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How HeatSync Labs works

You are as in charge as anyone else. By coming down, or visiting virtually, you are an empowered community member. It is up to you to get stuff done. If you think there should be a better process/tool/space, make one/buy one/find one. It helps to voice your idea to find like minded individuals in the community to help implement it, but the power is in you. Do it. If it sound dangerous, consult with others at the lab. If you think others will have an opinion about what you want to do, communicate. In the end though, if you care about it, it is up to you to make it happen.

Visiting the Lab

Because Heatsync Labs is a community, as well as a non-profit, when you visit the physical location, you are likely to be met with the chaos that happens as people get things done. The Lab is mostly a place to go and work on things. There is no paid staff, there is no one whose job it is to sit and greet people coming in the door (front or back). There is a host, a person who has opened the lab to the public. They may sometimes wear a captain's hat, but mostly they look like everyone else there, working on some project, or talking to some other new person who beat you in the door by a few minutes.

A word of advice - Be brave and talk to people. The reason there is a lab, and not a giant tool share is because we all have a desire to be around people interested in what we are interested in. You may find that with a question or two about what someone is working on, that you have met someone with a common skill set. Or someone that has the interest in sharing their knowledge so that others can learn. Or just a tinkerer working on their most current idea. Unfortunately, there are rude people, but most are nice people that really are too busy to chat. Don't take offense, ask someone else. Remember a time when you were working on a cool thing and got asked a question when you just needed to get this last thing done. That is probably what was going on.

Stuff at the Lab

The lab is filled with tools to make magic happen. Most of the non-tool contents of the lab is someone's project. There are all kinds of undocumented, half completed things. You may not be able to tell apart the tear-down bin from someones latest prototype. The best way to approach this is to ask questions. The people at the lab will have some knowledge, but maybe not the specifics. Ask questions and look for answers and you will find them.

Not at the Lab

The community has many other venues, the website, this wiki, a google group, a controversial facebook page, twitter account, Flickr, GitHub repo and many others. If you want to learn more, try one or more. Pick your favorite flavor and reach out. There is always something going on.

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