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Hey Everyone,

Nearly a year ago, I stumbled in to the Mustache Party held back at our old location and instantly fell in love with the community. Tesla coils, Arduino powered motorcycles, bacon cake, it was the geeks paradise I'd hoped to find at ASU when I enrolled. ASU never got close to providing me the hacker community I had wanted so much; HeatSync did. Since then, I have watched this community grow and become far more awesome than I could have predicted a year ago.

We have changed and matured since then. We have always excelled at the hardware side of development, while consequently being weak in software development. We used to be located at Gangplank and could, to a certain extent, pull off of their community for software people when we need it. That's no longer a possibility for us, and we are going to have a pressing need for software developers in the long term because the projects we are working on are going to need it, and our space is going to need it. We can't have a working SEM without people writing code to turn those electrons in to something we can understand. Ubiquitous computing will never be a reality without code being written. We will never have a cool hackerspace management system with logging and little konami-code bacon unicorns without a community of people here kicking ass on those projects.

I don't want to see us turn in to straight coworking; there is definitely a fine line to walk between hackerspace and coworking. HackerDojo is walking it, and they are the hackerspace for software developers. Why can't we be that space? We have a handful of folks in here, mostly day crowders who are doing incredible things, like Javascript powered games and games centered around the foursquare API. I want more of that. I've lobbied for it internally and we have, for the most part, a community that is accepting of the software crowd. We need external lobbying and shmoozing to bring the people to our space though. We need to reform the ruby community, to catalyze the Django community and pull in the freedom loving linuxdorks like myself and so much more if we are to be completely self sustaining.

Further, I want to see us in the press more often. Quite frankly, it pisses me off every time I see other groups in the area getting covered in ASU's State Press, the New Times and other news outlets while coverage for us after the initial move has been somewhat rare. In the next year, I want to see coverage of HSL and the Mesa community in general to become a regular occurrence. We are an awesome space doing awesome things, and I want to see that recognized and shown to the general populace.

My work on the operations team has shown that a board hat isn't necessary for everything that I want to see happen, but taking the hole left in the secretary position legitimizes these efforts externally. Looking at the list of things the Board is responsible for, evangelizing, managing the space, etc, I already fill most of those roles, I don't have more to offer than what I'm doing and what I have been putting in motion with my vision of what HeatSync Labs could become. There's so much more that I want to see this space become, but this is probably already tl;dr. You all know me, and you know what I want this space to become, so let's freaking do it.


Well, I ran, unchallenged and am a board member for HeatSync Labs, almost a year to the day of when I first stumbled in to the space. Let's see what we can do to make those things a reality. We have such big opportunities.

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Ryan Rix is a privacy rights advocate and net-art wannabe. Reach them on the Fediverse as @rrix@cybre.space, twitter as @rrrrrrrix, via email to ryan@whatthefuck.computer or on Facebook or on Matrix as @rrix:whatthefuck.computer.