Week 346 – Over There, in the Virtual Distance…

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 22 January, 7:00pm-9:00pm Wearables Group
Thursday 25 January, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night

The Big Move

With our move to the Tapestry looming, we’re including a brief update on how things are going each week.

John and Zarino are still chasing down quotes for building the walls to separate off the workshop, meeting rooms, etc. We’ve had a price in for our walls from one contractor but trying to see if we can reduce it as it’s currently very high.

They were also working over the weekend to take some contractors around the space and try to get more quotes in.

And there have been long discussions over the toilet doors (details over differing floor levels in that area). There’s a site visit again today. Still to be determined, although we’re pretty sure this won’t be the final layout… 😉

There are lots of things to do, both with the move and in preparation for the move. If you want to help out, check the DoES Move label on the Somebody Should issue list, or get in touch.

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 182 open, 468 closed

1 new issue:

 

Featured issue: Dinky Kindle should be more intelligent. Can we move this on or close it?

 

1 issue closed:

Thanks johnmckerrell!

Community Content

DoES exists to support the community that uses DoES. If you use DoES, then you are part of that community. If you would like to publicise something related to DoES, you can email hello@doesliverpool.com with the formatted content for us to use as a new blog post. Tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll show the world what epic stuff happens at DoES!

Week 345 – The Oscilloscope Vector Games Console

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Wednesday 17 January, 6:30pm-8:00pm Friends of the Earth
Thursday 18 January, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night

The Big Move

With our move to the Tapestry looming, we’re including a brief update on how things are going each week.

There are lots of things to do, both with the move and in preparation for the move. If you want to help out, check the DoES Move label on the Somebody Should issue list, or get in touch.

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 182 open, 467 closed

4 new issues:

Featured issue: Look at whether there are any “no strings” funding sources to assist with the move. Can we move this on or close it?

2 issues closed:

Thanks amcewen, jackie1050!

Community Content

DoES exists to support the community that uses DoES. If you use DoES, then you are part of that community. If you would like to publicise something related to DoES, you can email hello@doesliverpool.com with the formatted content for us to use as a new blog post. Tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll show the world what epic stuff happens at DoES!

Week 344 – What’s the QR Code for the Move?

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 08 January, 7:00pm-9:00pm Wearables Group
Wednesday 10 January, 7:00pm-9:00pm Linux User Group
Thursday 11 January, 9:00am-6:00pm Jelly Liverpool
Thursday 11 January, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night
Saturday 13 January, 10:00am-5:00pm Maker Day

The Big Move

With our move to the Tapestry looming, we’re including a brief update on how things are going each week.

John and Zarino are still chasing down quotes for the fit-out, and had a site meeting with one of the candidates yesterday.  And in the general renovation work they’ve been deciding on the location/spec for the heating and lighting to go in.

If you want a sneak preview, don’t forget there’s a community visit on Thursday.

There are lots of things to do, both with the move and in preparation for the move. If you want to help out, check the DoES Move label on the Somebody Should issue list, or get in touch.

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 180 open, 465 closed

3 new issues:

Featured issue: Log and Catalogue All Items During Move. Can we move this on or close it?

No issues closed

Community Content

DoES exists to support the community that uses DoES. If you use DoES, then you are part of that community. If you would like to publicise something related to DoES, you can email hello@doesliverpool.com with the formatted content for us to use as a new blog post. Tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll show the world what epic stuff happens at DoES!

Week 343 – Happy New Year!

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Wednesday 03 January, 6:00pm-9:00pm Cycling Campaign Group
Thursday 04 January, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night

The Big Move

With our move to the Tapestry looming, we’re including a brief update on how things are going each week.

A few more people got to see the new space last week as we hefted the massive (new, not-yet-functioning) laser-cutter from where we’d stashed it at the Tapestry and onto our floor in the building.

The new space is looking great, although with still a reasonable amount of work to be done before we can move in. Most noticeable is that the toilets on our floor (there are another three on the ground floor that we’ll share with the rest of the building too) are yet to go in. Part of that was down to us finalising how many toilets we wanted. Rather than squeeze in three toilets, we’ve opted for two, as that lets us have a fully accessible toilet in our space (in addition to one on the ground floor). That’s all finalised now, so will let the work on that carry on.

However, you don’t have to take our word for it, you can come along for a look yourself (don’t worry, no lifting of laser-cutters required) on January 11th at 10am. Check the Google Group for full details of the visit.

In preparing-for-the-move news, Jackie and Chris Thompson took advantage of the festive break to do a load of sorting out in the workshop and storeroom in Dinky. Lots of stuff has moved into the staging room, junk cleared out, etc., which should make it easier to rearrange and sort through what’s left. They’ve also been deploying the first of the “Notices of Disposal” on things where it’s not clear who they belong to (i.e. not on someone’s desk or in their labelled box), or whether we should be taking them to the new space. Don’t panic if you think you might have something knocking around that could fall under it, it’ll be a few weeks before anything with a notice on gets disposed of, but we do want to encourage you to come in and label your things clearly or take them home 😀

There are lots of things to do, both with the move and in preparation for the move. If you want to help out, check the DoES Move label (stats: 41 open, 24 closed) on the Somebody Should issue list, or get in touch.

