february 2014 nottingham hackspace members survey raw data

In February 2014 the Nottingham Hackpsace membership were offered the chance to complete a members survey. It was shared using the FREE Survey Monkey service. Of approximately 125 members at the start of February there were responses from 61 of those members. Some questions have no been shared below as they contain personal information or were general feedback on the survey.

There will be a presentation and discussion of the survey in the Blue Room at Nottingham Hackspace on (CHANGED) WEDNESDAY 26th March 2014. The survey was written and administered by me, Dominic Morrow  to act as an aid for future strategy making and direction for the Nottingham Hackspace. Specifically to inform choices and strategy for the next 18 months at Hackspace.

Thank you very much to everyone who took part. The feedback was very valuable. I’ve learned a lot about surveying from running this one and hope that I can run another survey in the summer. Kai Pays won the goody bag.

Q1. What is your most frequently used mode of travel to Nottingham Hackspace from your home or workplace?

Car (own parked near by)
59.02%
36
Car (shared/drop-off)
0%
0
Bicycle
6.56%
4
Motorcycle
1.64%
1
Bus/Coach
16.39%
10
Train
4.92%
3
On foot
11.48%
7
Other
0%
0
Total 61

Q2. Speaking generally how frequently do you visit Nottingham Hackspace? Only choose one that best describes your visiting frequency based on the last 12 months or based on your anticipated usage in the next 12 months?

Several times a week
21.31%
13
Once a week
18.03%
11
Several times a month
18.03%
11
About once a month
18.03%
11
Several times a quarter
3.28%
2
Once a quarter
11.48%
7
About once every six months
3.28%
2
Less than once every six months
1.64%
1
About once a year
3.28%
2
Almost never
1.64%
1
I do not attend Hackspace
0%
0
Total 61

Q3. What is the most likely reason for you to go to the Nottingham Hackspace? Please choose only one that is the most likely motivator for you to travel to the Nottingham Hackspace based on your most usual or most influential motivator on average. If you are frequently at Nottingham Hackspace, what motivated you the first few times you visited?

To use a specific tool or tools
11.48%
7
To associate with like minded people
19.67%
12
To socialise
4.92%
3
To use the internet
0%
0
To make something specific
19.67%
12
To make something for fun
8.20%
5
For an organised event (workshop/talk/party etc)
16.39%
10
For Open Night/Open Day
4.92%
3
To share my skills
1.64%
1
To learn new skills
6.56%
4
To speak to experts
0%
0
Just to see what it is or what has changed
0%
0
Other (please be concise)
6.56%
4
Total 61

*Showing 4 responses

1. There are 2 Q’s here ! (1) Internet (2) To learn new skills

2. Associate with like minded, and maybe to share / learn new skills in future

3. Virtual online projects AND building hardware projects, same visit.

4. To check I’ve not broken gatekeeper when I update HMS

Q4. Which activity or activity area at the Nottingham Hackspace do you personally value as the most useful to you? Please try to pick one activity at the Nottingham Hackspace that you most strongly identify with or that you aspire to participate in.

Woodwork
13.11%
8
Metalwork
9.84%
6
Bicycles (repair/build etc)
1.64%
1
Electronics (soldering/embedded etc)
18.03%
11
Laser cutting
16.39%
10
Spray painting
1.64%
1
Screen printing
0%
0
Crafts
1.64%
1
Textiles (sewing/knitting/clothes making)
3.28%
2
3D printers
1.64%
1
Programming
4.92%
3
Internet
1.64%
1
Cookery
0%
0
artistic work
0%
0
Co-working
1.64%
1
Photography
0%
0
Music
1.64%
1
Supply of parts/materials/junk
1.64%
1
Event or social night (bad movie/arduino night etc)
9.84%
6
Other (please specify)
11.48%
7
Total 61

*Showing 7 responses

1. Everything

2. workshop area in general

3. Invention of new concepts.

4. Internet Of Things (Electronics/Programming/Internet!)

5. Electronics *and* supply of junk – I can’t separate the two!

6. All of the above, sorry 🙂

7. Everything is of equal value (but if you forced me to pick I’d choose at least 5 options from the first two columns)

Q5. What making activity would you like there to be provision for at Nottingham Hackspace that we currently do not have equipment, space or a focus on? This can be any activity you would pursue or part-take in at the Nottingham Hackspace even if that activity would not or could not work at the Nottingham Hackspace today due to restrictions in suitable space etc.

