[Linux-aus] Grant Application - Gold Coast Tech Space
kathy at kathyreid.id.au
Thu Feb 9 22:15:34 EST 2012
I strongly support this grant application on the following grounds;
1. Steve has a strong track record, and has organised several (I think
they're up to 7?) BarCamps at the Gold Coast / Brisbane.
2. The Gold Coast is a regional area, and although well populated it would
be great to FOSSter (haha) more open source communities in regional areas.
3. The planning and community support around this appears strong - Steve
already has other partners on board, and Linux Australia would not be the
4. LCA has never been held on the Gold Coast. An active LUG is usually a
prerequisite to being able to hold LCA somewhere.
5. Open hardware is huge - there's clearly a need for more support of open
hardware in the community.
> Date: 9/2/12
> Project Name: Gold Coast Tech Space
> Aim of Project: Promote Open Collaboration in tech community on the Gold
> Person Responsible for Request: Steve Dalton
> Request: We recently formed the Gold Coast TechSpace (late 2011) - a
> collaborative space based on the Hackerspace Model. The project is going
> quite well, we have a large unit in Southport, have incorporated as a
> Association and have an active committee. We also have a small but growing
> membership base. Our setup is slightly different to other hackerspaces;
> half of the space is typical hackerspace projects - Electronics, hardware
> hacking, 3D printing (we just finished our first Reprap) etc. The other
> half is more of a "Lab" for people to come and spend time working on their
> projects (predominantly Open Source) and learn (workshops and community
> based training are in the works)
> Part of the way we helped setup the space was to offer Founding
> Partnerships to local businesses and institutions to help us bootstrap the
> space. We initially had 3 partners which helped pay for the Bond on the
> property, ongoing rent while membership built to sustainable levels,
> benchtops and some equipment.
> Our 4th partner that has just come on board is Griffith Uni, and we did
> have a 5th, a local web mobile development company that were going to base
> themselves from the space but this fell through. I was going to replace
> this 5th one with the Gold Coast City Council, but with local elections
> looming it seems that purse strings are tightly drawn!
> Founding membership costs $3500 per year and with that they get
> - Full membership for 3 of their employees/members/students (normally
> - Your logo on the sign on the front of the space for the lifetime of the
> space (not just 1st year)
> - Logo and links on main website gctechspace.org and
> I am looking for another local partner, but as we are planning on doing a
> :LOT of Linux and FLOSS advocacy at the space nd our local LUG also meets
> at the space, I was wondering if having Linux Australia as a partner might
> be a possibility.
> I realise that LA is not National and the 3 membership are not really
> useful, but I was thinking these could be gifted to local Gold Coasters
> doing good work in the Linux/FLOSS community. 2 local nominations I could
> think of off the top of my head are Ben Martin who is a committer to
> Abiword and libFerris file system (speaker at recent LCA on this topic)
> and Triffid Hunter who is heavily involved with RepRap.
> A lot of people in Australia think of the Gold Coast as all about Tourism
> and property development, and this is partially true, our economy is very
> narrow at the moment. However, there is also a thriving tech community
> desperate to break out. I am hoping the Gold Coast TechSpace will be a hub
> for this. A large Cultural Precinct is currently being planned on the
> for 2015, final completion 2018 when the Commonwealth Games arrives. Part
> of this precinct is a 6000m2 cultural centre and I have a (loose)
> commitment from the Council that the Gold Coast Tech Space will get a
> decent amount of space in this precinct. Until then, we just need to prove
> the concept and get it nicely sustainable.
> In terms of what the money would probably be spent on - we currently do
> have anywhere enough power points, so around $1000 would be paying the
> electrician. We would also like to get a projector for user groups to
> present with and use at Barcamps (which I am regular organiser of). We
> also have a full lab of PCs (donated from City Council) which I am hoping
> to get extra monitors for so that we can do full pairing with our
> programming workshops. Lots of other thing - but this gives you an idea.
> If you have any further questions - feel free to email me back. I can also
> be contacted on the mobile on 0414 464564
> Steve Dalton
> President, Gold Coast TechSpace
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