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 177 open, 465 closed

4 new issues:

Featured issue: do a major service on Gerald. Can we move this on or close it?

1 issue closed:

Thanks goatchurchprime!

Community Content

DoES exists to support the community that uses DoES. If you use DoES, then you are part of that community. If you would like to publicise something related to DoES, you can email hello@doesliverpool.com with the formatted content for us to use as a new blog post. Tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll show the world what epic stuff happens at DoES!

Week 342 – Merry Christmas!

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Nothing, we’re closed for the Christmas break.

The Big Move

With our move to the Tapestry looming, we’re including a brief update on how things are going each week.

The renovation is running a late, so we won’t get the keys at the start of January any more.  However, we’re looking at ways to overlap the fit-out with the tail end of renovation so things aren’t delayed too much.

John and Zarino are getting quotes for the fit-out work (mostly electrics and building some walls) as we need that to start ASAP.

Aside from that, the main work to be getting on with is sorting out the existing space ready for the move. As you’ll have seen above, we’ve set up an area to stage things ready for the move and help with the tidying and labelling.

There are lots of things to do, both with the move and in preparation for the move. If you want to help out, check the DoES Move label (stats: 40 open, 24 closed) on the Somebody Should issue list, or get in touch.

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 174 open, 464 closed

12 new issues:

Featured issue: Plan the excellent internet in the new space.

11 issues closed:

Thanks jackie1050, amcewen, DoESsean!

Community Content

DoES exists to support the community that uses DoES. If you use DoES, then you are part of that community. If you would like to publicise something related to DoES, you can email hello@doesliverpool.com with the formatted content for us to use as a new blog post. Tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll show the world what epic stuff happens at DoES!

Week 341 – We Have the Lasers, Alex Seems to be Getting the Sharks

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Tuesday 19 December, 1:00pm-2:00pm Mince Pie Tasting
Wednesday 20 December, 6:30pm-8:00pm Friends of the Earth
Thursday 21 December, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 173 open, 453 closed

11 new issues:

Featured issue: Perform an audit of the small tools, etc in the Workshop.

34 issues closed:

Thanks amcewen, huffeec, goatchurchprime, DoESsean, johnmckerrell!

Community Content

DoES exists to support the community that uses DoES. If you use DoES, then you are part of that community. If you would like to publicise something related to DoES, you can email hello@doesliverpool.com with the formatted content for us to use as a new blog post. Tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll show the world what epic stuff happens at DoES!

Week 340 – Laser-cutting for Christmas

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 11 December, 7:00pm-9:00pm Wearables Group
Thursday 14 December, 9:00am-6:00pm Jelly Liverpool
Thursday 14 December, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night
Saturday 16 December, 2:00pm-4:00pm Community Meeting
Saturday 16 December, 4:00pm-10:00pm DoES Christmas Party

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 196 open, 419 closed

3 new issues:

Featured issue: Improve workshop accessibility.

6 issues closed:

Thanks jackie1050, DoESsean, amcewen, johnmckerrell!

Community Content

DoES exists to support the community that uses DoES. If you use DoES, then you are part of that community. If you would like to publicise something related to DoES, you can email hello@doesliverpool.com with the formatted content for us to use as a new blog post. Tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll show the world what epic stuff happens at DoES!

Week 339 – Deploying Neopixels for Christmas

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Wednesday 06 December, 7:00pm-9:00pm Liverpool Linux User Group
Thursday 07 December, 6:30pm-9:00pm Lock Picking Event
Thursday 07 December, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night
Saturday 09 December, 10:00am-5:00pm Maker Day

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 199 open, 413 closed

2 new issues:

 

Featured issue: Look at whether there are any “no strings” funding sources to assist with the move.  Can we move this on or close it?

7 issues closed:

Thanks johnmckerrell, DoESsean!

Community Content

DoES exists to support the community that uses DoES. If you use DoES, then you are part of that community. If you would like to publicise something related to DoES, you can email hello@doesliverpool.com with the formatted content for us to use as a new blog post. Tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll show the world what epic stuff happens at DoES!

Week 338 – Libraries, Lights and Hacking Health

Each week we’ll endeavour to publish some details of the interesting things that members of DoES Liverpool have been up to over the past seven days. You can find out a bit more about them in our introductory post.

And remember, if you’re involved with DoES Liverpool at all, let us know what you get up to so we can include it here!

Things of Note

Coming Up in the Next Week

Monday 27 November, 7:00pm-9:00pm Wearables Group
Thursday 30 November, 6:30pm-9:00pm Maker Night

Somebody Should

The DoES Liverpool to-do list is stored in the issues of our Somebody Should repository on github. Head over there if there’s something you’d like to report, or if you want to help out fixing things.

See all the issues…

Issue counts: 204 open, 406 closed

6 new issues:

3 issues closed:

Thanks goatchurchprime, DoESsean, DefProc!

