2011.03.30

Hackerspaces

I wanted to do a bit of research on the cost of being a member of a hackerspace or makerspace (and by cost I mean, monthly membership fees.)

I started at hackerspaces.org and just looked at spaces in the United States.

Since the information is coming from a wiki, we can’t be sure it’s completely accurate, but I think it’s a good gauge of fees nonetheless.

Name Location Members Per Month
ATX Hackerspace Austin, Texas 41 25 to $75
Ace Monster Toys Emeryville, California 80 $80
Alpha One Labs New York, New York 37 $40
Arch Reactor Saint Louis, Missouri 23 $10 to $30
The Baltimore Node Baltimore, Maryland 18 $50
Bitsmasher Santa Cruz, California 33 $50 to $100
BrainSilo Portland, Oregon 20 $40
Bucketworks Milwaukee, Wisconsin 50 $75
Collexion Lexington, Kentucky 25 $5 to $60
Columbus Idea Foundry Columbus, Ohio 50 $25
Cowtown Computer Congress Kansas City, Missouri 30 $30
Crash Space Los Angeles, California 30 $37 to $108
DHMN Appleton, Wisconsin 23 ~
Dallas Makerspace Dallas, Texas 50 $50
Dayton Diode Dayton, Ohio 8 $50
HacDC Washington D.C. 42 $50
HackPittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 25 $30
HackerDojo Mountain View, California 183 $100
Hackerspace Charlotte Charlotte, North Carolina 30 $40
HeatSync Labs Chandler, Arizona 17 $50 to $75
Hive 76 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 15 $15 to $100
I3 Detroit Detroit, Michigan 32 $39 to $89
Jigsaw Renaissance Seattle, Washington 50 $15 to $200
Midsouth Makers Memphis, Tennessee 20 $25 to $75
Milwaukee Makerspace Milwaukee, Wisconsin 17 $80
NYC Resistor New York, New York 27 $75 to $115
New Work City New York, New York 75 $300
Noisebridge San Francisco, California 80 $40 to $80
Pumping Station: One Chicago, Illinois 50 $30 to $50
Sector67 Madison, Wisconsin 21 $50 to $100
Twin Cities Maker Minneapolis, Minnesota 35 $50
Zero1 Nation Colorado Springs, Colorado 14 $13.37 to $35

I tried to include some of the spaces I was already familiar with, or ones in larger cities, which I thought would provide some good contrast.

I also included the number of members in thinking that the number of people involved would affect the cost per member per month.

Some of these are non-profit organizations, while others are not. Some have student or “starving hacker” rates, and most of them seem to have open times/events where anyone can come. Some allow guests (and some suggest guests make a small donation to the space) and many have tiered membership levels.

I talked to Bre at NYC Resistor and asked about their pricing, which says that if you teach classes your membership fee is $75 per month, and if you don’t teach classes, it’s $115. I had assumed this was to reward people who teach by giving them a discounted rate, but he suggested it was more along the lines of punishing those who are slackers and don’t do any teaching. Either way, it’s a neat idea. :)

Obviously the amenities or “what you get” for your membership will vary. Some of the spaces are meant for you to have a permanent desk, provide good Internet pipes, meeting rooms, and function as your everyday office, while other are more like workshops, with tools you may not have access to anywhere else. Prices obviously vary depending on geography as well. Of course you’d expect that In a bigger city you’d probably find more members, and that the rent would be much higher. In a place like Appleton, Wisconsin, it may prove hard to get enough people interested to build momentum to secure a space. (It took the Milwaukee Makerspace folks about a year to get their space.)

If I’ve got anything wrong, or your space was mentioned incorrectly above, please let me know… This was really just a quick look at the monthly membership fees of a bunch of different spaces.

Disclaimer: I am involved with Bucketworks, and I am friends with the folks in DHMN and Milwaukee Makerspace, and have a loose affiliation with Sector67, Jigsaw Renaissance, and Pumping Station: One. (The last three being members of the Space Federation.)


2 Responses to “Makerspace/Hackerspace Membership Costs”

  1. Alex BandarNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for aggregating this list! Very interesting to compare the rates and services of various hackerspaces. If anyone’s in the Central Ohio region, please feel free to drop in and visit the Columbus Idea Foundry (http://www.ColumbusIdeaFoundry.com), or if you have any questions, feel free to email at info at columbusideafoundry dot com. Thanks!

  2. TCNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for taking time to put together this list.

    As of May 2011, HacDC has 42 supporting members paying $50/month membership dues and perhaps 30 non-member class participants and visitors.

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