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How to Dojo

AKA: I'm a member! Now what?


Welcome! Hacker Dojo is excited to have you as part of our membership; to help you with all the ins and outs of the community, we've compiled a run down of the various workings. Give it a read, and hopefully you'll feel more prepared to dive right in and start getting involved with the community. If you have any questions after reading, of course feel free to email info@ or another relevant internal mailing list.


Online Communication

Google Groups

Although member communication is not limited exclusively to the various email lists that we have, the majority of it does happen that way. With your membership, you are automatically signed up for the "announcements@" email list. This is a low traffic, moderated list. You are absolutely both welcome and encouraged to sign up to be part of more groups; especially if you want to help influence the way that our space is used.


The easiest way to join a group is from your Hacker Dojo inbox. Across the very top bar, you will see various tabs ("Calendar", "Drive," etc.) including one called "Groups." Hit that and you will be transported to a directory of all the different Hacker Dojo mailing lists! We'll get more into what each group does and when to contact which further along, but for now, go ahead and check out the Contact page for a brief overview.



Log is a micro-blogging application for the Dojo membership. Feel free to keep other members updated of your location/activity in the dojo, share with everyone your hacks, questions, ideas and projects! You will need to be logged in to your Hacker Dojo account in order to make use of Log.



Alchemy is a spiffy new way to ask for help from and offer services to your fellow Hacker Dojo members. You connect with it with either your Twitter or Facebook.



Many people come to and join Hacker Dojo for the community. However, not everyone has an easy time going about making friends, finding their niche in the community, or even just going up and saying "hi!" to someone. But don't fret- we're here to help with that! Currently Hacker Dojo has no official on-boarding process for new members. But there are a number of different ways to start getting into the "social scene" (so to speak), from different events to just knowing when and where to find people in the right mid frame to chatter.



Every second Wednesday (with a few exceptions) of the month is Member Dinner and the State of the Dojo Member Meeting. It starts at 7pm, and goes until ~8:00pm. Dinner is both free and delicious, and is absolutely a great time to come meet and mingle with your fellow members. Just grab a plate, serve yourself, and sit anywhere! Everyone there knows it's time to mingle and meet new people, so it's not at all awkward to sit down at a table, mention you're a new member and introduce yourself! The State of the Dojo: Member Meeting starts at 7:30. For a full schedule of these events, check out events.hackerdojo.com


If the second Wednesday of the month doesn't work for you, or if you want to really cut loose, then swing by Happy Hour some night. They're every Friday starting at around 7pm, and are open to members as well as guests. They're all member run, so bring a couple bucks, or something to share with the group (we are not above bribery, and this is a great way to get people to welcome you in even more enthusiastically!) Better yet, host one yourself!


At Dojo Visibility

To make your general presence at the Dojo known, we have a neat little feature. Up front on the huge kiosk screen, there is both a listing of Dojo events and a map of the Dojo. Once you've found yourself situated somewhere, click where you are to alert other folks of your presence! It's also great in case you're meeting up with someone- now they'll know exactly where to look for you!


Best times and places to go up and chatter to people

Let's say you can't make Friday nights, or the second Wednesday of every month. Or maybe you've done that, are feeling comfortable and confident, and are ready to start making friends outside of social events. Great! A lot of people aren't always sure where to start when it comes to interacting with folks during the day, so here are some tips and tricks based on combined observations and trial and error.


An important thing to keep in mind during the daytime normal "business hours" is that Hacker Dojo is also a co-working space. That means that between parties and classes, people are in the midst of serious business. They could be working on their start-up, doing contract work, or even in the middle of studying for a big law exam! This doesn't mean that they don't want to be your friend; it just means that walking up to someone with headphones on and hunched over their laptop will likely not give you the results you are looking for.


Instead, try talking to folks when you're in the kitchen while you make some coffee, grab some water, or heat up a burrito. Or hang out in the Rec Room and play some ping pong with your bad self. People always wander in there and will likely admire your skills and ask to play with you. Another option is to hang out in the first office on your right down the hall. Right now that seems to be a fairly chatty one, so you're sure to make connections that way.


Failing all this, if you have a robot companion, drive it around the Dojo. Everyone loves robots, so you'll have them coming to you!


Primary Mailing Lists & Their Functions

As mentioned previously, mailing lists are the primary way day-to-day tasks get accomplished at the Dojo. The amount fluxes, but there are a number of solid ones that are used to do things from approving events, accepting donations, to making purchases.



All of the code used to drive our sign-in machines to booking an event is on GitHub. We have a tremendously long wish list of features and bugs, so if you're handy at coding, please feel free to take a stab at it. Email internal-dev@hackerdojo.com if you have any questions; or join that group to be more involved with that part of the organization.


Also, check out our Hacker Dojo Code Tutorial. Don't let the 2011 date fool you- it is still quite relevant!


Marketing and Sponsorship

While Hacker Dojo primarily is financed through memberships, additional sponsorships and donations help us to provide above and beyond resources for our members, as well as make physical improvements to the space that we might not otherwise be able to.  In addition, we are also starting to save up towards buying a building of our very own one day, and donations help with that. If making a straight monetary donation outside of your monthly membership is not feasible for you financially, there are still a number of other ways that you can help us.

  • Forward your recruiting spam
  • Auction your talents or an "experience" off on Sunny Karma (make sure you mark Hacker Dojo as the cause you support.)
  • Bring some of our post cards (found up front, bottom drawer of black filing cabinet) to a convention, coffee shop, college, etc.