Hatch is first and foremost a community of people interested in tehnology, the Internet and the free exchange of ideas, knowledge and know-how.
We promote free collaboration between individuals and organizations in tehnological, artistic and social projects.
We maintain a hackerspace (also a makerspace) in Bucharest.
We organize meetups, courses and demos in order to facilitate transfer of knowledge and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Hatch Hackerspace is a community driven, flat governance hackerspace in Bucharest Romania. From a legal perspective it is organized as a non-profit NGO. This means members decide where funds are allocated, what equipment is a priority, what causes and projects are supported. That also means presentations, courses and workshops are hosted by volunteers from the community, members organize and participate in projects, teach and help each other, freely, on their own terms.
Hackerspaces, in general, are a lot about code and technology. As a space, we believe that access to information and technology can be very empowering for individuals, as well as communities and as such we support free and open-source software (FOSS) and an open and free internet, where there is no room for preferential services, censorship or mass surveillance.
But we, as a hackerspace, aren't just about programming and computers! We also have a workshop (makerspace) were we aim to eventually have almost any tool you can imagine. In other words we as a community have members interested in arts, metallurgy, woodworking , robotics and more. Because of our organizational model the equipment profoundly reflects the interests of our members. So what do you want to do ? What equipment would you like to see, learn about and play with ?
Ok, so we have a space, some tools, a good organizational model and a "can do" attitude, but what about the skills ? One core principle of our space is free access to information and education. Volunteer members share their knowledge and skills by hosting presentations, demos and workshops that are donation based. So you can't afford to pay anything ? That's ok, knowledge should be shared freely anyway. Oh, you liked the course and want to donate a few bucks ? That's even better, we have been meaning to buy a few new things.
Were we talking about hackers in a space ? Oh, no! Not Hackers! If you are still reading, you might understand what sense of the word hacker we are using. When we use the word "hacker", we refer to the original sense of the word "someone who enjoys having detailed knowledge of the systems he/she uses and has a tendency to learn through experimentation and tinkering".