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hi party people. good to meet you all! I'm definitely interested in seeing a space like this grow. Also, wanted to mention that I found another group of people who might be great to get involved and might even have some space for us to borrow: http://www.startupgenome.co/schaumburg-il-usa
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daniel nensel
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Well to kinda continue on Andy's train of thought. those of you who have joined. Can you give your location and what if anything you have done towards the goal of a Hacker space in the burbs. Also maybe what types of projects you would like to do in such a space.

I live in Mundelein and really just started looking into this. I am primarily looking for a space similar to a high school wood/metal shop and secondarily electronics. 
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 You should focus on finding space that works well for your members geography/budget and not worry too much about encroaching on W88. We want to work with other hackerspaces, and the more that get built, the better for us all.  (Of course, it would be a little silly for someone to try to start a hackerspace within one suburb of an existing hackerspace, but I don't think most of you are in that situation.)
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daniel nensel
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I set this place up as a way to gauge interest in a Hackerspace/Workshop in the NW/N suburbs of Chicago. Please join the discussion and maybe we can get something built. 

P.S. I know the community name is lame we can change that later :) just needed something informative
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It will most likely start before the conference and be unveiled there.
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daniel nensel
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We need a better name. Any ideas? This doesn't need to be the name of a future physical space, but more a name for our group. 
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just found this! thank you for keeping the name simple for the time being. it helped me find it easier
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daniel nensel
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Maybe while this group is still small we can have bi weekly "hangouts" or group chats for people to get together and talk about what they are working on and get help from the community. As we grow and determine a geographic center we can start having physical get togethers periodically (once or twice a month? ).

I have set up an Event for a recurring hangout starting next week. I would love it if everyone would get all their interested friends and coworkers to join this community. 
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We got our biggest spike in membership when we got our own meetup group on meetup.com. It takes time to grow and you have to work at it for awhile.
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Looking at the geographic of most of the people in this group, it looks like a Mundelein/Vernon Hills location would be idea for a hackerspace. Does anyone have any connections they can pull to find us a commercial space in the area? 

Also, we should setup a group call for an evening this week to do some introductions. Anyone have a preference as to which night? I'll put Wednesday on the table. 
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There is interest, but most want to join rather than create. Its a chicken and egg thing, they won't get involved until something is established.   Don't count on many from my connections, at least not at first.  That being said, my attempt was when "makerspace" and "hackerspace" were new words.  Maybe now there will be a better response.

Right now I visit PS1 once or twice a year, and monitor the mailing list most every day.  I also tried to visit Workshop 88 a couple times, but it seems well hidden; I monitor their mainiling list as well.  I encounter folks from Chibots, PS1 and workshop 88 at events in about equal numbers.  So while rare, the interested parties are fairly enthusiastic.

The most limiting factor is travel time.  I would have to drive less than 20 minutes to make use of the physical space. Longer than that and I am limited to internet communication.  However, email alone keeps me in contact with a large number of folks all over the world.
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