We are a maker/hacker/whatever space and community workshop just getting started in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Chatt*lab logo is the asterisk. This is a representation of cross-linked resources and interests; and more importantly as a call to all makers to fill in the wildcard and make the space in your own image.
Some brief historical babble:
-Pre-Chatt*lab efforts were valiantly made by CHUGALUG members over the years which lay groundwork for our efforts. We could not be successful without the learnings and contributions from this group. For that we tip our white hats.
-In Jan/Feb 2012, a couple of posts on CHUGALUG inquired about the spectre of a makerspace. These were promptly shot down as ‘idealistic’ from previous experiences but those inquiries did not fall to the wayside.
-A series of makerspace planning meetings were announced in March 2012.
-Local makerspaces in Rome, Huntsville, Nashville and Memphis connected with us and vocalized their support for our efforts.
-After ~6 weeks of community meetings, a location was identified and secured, and a few key individuals were identified to work on making the space habitable, safe and properly equipped to a point to ensure some degree of success, loosely defined.
-These individuals, called founders, are not an exclusive club of elitists, but the poor suckers who spoke up too vociferously, had shiny metal objects in their basements, an excess of cash on hand, or, suffer the dreaded curse of just being too damn stubborn to stay away.
-This loose, grass roots crew has been carrying the torch of Chatt*lab from those early days; pushing for the charge given by the community: ‘It shall come to pass. Go forth and MAKE. Go forth and make this space for us!’
The rest is just hard work. Enough said.