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Introducing our new Guest Blogger – Dominic from Nottingham Hackspace

Dominic

A warm welcome to our new guest blogger, Dominic will be joining us for the next two weeks, we asked him 10 questions to get to know him a little bit better.

Who are you?
I have a full time day job that I love, I work to help protect our environment, though I prefer to say “I’m saving the planet!” At the Hackspace I’m a member like everyone else though I’ve been voted in as a trustee. It’s great that we can all help each other create such an inspirational workspace!
Nottingham Hackspace is the largest UK Maker or Hackerspace. A Hackerspace is a workshop filled with the tools and infrastructure needed to be able to make or build pretty much anything you can imagine. We have 70 members who share their knowledge and experience or just enjoy hanging out or making things. Anyone can become a member and you can work on your own or collaborate with others on a larger project.

What brought you to Nottingham?
I was born in Grantham and later lived in Lincoln. After University I worked in Lincoln for a very large and well know electricals company in a warehouse checking computer parts for faults. In 2000 they put me through the CompTIA A+ certification and I passed it. I asked them for a pay rise pointing out that colleagues at the Nottingham call centre with A+ were on a higher grade. They told me I’d better go to Nottingham if I wanted that rise. So I did and 10 years later I’m still here.

What keeps you in Nottingham?
It’s big enough a city to have a buzz, it’s own culture and that cosmopolitan feel without being so big you get lost in it and don’t know anyone. The city can still surprise me after 10 years here. It really is a very beautiful place… besides didn’tyou know it has the UK’s largest Hackerspace?


What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?

I think we aren’t that different to some of the shared spaces in Nottingham though I think we have a different background. The Nottingham Hackspace is about infrastructure rather than projects. I have no idea about funding nor the will or time to look into it. The Nottingham Hackspace is entirely run on the membership payments, meaning every member has bought into the space, there are no handouts or subsidies, and because people “pay-what-they-like” they have to think about what to pay and know they can afford it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In five years time we’ll have a bigger Hackerspace with a very wide range of tools and equipment. In five years the space will include experimental kitchens, a
laboratory for biohacking and chemistry as well as a loading bay and garage area where you’ll be able to build your open source car. Young Hackspace (a
proposed program for younsters) will already have been a success bring in a new  generation of enthusiastic young hackers to take the space into it’s next 5 to 50
years.

What do you wish you had more time for?
I’d like more time to learn skills, I’d like to be really good at wood work and metal work in particular and will try and put more time aside to learn in the future.

What keeps you awake at night?
Nothing.

What do you think is Nottingham’s best kept secret?
I dislike this question.

What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?

More promotion of science and engineering and it’s possibilities as both an educational, social and not to mention creative force.

What Big thing are you currently working on?
We are in the process of setting up one of the rooms at the space as a co-working room.

You can see more about Nottingham Hackspace at:
Website: nottinghack.org.uk

Twitter @HSNOTTS
Facebook/Nottinghack