What is a Hackerspace?
: "A hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace, or hackspace) is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art, or electronic art, can meet, socialise, and/or collaborate."
Aren't hackers bad guys?
No! Well, not necessarily. The word “hacker” has become a pejorative term in the last couple decades. It used to refer to people who were interested in computers and wanted to figure out how things worked. But today the media has morphed the word away from its original definition. Today hacker refers to black hats, crackers, data thieves and general cyber crime as well as good intentioned white hats and technology enthusiasts.
Though computers, computer security and programming have a strong emphasis at Xerocraft, we do not perform any malicious activity or show people how to conduct criminal acts. Any teaching we do on computer hacking is done purely from the perspective of knowing what the bad guys’ tricks are so you can protect yourself.
As a hackerspace we think of the term as one in which people “hack” things together, that is put things together in a way that they were not originally intended with the desire of either fixing what’s broken or building something new.
If it makes you feel better, you can also call us Xerocraft Makerspace.
What do I need to do when I first show up?
Upon arrival, everyone entering the space must sign in at the front desk computer. Anyone who wishes to use our tools or enter the wood or metal shops must fill out a liability waiver first.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Because of the nature of our tools, many of them dangerous, we do have a minimum age requirement. You must be at least 18 years of age to be alone in the shop, OR you must be part of a Xerocraft-sanctioned group (such as Bit Buckets
). If you're UNDER 18, you may come if you're accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and they sign the liability waiver for you at the front desk.
Do you sell gift cards?
Yes. Our gift cards grant the holder full access to Xerocraft Members Only hacks and Open Hacks.
We offer four cards:
- One Month for $50
- Two Months for $90 (save 10%)
- Three Months for $130 (save 12%)
- Six Months for $225 (save 25%)
To order a gift card you can either email us or purchase one at our space. A signed liability waiver of file is still required to use our tools or enter the wood and metal shops. Gift cards do not grant 24 hour access.
What is an Open Hack?
Open Hack is a time for you to come into Xerocraft, meet fellow hackers, work on projects, attend introductory workshops, and share your knowledge. We have staff available to answer questions and guide you in the right direction.
Check our hours for members and nonmembers here
Is Open Hack free?
Yes! Open hack is free to everyone. We encourage and are grateful for donations but Open Hack is free and we won’t pester you about it.
I’ve never used tool ‘X’ before. Can I still come to Open Hack?
Yes! Open Hack is a time for beginners and experts alike to jump in head first. We host regular workshops during Open Hack to introduce you to all of the equipment we have available.
What is a Members Only Hack?
Members Only Hack is a time when only dues-paying members have access to the space to use tools, get help and get work done. If you want to become a member you can do so here
What is a Steering Committee Meeting?
Our Steering Committee is a meeting time where members and interested people come together to make decisions about the organization and share ideas for projects and outreach. Steering Committee meetings take place every other Monday. Check our Calendar
to see when Steering Committees are scheduled. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.
What is WTF?
WTF stands for “Women/Trans/Femme”. It is an Open Hack that is available only to women and transgender people (members and nonmembers alike). The program is based on the Bicas
WTF night. To find out when WTF Open Hack takes place, check out our hours
What are workshops/classes?
Workshops are taught by Xerocraft members and nonmembers on many various subjects from sweat welding to woodworking to Arduino microprocessors. We kindly ask for a $5 or $10 donation from all non-members who attend. Click here
to browse our upcoming workshops, add yourself to the list of interested attendees and even suggest a class of your own!
Can I teach a workshop/class?
Yes you can! We are always looking for interesting new classes to put on for the community. Please email us
with your workshop idea.
Do I need to RSVP for a workshop/class?
Unless it is specified on our workshop calendar
or Facebook page
that an RSVP is required, you don’t need to do anything to attend the workshop other than show up on time. Members get in to workshops free but nonmembers are asked to pay a donation.
Why should I be a member?
Because Xerocraft is awesome and you want to support these resources so they’re available to your community. And you get access to members-only nights. Every night that isn’t an Open Hack is a members-only night. After you’ve been a member for at least 2 months and we feel confident that you are trustworthy, we’ll give you your own key so you can access Xerocraft 24 hours a day!Benefits of membership include:
*Pending approval from our committee.
- Additional Members Only Hack hours
- Full access to tools, parts and supplies
- More on-site storage space so you don’t have to lug heavy projects back and forth.
- Free attendance to workshops
- Your own key* to Xerocraft to use our tools anytime.
How do I become a member?
Membership is a fee of $50 per month. There are no start-up or cancellation fees. You can cancel any time. We also offer a work-trade option for those who are tight on money. Visit our Membership page
to sign up.
How do I get my own key?
Giving someone 24 hour unsupervised access to our tools and equipment is something we do not take lightly. There are two criteria you must fulfill before you can ask for a key:
- You must be a dues-paying or work-trade member for at least 2 months.
- You must get two current, key-holding members to vouch for you.
After you have achieved the criteria you may ask a staffer to submit your name to our committee. The committee will review your request and decide if you can have a key to the space.
If I pay at the end of the month, do I have to pay again at the start of the next?
No. You are a member for one month from the date you pay your dues. If you pay at the end of the month, you are a member until the same date at the end of the next month.
A member of my family wants to join Xerocraft too. Do you have a family plan?
Yes we do! You can use our Xerocraft Family Plan. Each member of your family can become a full Xerocraft member for an additional $10 per person.
Can I bring nonmembers with me to Members Only Hack?
Yes. You may be accompanied by one or two people who are not paying members, themselves. However, they can only stay while you are present at Xerocraft. Each person is still required to sign a liability waiver to use our tools or enter the wood and metal shops. If you plan on bringing more than two people with you, please let us know.
What if I can’t afford the membership fee?
We offer a work-trade program that grants people access to Xerocraft at a reduced rate. Work-trade consists of doing what you can to keep us going, be it cleaning and organizing, staffing Open Hacks, helping maintain our online presence, etc. We encourage work-trade members to put their skills to work while helping Xerocraft operate. Please contact our volunteer coordinator here
to begin the signup process.
Do you accept donations?
Yes. We always appreciate cash donations
. We are a nonprofit and we need all the funding we can get. We will also accept tools and equipment. But please keep in mind that we are not a Goodwill store or a computer recycling business. If you’re not sure your donation of old parts will be wanted, email us first.
Will you barter tools for membership?
Possibly. Please email us with your proposal.
Can I deduct my donation from my taxes?
Yes! Since we are a 501(c)3 your material and money donations can be written off on your income taxes. Please contact us
for a donation receipt.
Why did you guys rip off the Arizona Historical Society’s logo?
We get this a lot…
Actually, they look so much alike because both are based on the same source. This is the alchemist’s symbol for copper:
Josh, one of our founding members, chose this symbol because Arizona is also known as “the copper state”.