LA Drupal's first coworking / hackerspace open beta kickoff party at Droplabs on May 6, 2011

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2011-05-06 19:00 - 23:00 America/Los_Angeles

Droplabs Los Angeles Save the date! On Friday, May 6, Droplabs is kicking into open beta and throwing what's shaping up to be an extraordinary event, in conjunction with Toyshoppe Systems, another company at Big Art Labs. All of Big Art will turn out, so we thought it would be a great opportunity for the Drupal community to mingle with the Big Art community at the beginning of Drupal's first hacker / co-working space.

It's potluck barbecue, with a great big bonfire, so bring something to throw on the grill, something to drink, and something to munch on. Evenings have been a bit cool, so unless you're super warm blooded, you might find that you need a jacket.

Droplabs' open beta is just that: we're opening up to the community, and not charging until we officially launch in June. We want to give you an opportunity to try it out for free and see how you use it, tell us what you want or don't want, and generally feel free to hang out as much or as little as you want. You know, open beta. Bring your laptop. Show up. Use the space. Interact with your fellow Drupaleros and see how much joy you can bring to your Drupal practice.

We have some furniture, and before we invest in more, we want to see what the needs of the community actually are. (We'll also gladly accept furniture donations.)

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Where

Droplabs
651 Clover St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Droplabs is in the Mission Junction neighborhood of Los Angeles at Big Art Labs, just 1 mile down Main St. from Philippes (the first ever venue for LA Drupal meetups!) and Union Station. We're one block west of The Brewery, the largest live-and-work artists' colony in the world.

When

Sevenish to whenever

Who

The Droplabs founders will be there in force, so if you see one, you can feel free to ask questions. We're also on Twitter, Facebook and IRC. We are:

Blake Senftner at Flixor, Missing Ubercart Manual and BlakeSenftner.com
bsenftner on Drupal.org
@MissingUbercart on Twitter

Christefano at Exaltation of Larks and LA Drupal
christefano on Drupal.org
@christefano on Twitter

Jeremy Blow at INCERA | SOLUTIONS
mrblow on Drupal.org

Lee Vodra at Exaltation of Larks
nodiac on Drupal.org
@leev on Twitter

Paul Chernick at Chernick Computer & Software Services
pcher1bw on Drupal.org
@pcher1bw on Twitter

Ron Golan at Urban Insight
rgon on Drupal.org
@rongolan on Twitter

Uzi Ashkenazi at Medium Design Studio
ahimsauzi on Drupal.org
@newmedium on Twitter

Definition of a hackerspace:
A hackerspace is a real (as opposed to virtual) place where people with common interests can meet, socialize and collaborate.

Comments

sigh..

MataHari's picture

this looks really awesome. I would absolutely attend, were it not that I am still in NY that day!!! :( :( Enjoy, all~

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Nice picture

pcher1bw's picture

I see you updated your photo.

Paul Chernick
CEO
Chernick Consulting
(310) 569-2517

Involuntary Signups

pcher1bw's picture

I know I volunteered to bring a salad and Booze on the droplabs bulletin board, but you didn't even give me a chance to click this signup button on my own! :)

The furniture building party was fun. The Beta opening party should be a lot more fun.

Paul Chernick
CEO
Chernick Consulting
(310) 569-2517

Wish i could go! But alas, I

Paul Kim Consulting's picture

Wish i could go! But alas, I can't :(

Droplabs on Facebook

ahimsauzi's picture

You can also join our growing Facebook community for up to date information on events, promotions and discussions!

Supplies for Party

pcher1bw's picture

I picked up some supplies at Costco yesterday, 3 half gallons of Jose Cuervo premixed Margaritas and a case of Modelo beer. I don't have an ice chest so I would appreciate someone bringing an ice chest, ice and limes. Will the supplies be safe in the conference room if I bring them to tonights founders meeting?

Paul Chernick
CEO
Chernick Consulting
(310) 569-2517

sheez

MataHari's picture

absolutely maddening to read these updates! i'm attending a NYC drupal meetup tonight at the 7 World Trade Center (!!) but surely, it won't be nearly as fun as this!

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Palebunny - I think this may

nodiac's picture

Palebunny - I think this may be the first of many events. This place is as unlike the WTC as a place can be and still be about business. There's a giant firepit, and a ton of burner sculptures and art cars. There's this thing called a 'zig' that defies spatial understanding, but is something that very fit people play on.

We'll have more events...bet on it.

Did I mention that the space has been blessed by a real life Star Trek castmember? That's right! Pure geek cred. . .

You'll need to come to the party to find out who!

Exaltation of Larks
Founder
http://www.larks.la  
Droplabs
Robot Coordinator
http://droplabs.net  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Dragonslayer
http://drupal.la  

@pcher1bw - have asked Big

nodiac's picture

@pcher1bw - have asked Big art if we can use a couple of their giant coolers.

Exaltation of Larks
Founder
http://www.larks.la  
Droplabs
Robot Coordinator
http://droplabs.net  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Dragonslayer
http://drupal.la  

All for one and one for all

pcher1bw's picture

It was great having almost all the founders together building furniture last night.

