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Restart Tampa

Join us for Restart Tampa! We're opening our doors to the community to help fix broken technology and appliances. The event is free. Our restart party is a collaborative process, not a "free repair." Repairs are done along with the item's owner. We do this to share skills and empower the community to become responsible consumers.

We're planning a food truck (or two), music and a community electronics recycling project. Come fix with us!

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  • Tampa H.

    What should you bring?

    We still need a sound system to play some music outside in the waiting area. Please let me know ASAP
    Being the first event of its kind, we're not sure how much traffic we'll get. I'd rather be prepared for a lot of visitors rather than be overwhelmed by a huge crowd.

    If you volunteered to be a fixer or work with the recycling, bring tools.
    Otherwise, bring what you can from this list:

    Coolers with Ice
    Tailgating chairs
    Folding tables
    Pop up canopy
    Tools, particularly battery powered and specialty bits
    Laptops (for googling repair instructions)
    Work Gloves
    Eye protection
    Recycling bins

    Be sure to label everything so misplaced items can be returned to their owners.

    November 8, 2013

  • Tampa H.

    Volunteers will be organized into the following teams:

    Restarters - people working with the public to fix stuff

    Public Relations - Greeters for the welcome table and hosts to shepherd people to the restart area and help with crowd control (if needed). I think the most important crowd control element will be helping people find the bathrooms.

    Recyclers - People involved in the recycling projects (listed below)
    Working computers - Load LINUX and Minecraft
    Non-working PCs and tech - tear down for recycler
    Circuit boards - salvage heat sinks for our forge
    Pre-sort - separate high value items from the bulk recycle items
    LCD Displays - If not repairable, scavenge usable parts - recycle the rest

    Runners - Transferring stuff from point A to point B

    November 8, 2013

  • Tampa H.

    Hi Restarters!

    First, thank you for volunteering to help out at the first Restart Party in North America! We're excited about the event and have been working hard to organize everything.
    The event is this Saturday, November 9th from 1 to 4 PM. We'll be there to setup starting around 11am. If you volunteered to help setup, please be there then. If you are not helping setup, please be there by 12:15 so we can get everything squared away before we start helping people at 1:00.

    November 8, 2013

  • Darrell V.

    after i saw that I could do other stuff other than repair (which i am skeered to because i'll prolly make it worse) like help tear down and do some behind the scenes stuff, i changed mine from no to yes. Evan has a double header football game(s) starting around 1pm (they only last 1 hour each) but after that i can come and probably be there in time to help close up.

    November 5, 2013

  • terre t.

    Just curious - why Gramling? Is he a closet maker? And I told the guys at Verizon- they din't even know there WAS a hackerspace but some seemed very interested.

    November 3, 2013

    • terre t.

      can i have one?

      November 4, 2013

    • terre t.

      Verizon asked what we wanted from them and I said nothing- just letting them know. They were surprised I think.

      November 4, 2013

  • Shane M.

    I read somewhere about a 'practice run' for those volunteering, but I can't seem to find the meeting details about when that dry run will occur.

    October 22, 2013

    • Tampa H.

      Dry runs are Tuesday Open Make Nights. Bring repairable items and we'll see what we can do with them.

      October 24, 2013

  • Tampa H.

    We've added two sponsors to the event. Our recycling partner is Urban e-Recyling ( ) and Gramling Envirormental Law ( ) made a nice donation to the hackerspace.

    2 · October 24, 2013

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