When we started Walking robot in 2014, Uncomfortable calling it a hackerspace or open garage. We frequently used the awkward phrase ‘open workshop or machine shop’ to describe our organization, for no other reason than we had no easy phrase for what we wanted our space to be.
We modeled the space after the existing fablab model, with the intention that anyone should be able to make anything at any time out of (almost) any material. Because some of our members were not comfortable with the fablab rules regarding Intellectual property we decided to call it a makerspace.
Creating a unique place where people with common interests, usually in science, technology, or digital or electronic art can meet, socialize and collaborate.
Most of our communication is done in English. This because we want our community to be open for all nationalities. Most of our members speak Dutch, English and/or French.
Our facility provides physical infrastructure that members need to complete their projects. In addition to space, we provide electrical power, 1GB networking with redundant internet connectivity, machine tools, crafting, art fabrication, audio equipment, electronic instrumentation (such as oscilloscopes and signal generators), electronic components and raw materials for hacking, and various other tools for electronics fabrication and creating things. Specialized large-format printers, 3D printers, Laser cutters, CNC machines, …
There is a loose, informal tradition of welcoming visitors from other similar organizations, whether across town or internationally. Free exchange of ideas, skills, and knowledge are encouraged, especially at periodic gatherings sometimes called “build nights” or “open house” days.
We follow a “hacker ethic”, which “include freedom, in the sense of autonomy as well as of free access and circulation of information; distrust of authority, that is, opposing the traditional, industrial top-down style of organization; embracing the concept of learning by doing and peer-to-peer learning processes as opposed to formal modes of learning; sharing, solidarity and cooperation”