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Submission + - Community of Hacker Dojo raises a Kickstarter! (kickstarter.com)

c0sine writes: For those who do not know. Hacker Dojo is one of the premier hacker / co-working / community spaces in the San Francisco Bay area. It is a member run and operated; and open to general public — center full of technologists, entrepreneurs and gurus. On top of contributing to the local community HackerDojo.com also provides information, software and other resources for anyone interested in starting or running a (non affiliated) hackerspace.
Recently the City of Mountain View, concerned that the space is not zoned for teaching classes, has shut down more than half the space, stopped all large classes and conferences, and has given Hacker Dojo 6 months to do a quarter million dollars of improvements or face being shut down.
Their fundraising total is now ~$170K out of $250K. The kickstarter goes for 10 more days. Here is a recent article about them in Venture Beat (http://venturebeat.com/2012/08/10/hacker-dojo-interview/)

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Submission + - A hackerspace's options: raise a quarter million dollars or die. (kickstarter.com) 3

katicli writes: "What would you do if your city threatened to close your local hackerspace unless you did a quarter million dollars in upgrades? Hacker Dojo is facing just such a question. The City of Mountain View, concerned that the space is not zoned for teaching classes, has shut down more than half the space, stopped all large classes and conferences, and has given the hackerspace 6 months to do a quarter million dollars of improvements or face being shut down.

This shows a troubling trend for next-generation educational and maker spaces, as spaces such as old schools and churches, which are zoned for "Assembly" are not easy to rent.

Hacker Dojo has raised $130,000 from corporate sponsors and charity events so far and is doing a Kickstarter to hold them over for another $30,000 while the rest is raised."

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