Hacker Dojo: Anarchy with Respect

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B302/03

Excerpt

Imagine an open source project was an actual place: a place where people volunteer to make something better; contribute their time, knowledge and resources; a place to share ideas or just to get work done. Hacker Dojo is for hackers and thinkers and this session will describe how the open source ethos can successfully be applied to a physical space.

Description

Hacker Dojo is a community center in Mountain View, California, for hackers and thinkers to meet, discuss, learn, create, build and play. More than a co-working space, more than an event space, and more than the chaos it could be, the Hacker Dojo encompasses the open source culture and spirit both at its start and in its continual development.

Starting from a small but passionate group of developers, Hacker Dojo has grown into one of the biggest hacker spaces in the world. The growth hasn’t been without its pains, the same pains that successful open source software projects go through: How do we manage a large group of people with differing opinions and personalities? How do we inspire the many to help help the dedicated few who do the bulk of the work? How do we “indoctrinate” new members into our open and inviting culture without losing their valuable contribution? How do we handle the bad apples while building our champions?

Adopting an open source philosophy from the code to the conduct has enabled our community to grow, developing into our vision of a Silicon Valley institution. Hear of our journey of “anarchy with respect,” and how open source works in physical space.

Speaking experience

Speaker

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    Kitt Hodsden

    Hacker Dojo

    Biography

    Kitt Hodsden is a co-founder of CodingClan LLC, a small development firm specializing in rapid development and deployment of Drupal-based community websites. She has been building websites since 1998, working on such projects as SourceForge, Maximum PC, and MacLife. She is credited on both Antz and Shrek, for work during her Hollywood phase. As a founding director, she is active at the Hacker Dojo, a community space for hackers, tinkerers and programmers in Mountain View, California.

    Sessions

      • Title: Hacker Dojo: Anarchy with Respect
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B302/03
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Imagine an open source project was an actual place: a place where people volunteer to make something better; contribute their time, knowledge and resources; a place to share ideas or just to get work done. Hacker Dojo is for hackers and thinkers and this session will describe how the open source ethos can successfully be applied to a physical space.

      • Speakers: Kitt Hodsden