Project Awesome is a way for HacDC members to fund projects and increase the awesomeness of the space. Any members can propose a project, and each member can vote on the projects they want to support. Each month, any funds beyond our expenses get divided among the active projects according to the member votes. Here is the full proposal (approved by the members at the 11 Sept 2012 meeting).
 Voting for Projects
Each HacDC member gets one vote which can be divided among the active projects as desired. To vote, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on how you would like your vote divided (e.g. "100% to PROJECT_A" or "50% each to PROJECT_B and PROJECT_C".) Your vote will stay in force until changed.
 Supporting Projects
If you would like to support one of the Project Awesome projects with an additional donation, just send funds to HacDC (using PayPal, Dwolla, or a paper check) and include the project code as a comment. The money will be earmarked for use in the project you have selected!
 Project List
Members of HacDC can vote to support one of these projects by sending an email with the project code to 'email@example.com'.
|Project Awesome Projects|
|LASER||Dan Barlow||dan.r.barlow at gmail.com||Suspended||PA_LaserCutter||Buy, set up, and run a laser cutter for the space|
|CHEAP LASER||James Sullivan||kimosullivan at hotmail.com||Active||Cheap Chinese Laser||Improve the laser safety, utility, and reliability|
|BYZANTIUM||Ben Mendis||dragonwisard at gmail.com||Suspended||http://www.project-byzantium.org||Build a rapidly deployable mesh network|
|KITBUILD||Alberto Gaitán||alberto.gaitan at gmail.com||Suspended||PA_KitBuild||Buy tools and kits for electronic kit-building workshops|
|SUPPLIES||mirage335||spamfreemirage335 at gmail.com||Active||Category:PA_SUPPLIES||Repair equipment. Maintain consumables, office supplies, spare parts, and other items routinely needed or sold at HacDC|
|EXPANSION||mirage335||spamfreemirage335 at gmail.com||Active||Category:PA_EXPANSION||Buy and/or build tools and equipment, with focus on rapid expansion of HacDC capabilities. Expansion categories include without exception, manufacturing, electronics, optics, particle physics, semiconductor fabrication, and biohacking.|
|SPACECAM||Don Jones||k6zo at arrl.net||Suspended||Project_SPACECAM||Purchase webcams to broadcast space activities on Ustream/website.|
|HAMRADIO||Don Jones||k6zo at arrl.net||Active||Fund the maintenance, expansion of capabilities, and enhancement of the Amateur Radio Station (desk in the SW corner of the classroom and antennas on the roof). Also to accept external donations.|
|SEM||Ethan Waldo||ethan.waldo at gmail.com||Active||PA_SEM||Formalize, fund, and accelerate the efforts required to realize a fully operational Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) including its operation, maintenance, and stewardship.|
|OTR||Julia Longtin||president at hacdc.org||Active||PA_OTR||Optical Table Robot includes work to build the large-format multi-tool on the basement optical table (3D printer, laser cutter, pick-n-place, router) as well as work to purchase and upgrade a smaller laser cutter tool for classroom use.|
|CRISPR||Enrique Cobas||treasurer at hacdc.org||Active||PA_CRISPR||CRISPR-Cas9 is a revolutionary new gene-editing technique. Project CRISPR aims to purchase an educational DIY CRISPR Demo Kit ($130), learn and discuss some details of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing process, perform and document the demo experiment several times at HacDC and explore interest in microbiology at HacDC going forward.|