Good news - we're open for limited services in Wembley. Ujima House is now actively under refurbishment and we'd love your help in making the space the best it can be.

Please pay attention to the main LHS mailing list or pop into our #london-hack-space IRC channel and say hello.

During this interim period donations and continued membership are greatly appreciated while we transition to our new space.

Guides/Giving a Tour

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Tour Suggestion Guide

olde audio tour by mattp and a930913 at http://hack.rs/tour/ if anyone feels like making a new one based on this.

A suggested general structure

No idea what to say to someone on a tour? Try working from this template.

  1. Introduction
    1. Who you are
    2. Ask them what they're interested in! This will help engage them and interest them in joining. If they're interested in a subject you don't know about, try to point them to someone who does if you can. Tours get very boring and dull if it's full of uninteresting (to the people involved) stuff.
    3. What the Hackspace is
    4. What the Hackspace is not
    5. The etiquette that helps it run
    6. The general layout (upstairs is mostly "clean" working space, downstairs is mostly the workshops)
  2. The Upstairs
    1. Electronics Bench
    2. Quiet Room
    3. Craft Corner
    4. Library
    5. Classroom
    6. Storage and storage rules (boxes etc)
      1. Events - How they work, how to book
      2. Samples of topics we've presented on
    7. Kitchen/Toilets
  3. The Workshop
    1. Laser Cutter
      1. Training is given by Paddy and other maintainers, sign up on the wiki when a new email post goes on the Mailing List
    2. Biohackers lab
    3. Darkroom
    4. Safety
    5. Metal working room and exposed-air cage
      1. Welding
    6. Wood dirty/dusty working room
  4. Membership
    1. Cost
    2. How to join
    3. Benefits
      1. Access to the space
  5. Questions, anything else you want to highlight.
  6. Finish off the tour by taking them to the Kiosk and recommend that (if they have already registered on the website) they register their card there and then so that once the payment comes though they can easily get access to the space

Etiquette

The space and organisation:

  • We need everyone's help to keep things organised. Everyone is expected to help with maintenance and cleanliness.
  • We do welcome your donations! (Show the donation tin.)
  • If you start using the Hackspace more regularly you're encouraged to become a member. The size of your monthly payment is up to you; recommended amount is at least £20/month, some pay as much as £100/month, the absolute minimum is £5/month if you really cannot afford it.
  • We're currently trying a new monthly Hack the Space Day where experienced & new members come together to work on the space: infrastructure improvements, cleanups, tool maintenance, … whatever we deem appropriate at the time.

The community:

  • We're very approachable, although sometimes shy. If you are unsure about something: just ask around.
  • But be aware that the people around you may be busy with project work and may not have time to chat. Tuesday evenings are the best time for a visit if you're new and want to meet new people.
  • The hackspace has a large social scene that includes many specialists of a wide range of disciplines. The best way to reach them is to post questions on the mailing list.

Basic stuff

  • Doorbot: You can open the door to London Hackspace 24 hours a day using an RFID card (such as your current Oyster card), if you're a member - the wiki has instructions on setting this up.
  • 3-week bins

Classroom

  • Regular Events
  • One-off Workshops
  • The Events Calendar

Ground Floor Workshops

  • Tools for both wood and metal - if you don't know which to use or how to use it correctly - Please Ask!
  • 3 in 1
  • Wood stock
  • Metal stock
  • Welding station
  • PCB etch tank (will eventually come back into play when we get plumbing)
  • Lathe
  • Mill
  • Biohacking space
  • Darkroom
  • 3D Printing Room
  • Many kitchens

1st Floor

  • Electronics/Soldering Station
  • Components
  • Tesla
  • Hand tools area
  • Sewing Room
  • Laser Cutter
  • Craft Corner
  • Display case
  • Classroom
  • Do Not Disturb Room
  • Amateur Radio Room