Hacker Dojo

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Hacker Dojo
HackerDojo logo.png
A place for hackers and thinkers
Formation 2009
Type NGO
Purpose Hackerspace
Headquarters 599 Fairchild Dr, Mountain View, CA
Location
Coordinates 37°24′11″N 122°03′00″W / 37.403011°N 122.049952°W / 37.403011; -122.049952Coordinates: 37°24′11″N 122°03′00″W / 37.403011°N 122.049952°W / 37.403011; -122.049952
Region served
Silicon Valley
Membership
315
Origin
Mountain View, CA
Founders
David Weekly, Jeff Lindsay, Brian Klug, Melissalynn Perkins, Kitt Hodsden
Affiliations Noisebridge, NYC Resistor, Pumping Station One, SuperHappyDevHouse
Staff
3
Website hackerdojo.com

Hacker Dojo is a 16,600-square-foot (1,540 m2) community center and hackerspace in Mountain View, California. Predominantly an open working space for software projects, the Dojo hosts a range of events from technology classes to biology, computer hardware, and manufacturing and is open to all types of hackers.[1][2][3]

Organization[edit]

The Dojo is run mostly democratically by its membership under the oversight of five elected[4][5][not in citation given] directors. Anybody can become a member, and hardship, worktrade and family rates are available. Member votes rarely deal with specific instances, and more work with general policy on how the Dojo should run. The Dojo is primarily financed through membership dues ($125/mo), but has historically accepted 3rd party sponsorships from Microsoft,[6] Google, isocket, Twilio, AMS Dataserfs,[7] and Palantir Technologies to fund expansions and renovations.

Culture[edit]

The Dojo is entirely communal space from the tools in the electronics lab to the desks to the food in the refrigerator. Anything left there is considered fair game for anybody to play with. Very few restrictions are placed upon people provided they do not detract from the experience of members or consume resources they do not replace. Any member may run an event, and event organizers are permitted to charge non-members for attendance to their event. Members are always permitted to go everywhere they wish, provided they do not consume somebody else's finite resources (such as an event's food).

Physical Space[edit]

Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, California
Original location at 140 South Whisman Road
New home at 599 Fairchild Drive
24/7 open hackerdojo reception

The Hacker Dojo was originally located at 140 South Whisman Road in Mountain View, CA. The facility started as being only 140A [8] but the space expanded to include 140B in October 2009, and further expanded in October 2011 to lease units C and D[citation needed], thus taking over the entirety of 140 S. Whisman. The expansion party was attended by several hundred individuals, including Steven Levy.

Because of zoning violations, the City of Mountain View blocked the use of units C and D, and restricted the use of units A and B to events no larger than 49 occupants.,[9] 140A was formerly an industrial artistic glassworking facility, though the community has put the space through a significant series of renovations.

In order to raise money to help meet building code requirements, the Dojo staged an "underwear run," on Saint Patrick's Day as a fund raiser.[10]

Construction bids to bring the 140 South Whisman space up to building code requirements came in much higher than expected, and on Monday, October 15, 2012, the Dojo signed a lease to rent a building at 599 Fairchild Drive, also in Mountain View.[11] Move-in occurred on February 13, 2013, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on February 27, 2013 [12]

Uses[edit]

The three primary uses of Hacker Dojo are for events, as a coworking space, and for social purposes. The intersection of these three uses are what the Dojo hopes will make it consistently a nice place to be, a good place to meet people, and a place to be challenged intellectually.[13]

Events[edit]

The 140B building has been turned into a place where events such as Random Hacks of Kindness, Startup Weekend, and BayThreat among others have been hosted. It also has invented and run its own events such as a reverse job fair call the Hacker Fair where candidates present booths of their previous independent or open source work to company engineers who are accompanied by technical recruiters [14] and the Startup Fair, where young companies have booths for investors to consider.[15][16] Members can hold events at the Dojo free of charge, subject to approval from the Dojo events committee.

Coworking[edit]

A large number of Silicon Valley startups work daily out of the Hacker Dojo as their primary location, and Founders Institute, which is located nearby, encourages its members to work out of the Dojo [17]

Notable Startups With Hacker Dojo History[edit]

Social[edit]

The Dojo also has movie nights and a weekly Happy Hour.

Dojo in 2013[edit]

The main electronics lab 
The main classroom 
Main common area 
The main desk used for signins 
The main space used for everything 
Billboard in Silicon Valley 

Original Dojo[edit]

Inside front entrance 
Stairs leading to deck 
3-d modeling tool 
Some of many stained glass windows 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HackerDojo: Finally A Hangout Where Coders Can go 24/7". VentureBeat. August 13, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hacker Dojo Opens Its Doors". Gigaom.com. August 24, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "WSJ: Techies Get to Work at Hacker Dojo". Online.wsj.com. March 10, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hacker Dojo / History". Wiki.hackerdojo.com. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hacker Dojo / Who are the directors". Wiki.hackerdojo.com. May 14, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Microsoft supports the HVAC fund". Twitter.com. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "AMS Dataserfs supports the HVAC fund". Twitter.com. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hacker Dojo Opens in Silicon Valley". Geek.com. August 17, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ DeBolt, Daniel (January 31, 2012). "Hacker Dojo wins reprieve from city". Mountain View Voice. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ DeBolt, Daniel (March 20, 2012). "Hackers hit MV's streets in "underwear run"". Mountain View Voice. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "A New Home for Hacker Dojo". HackerDojo.com. 
  12. ^ "Grand Opening: Hacker Dojo's New Digs". Eventbrite. February 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Hacker Dojo Community Centric Working Space". Socialentrepreneurship.change.org. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Hacker Fair". Tech Crunch. January 6, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Startup Fair". Earthtimes.org. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Startup Fair". Mercury News. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hacker Dojo and the Bay Area Founders Institute Partner Up". Founderinstitute.com. November 11, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Micromobs, inside a social network startup". PCWorld. Pcworld.idg.com.au. December 4, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Waleed Abdulla, founder of NetworkedBlogs" HotDevs.com. July 7, 2010.
  20. ^ "Contact Skydera". Skydera.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2010. 

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