Thinking about starting a Phoenix Area dorkbot group

At It says there’s one on they way, but I’m going to look in to it further. If anyone would be interested in this please let me know so I know if it would be worth the trouble. Thanks!
Here’s some info from their site:
dorkbot: people doing strange things with electricity
What is dorkbot, exactly?: Each dorkbot is different and is driven by the needs and interests of people in the local community. But generally, the main goals of dorkbot are: to create an informal, friendly environment in which people can talk about the work they’re doing and to foster discussion about that work; to help bring together people from different backgrounds who are interested in similar things; to give us all an opportunity to see the strange things our neighbors are doing with electricity. dorkbot isn’t really a forum for formal artist talks or lectures, but rather a chance for diverse people to have friendly conversations about interesting ideas.
$$$: dorkbot is a non-$-oriented organization. dorkbot meetings are generally free events, so you need to be careful about spending lots of money to produce them! Several dorkbots sell beer and/or food at the meetings to help cover their costs. Make sure you talk to the venue before selling anything. donates web space, email lists, etc. to the local dorkbots, so there is no administrative cost associated with setting up a new dorkbot.
Meeting Format: dorkbot meetings are rather informal. There are usually two or three presentations (about 20-30 minutes each) per meeting and sometimes very short “lightening” presentations from audience members. The specific format is up to each organizer to decide. You’ll probably have to play with your format for a few meetings until you find something that works well in your context. One thing to keep in mind is that the dorkbot format works best for informal, conversational presentations on a particular work or topic, rather than formal artist talks or lectures on a body of work. 30 minutes isn’t much time, so focused presentations work best.

2 thoughts on “Thinking about starting a Phoenix Area dorkbot group

  1. Hey all, here's a hacker space getting together in PHX in which you
    might be interested!


    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Jeremy Leung
    Date: Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 4:56 PM
    Subject: Phoenix HackerSpace – HeatSync Labs

    Dear Becky Stern,

    I've read a couple of your blog entries from Craftzine and noticed
    that in the past you were influential in getting the Phoenix DIY group
    together. I was hoping that I might be able to get you interested in
    and possibly help us spread the word about a group we're starting.
    Our goal is to have a permanent work space for members to be able to
    work on all sorts of DIY hacking projects whether it be: electronics,
    crafts, software, metal works, wood works, whatever. A few friends
    and I have been throwing around the idea for about 2 years until
    recently when we starting hearing of other spaces with similar
    concepts popping up around the country. We decided it was definitely
    time for us to join in on the fun. If you haven't heard of the
    HackerSpace concept the following site has plenty of information about

    We want our place to be somewhere where people can share tools, space,
    and knowledge/expertise to aid them in finishing up any projects they
    may have. We also wanted to build a community where people can join
    and contribute to a project that may be on going.

    Our 2nd public meeting is this Thursday at:

    Mesa F.O.P. Lodge
    1452 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85203,+Mesa,+AZ+85203+&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16


    We will be discussing:

    1. The Hacker Space idea, what it means to us and the fun that can be had.
    2. What direction we intend to go with the group.
    3. Getting started on finding a location to lease/purchase for the HackerSpace.
    4. A couple current projects.
    5. A means to collaborate on projects while looking for a space.
    6. Poll for contacts for legal(non-profit) and accounting expertise.

    Snacks, drinks and good company will be provided! We'd love to see
    you there as well as anyone you think would be interested in the idea.

    If you have any questions in the mean time feel free to forward them
    to myself or:

    Our website is:

    We've got a Facebook group at:

    And you can follow us on twitter at:

    Thank you,

    You've received this message via Phoenix DIY:

    If you're a maker, hacker, or crafter in the Phoenix metro area, join us for our monthly meetings!

  2. I would love for there to be a dorkbot group in the Phoenix area! I just found out about it from my Halloween phenatics at Frightfest Northwest ( and was hoping to find one out here in AZ. Sadly there still isn't one setup, but I would do whatever needed to be done to help it come along.

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