Meeting Minutes, 1/16/2014, Greensboro HackerSpace
Geeksboro Coffee House
18 to 20 attendees tonight, including about 5 visitors from the Senior and student chapters of SME
1) It’ll be about the first to second week of February before we get a certificate of occupancy for the HackerSpace, and then we can start putting stuff in the new space.
2) Joey found a new insurance agent more familiar with commercial properties, and will try for a better quote.
3) Joey mentioned the Job Link possibility again, but no details were given as negotiations are continuing.
4) We discussed dues and raising them after we (finally) get into our own space. There were good arguments for and against, but for now the decision is to leave the rates the way they are and wait and see how we do once we get into the space. Worst case, we need extra cash to pay the rent in a few months, in which case will revisit the issue.
Mark, the chair of the local Senior Chapter of SME, was here tonight. This SME is about promoting manufacturing. If I wrote this down right, membership requires four years of experience or a four-year degree in certain fields related to manufacturing.
The SME Senior chapter area goes from Statesville to Mebane and up to Virginia. They have a student chapter at NCA&T. Dr. Alton Kornegay is that student chapter’s leader, and he spoke for a moment to us about his background and the chapter. The A&T student chapter has just rebooted with new officers. One of their officers spoke about the renewed enthusiasm for building their student chapter (I did not catch his name). The A&T chapter invites their SME senior chapter once a year to show off their work, robot of the year, etc.
The HackerSpace folks and the SME folks all seem to recognize good possibilities for mutual promotion and interaction, and we will consider doing joint speaker events and other joint promotional events.
Talk to Mark from SME if you want to be on their mailing list, email@example.com.
Get to Know Us:
Finally, everybody at the meeting, SME and Hackers alike, presented themselves and a little bit about the projects they want to work on. Keith, for instance, was in a HackerSpace in Seattle and is ready to get going in GSO.
Finally, many of the attendees headed down for a chilly afterglow in the as-yet-unheated HackerSpace. It’s moving along — more of the raised floor has been installed in the soft space, extra support columns have been added, and the HUGE plate glass windows for our entryway have arrived. Now all we need is some impressive displays and a great logo for the windows!
To Do list:
1) Do the questionnaire and get a logo for our group.
2) Submit ideas to the wish list for equipment for our HackerSpace.
3) Submit ideas for a thank you gift for Geeksboro.