Community Content

DoES exists to support the community that uses DoES. If you use DoES, then you are part of that community. If you would like to publicise something related to DoES, you can email hello@doesliverpool.com with the formatted content for us to use as a new blog post. Tell us what you’re up to, and we’ll show the world what epic stuff happens at DoES!

Announcing our new home, and DoES membership!

It’s been over 3 months since I last posted something about DoES Liverpool’s plan to move, and what a busy time it’s been. We’ve firmed up our plans to move and we’ve also managed to get some new people signed up so that we can be a lot happier about being able to afford what is looking like an exciting expansion of the DoES Liverpool coworking space and workshop. We actually announced this in person during our birthday party and have dropped quite obvious hints and mentions on Twitter, but somehow posting it to our blog feels more official. I am very happy to be able to announce:

DoES Liverpool is moving to The Tapestry, a newly renovated classic building in what will soon be known as The Fabric District.

This move should be a great new start for DoES Liverpool as we work through our seventh year. DoES Liverpool will be always be DoES Liverpool, but with double the floor space we’ll be able to do that much more. We will have a bigger, better events space; multiple meeting rooms; quiet corners to take a call and a nice space to hang out, drink coffee* and have a chat. While still offering the best coworking and workshop facilities in the city! (* other beverages are available)

The Fabric District is across the city between London Road and Islington. The map below illustrates our old location (red) and the new (green), we’ve also highlighted Lime Street Station to show the great transport links we’ll continue to have in our new location.

Jason Abbott, one of the owners of the Tapestry, and a number of other stakeholders are really pushing to develop the area into a great place to live and make things. They’re trying to do it in such a way that doesn’t push out the great people who are already running businesses there now, hoping to embrace their work and bring more people, and customers, into the area!

They’re still working to finish the building, and once that’s finished we then need to get in and get the space ready for our own purposes. We’re expecting to have the keys at the beginning of January and will then work to get the space ready as fast as possible. We’re working on the plans for this but we’re really hopeful to get things done as fast as possible and to be in by February.

The move to a new space is such a large change for DoES Liverpool, our first move in over 6 years, so this seems like an obvious time to make some changes to our pricing structure.

One key thing we’re doing is making membership an official thing. We’re ever thankful to Francis Irving for suggesting the “Friends of DoES” scheme and now we’re bringing that in as part of our pricing model. If you setup a monthly £10 payment then you are considered a “Friend of DoES”, we truly appreciate the people that do this and we know that people like having this option to signal their support for DoES Liverpool and our mission to support a vibrant community of makers in Liverpool. See this page for how to sign up.

This restructure does mean increasing our standard prices but we’re going to take this opportunity to offer discounts on these prices to our members as well. The larger size of the new venue and the ability to offer 24/7 access means we can add a few more services to the list as you’ll see below:

 

Description Price Member Price
Single Day
(Workshop* or Desk)
£12/day £10/day
Out of Hours Workshop £35/month £25/month
Monthly Workshop £65/month £50/month
Flexidesk £80/month £70/month
Monthly desk £180/month £165/month
Registered Address/Mailbox £99/year £79/year
Storage per cubic feet per month £3 £3

* – Gerald surcharge of £2/usage still applies

There’s a few new things on that list I can tell you about. The first is the “Flexidesk” option. This is somewhere between the hot desk day and the full monthly desk option. We really want it to allow people to pop in for short periods without having to stress about paying a half day for a few hours, or rushing out before their half day turns into a full day. It’s similar to our “all you can eat, but don’t take the mickey” workshop option that lets you come and go as you please but reflects the fact that we expect Flexidesk users to be in more often. We’re not going to be stressing about how often you’re in and we don’t want you to either, we just want to see more of you!

We’re now splitting the workshop offering into two, one for people who are likely to be in during the daytime and one for people who are more likely to be in “out of hours”. We’d expect this to be like peak and off-peak and have priced it accordingly, it’ll be interesting to see what changes when we have much extended opening hours.

Finally, we’ve come up with a price to cover general storage. We’re hoping this works out and is a fair price, considering our biggest outlay is rent – i.e the physical space – we really need to be able to recoup that cost and if you’re storing stuff at DoES you’re definitely making use of the space. All of the monthly costs already include some storage but if you find you need more, you can now pay us for it!

These price changes will help to make sure we can cover the running costs but getting the space ready in the first place and getting everything moved over is going to stretch our current finances so we’re also planning to run a crowdfunding drive to help us to cover that. There’ll be more information once we have a better idea of the costs involved.

We’re keeping the old prices until we move into the Tapestry but if you want to take advantage of the Flexidesk option you can do that straight away, just get in touch at hello@doesliverpool.com! Similarly if you have any questions about the move please get in touch. There’s so much more to tell about this story and we will continue to update you but hopefully we can alleviate any concerns you might have.

Finally lets close out with the current plan for room layout and some photos from within the (unfinished) space. This layout isn’t final yet and the furniture shown is just a guide but it’s still an exciting glimpse at the future capabilities of DoES Liverpool!