Resource Use Policy
HacDC makes resources available for member and community use. HacDC must ensure that these resources are used responsibly and within any applicable guidelines set down by suppliers of those resources.
Note: This policy is still subject to member review and approval
Space Use Policy
- Respect your fellow members.
- Keep the space as available as possible for as many purposes as possible
- Work takes precedence over sociailizing.
- Members are responsible for their actions as well as those of their guests.
- Always remember to properly clean and secure the space before leaving.
All members shall have as much physical access as possible to the leased space of HacDC.
When full access is limited, ministers shall always have full access. Otherwise, no unreasonable request for full access will be denied. All those with full access bear additional responsibilities for enabling full access to all members.
- Public Events
- Social Networking (i.e. Hanging Out)
Members are encouraged to schedule public events. Public events are, by default, open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Any member may schedule a public event at least one week in advance by simply:
- Scheduling the event on the HacDC Events Calendar
- Making a blog post about the event
- Posting about the event (with a link to the blog post) to the members list
Members should publicize public events.
Members are encouraged to work on projects while they're at the space. Projects that help support the space as a whole take priority over other projects.
Members actively working on a project take precedence over any potential social gathering. Members engaged in projects and members engaged in socializing should beware of this, and adjust their activities accordingly.
Members engaged in an active project may request other members to curtail or limit any activity which interferes with their pursuit of an active project. This is why members are strongly encouraged to bring their guests during a public event.
Members may bring guests to help work on projects and recruit those guests to become members!
Social collaboration is another important aspect to HacDC. Effective working relationships are often built or reinforced over casual social gathering. HacDC should function as a Third Space, allowing members and their guests to build interpersonal relationships outside the scope of working on an active project.
As such, members are subject to no hard limitation on the number of guests they can bring into the space, as long as they accept full responsibility for the guests they bring.
Donated Resources Policy
Donated resources should be used in the following order of priority:
- HacDC Infrastructure or Tools Collection
- Member-Approved Projects
- All Other Projects
It is assumed that, given these parameters, members will work out the best use of donated resources as quickly as possible.
Incoming donations that do not find their way into the HacDC infrastructure, set aside for a project or identified as valuable for future use in its donated form should be, in the following order of priority:
- Cannibalized for usable parts, craft projects and/or disassembled for educational purposes
- Donated to another non-profit organization who could divert the donation from the waste stream
- Granted to a member who promises to divert the item from the waste stream and not sell the item for personal gain. (Must notify Central Services for compliance reasons before acquiring or removing resources donated to HacDC.)
- Sold to any for-profit organization or individual willing to pay for it
Finally, property which remains without purpose or plan for more than one month will be sent away for responsible e-waste recycling.
Tools & Equipment Use
- Use tools and equipment responsibly.
- Put tools and equipment away where they belong in a way that best preserves their usefulness.
- When in doubt, ask for help and training.
- Don't act in a way that would lead to expansion of this policy.
Inventory Use Policy
Feel free to donate food or beverages to HacDC! However, if you use them (or after you've donated them), please pay the standard price for all drinks/etc that you consume. Coffee is the only exception to this rule.
Purchased parts come from the HacDC General Fund. Members agree to do "bulk buys" of parts that many projects at HacDC can use. Sometimes the components are much more cheaply purchased in batches of 100s or 1000s. The use of purchased parts requires:
- Specific active project status
- Periodic reports to the Inventory Bot of parts used
- Willingness to do project fundraising or reimburse the general fund if funding for that project is or becomes available.
Purchased parts MAY NOT be used for personal or commercial projects.
Donated parts come from:
- Donors (people who give us stuff)
- Equipment (i.e. salvaged from non-working equipment in the bone yard)
- Other projects or purchased parts no longer actively carried in inventory.
These parts will be used in the following priority:
- An active project that salvages, donates or otherwise acquires the part
- Other active projects
- Set aside for other projects, with a defined expiration date
- Other non-profit or eligible organizations who require salvaged parts
- Any other use where salvaged parts shall be immediately used and diverted from the waste stream
- Recycled (when no useful purpose can be found)
Internet Use Policy
We are subject to the Speakeasy Terms of Service
All users of the HacDC internal network are responsible for ensuring they are in compliance with the Speakeasy TOS.