic weekend of hacking, talking and lots of idea making, I think I can say that the Spacewarming party was brilliant! With people coming from Leeds, Nottingham, and other places I cant remember to see the space and hack around with some things, there was a constant stream of new (and familiar) faces interested in the new space.
We also managed to finalise quite a few projects, and get some moving along. One of the very useful ones was DAS UBERCHARGER, a 10 port USB charging device. After Bob tried securing the power supply with hot glue (hint: it didnt work) and then using foam sticky bads, we promptly plugged all the phones we could grab hold of to test it.
With that out of the way, Bob celebrated with a bottle of Club Mate… and discovered a way not to open it.
After that, we got to work on the electric scooter we’ve had lying around for a while, and eventually built a motor controller for it. Theres still a lot left to do to it, like actually get a battery suitable, but that shouldnt take too much more work.
We also ended up pimping it out with a rather loud horn that Bob had lying around, which should give the local trams a run for its money!
Ofcourse, many other things went on, and all the pictures from the event can be found here. Hope to see you all again!
We are currently well underway with our spacewarming party! See what we are up to with the Ustream below!
The new hackspace manchester webpage is up!
If you can read this, you’re on it already, hoorah.