The place looks great. We have 6 tables and 10 chairs for people to use. Anyone can walk in and start working now, just like Blake and Uzi were doing before we finished building the furniture.

Paul Chernick
CEO
Chernick Consulting
(310) 569-2517

Nice!

rg4w's picture

Finally, a hackerspace near The Brewery! In my 20 years here this is some of the best news of the neighborhood. If I can swing the time I'll swing by -- looks like a great evening.

Great Discussion on Friday

pcher1bw's picture

Richard,

It was great meeting you Friday night, and we had a great discussion.

Hope to see you at more drupal and droplabs events.

Paul

Paul Chernick
CEO
Chernick Consulting
(310) 569-2517

Yes, a nice chat indeed.

rg4w's picture

Yes, a nice chat indeed. Very good to have met you, and the rest of the gang @ Droplabs.

Very much looking forward to the next Pasadena meeting (though with the long drive I would understand if you're note there ).

Had a great time!

LittleLion's picture

Thanks for putting this together everyone who contributed, it was great seeing familiar faces and meeting new people.

The space has a lot of potential, good luck!

Matt

Very cool

vmi's picture

I really liked the new place - congrats to all the contributors/founders of drop labs!

Thanks to everyone who came

christefano's picture

Thanks to everyone who came out! I was really happy to see that everyone who attended also spent time outside at the bonfire and barbecue and got to meet folks from Big Art and The Brewery. This event was a lot of fun and it's just the first of many to come.

Stay tuned for our official opening next month. In the meantime, while we're in "beta" everyone is welcome to come by, work on their projects in the space for free and collaborate with others to help make any expectations around Droplabs a reality.

As always, anyone who's interested can find us at Big Art, on Twitter, Meetup.com/Droplabs, Facebook and on IRC in #droplabs.


Exaltation of Larks
Founder, CEO
http://www.larks.la  
Droplabs
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst
http://droplabs.net  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide
http://drupal.la  

Congratulations, it's historic!

crablouis's picture

Really sorry to have missed the kickoff, but I'm 400 miles to the north. Looking forward to dropping in next time I'm in L.A. Congratulations!

Hey folks - what are the

wizonesolutions's picture

Hey folks - what are the daily Droplabs hours? I'll want to drop by I'm sure at least once during the beta :)

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Ya, same here! Just gotta get

Techivist's picture

Ya, same here! Just gotta get my laptop fixed so I can have something to play on but this is another beta I'd love to participate in ;)

Miguel Hernandez - www.migshouse.com
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

Until we establish official

christefano's picture

Until we establish official hours or have a way to signal when we're open, the best thing is to follow @Droplabs on Twitter or call us up at 855-DROPLABS (855-376-7522).

We don't know if we'll have official hours during our open beta period. Up until now we've had near 100% uptime during regular business hours, though.


Exaltation of Larks
Founder, CEO
http://www.larks.la  
Droplabs
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst
http://droplabs.net  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide
http://drupal.la  

Who says freemium models are just for websites?

nodiac's picture

Droplabs has been open now for 6 months or so and it's time to post an update. We've been listening to our members, talking with other coworking / hackerspaces and continuously experimenting with our business model, and today I'm happy to announce our freemium pricing structure:

Prices

While we're in open beta, coworking at Droplabs is free! We offer the following services to help rock your workday:

  • Free parking on Clover St. and in our large parking lot
  • Free, metered WiFi
  • Desks and chairs in our open coworking room (on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Hundreds of square feet of whiteboard space
  • Use of our private conference room (unless previously reserved)
  • Access to our shared lounge area (unless previously reserved)
  • Heat / air conditioning

Extras

  • Unlimited drinks (coffee, tea, filtered water, sodas and espresso) for $5 a day
  • High-speed WiFi for $5 a day
  • Access to a full kitchen (with stove, oven, fridges, sinks, etc.) for $5 a day
  • Equipment rental (external displays, wireless keyboards, etc.) for $5 a day per item
  • Multimedia projector rental (Epson EX51) for $15 an hour with $100 maximum
  • Locker space for your belongings (office supplies, external displays, headphones, etc.) for $5 a day

Individuals who have been members for a while and wish to be key-holders are welcome to speak with any of the founders. Key-holders have 24x7 access to Droplabs as well as all the above services and extras for a fixed monthly fee.

Space rental

Droplabs is available as a venue space for public and private events with a low security / cleaning fee of $50. If you return the space in the same or better condition, this fee is waived.

  • Daytime: $50 / hr with a minimum of 4 hour blocks (i.e. $200 minimum)
  • Evenings: $50 / hr with a minimum of 3 hours (i.e. $150 minimum)

Need extra chairs? No problem. We can provide extra chairs for $30 a day.

Exaltation of Larks
Founder
http://www.larks.la  
Droplabs
Robot Coordinator
http://droplabs.net  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Dragonslayer
http://drupal.la  

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