Showing 40 responses

1. 3D printing. I would really like to see this fully working and inductions offered in the same way as the laser cutter is organised/charged for. the laser cutter system is very well organised and efficient. An easy way to charge for 3d printer use would be so many pence per centimeter of spool filament used. i.e. if a 1.75 mm filament length for 1 kg spool is roughly equal to 330 meters and costs £50, then this is approx. 15p per meter. if we charged 20p per meter of filament, that is a profit of £16.50 per spool which would be put to one side to maintain the device/buy more/better 3D printers in the future. we could also charge 30p/meter as a corporate activity for items non-hackspace members want printing and advertise online. Photography group/dslr camera loans a good dslr can be bought for <£400 and could be rented out to members who want to take it out of the space on loan for few days. A good quality 6×4 picture document feeder scanner for digitalising photos. i bet every member would have photos that they would appreciate scanning. we could pledge/buy the scanner and then rent use of it to non-hackspace members to cover the purchase price. SKYTV could we get a sky+2TB box and connect it to the projector. anyone can record programs, and it would be set to delete automatically when the harddrive fills – no one can keep programs. just the very basic package. i have bt broadband which means we could get BT sport for free to watch england rugby/football with all members. General Improvements: sink waste disposal unit in case anyone doesn’t know what it is – it is like a blender which sits beneath the kitchen sink and chops up food, bones, teabags etc and they then go down the drain. at the sewage plant they are broken down with all the other waste and made into compost/methane. it would mean that the kitchen bins would need emptying much less often and there would only be dry waste in the kitchen bin (think smells, unpleasantness of emptying as well as eco credentials). A lift if you get new premises, can we choose somewhere either on the ground floor or with a lift!

2. Vehicle maintenance facilities

3. Some more outdoor crafts – charcoal making, clay/brick oven, woodwork, bushcraft, etc.

4. Bio hacking and maybe bio energy stuff like making bio diesel.

5. The only thing I can think of, is a decent printer. A professional, large format printer, for posters, etc perhaps. Or some letterpress. Having said that, I don’t know how often I would use them. So not sure why I suggested.

6. I love Mod Rock and Clay.

7. I’d like to make a Hovercraft, or a starship :), an android, a music video

8. Engine – eering (steam, IC, petrol, diesel) Vehicle works Large scale welding Ceramic kiln automated or semi-automated knitting (e.g. knitting machine) Book-binding

9. Welding. I think we can do it now, but it’s not clear how

10. I’d like to be able to make vacu-form molds, but I don’t think there’s a device available to do this yet.

11. Welding. I would like to learn how to weld and be given instruction on the tools that are there.

12. More workshops to teach groups metalwork

13. I really miss the CNC router. It wasn’t the best, but was incredibly useful and great to learn on. The other thing would be proper blacksmith/forge area. Obviously the space isn’t suitable at the moment, but for hackspace 3 i would love it.

14. Metal casting.

15. Car maintenance

16. Vehicular builds.

17. Right now – bending aluminium to make a box. But the answer might be different next week.

18. Sheet Metal Work (Cutting / folding) Precision brazing / Silver soldering. CNC milling / machining (wood / plastic / metal) CNC PCB drilling

19. – Large CNC milling machine or router – Vinyl cutter – Cleaning area for bikes or other large things with hose and drainage facilities

20. Time-Travel – I don’t have enough time with a family & full-time (often away from home) job. Am hoping to get my kids more involved as they get older – my daughter came to the shrink plastic jewelry workshop & she enjoyed it.

21. I’d like the plans for the kitchen to advance, to allow a better quality and variety of food to be cooked.

22. Fine woodworking – especially furniture making

23. TIG/MIG welding (AFAIK, we don’t yet have a working set up including gas and all the stuff we need).

24. Metal milling.

25. Usable lathe and CNC mill/lathe would be really awesome. Currently these seem to be in limbo.

26. Group instruction events/courses for: a) laser cutter b) lathe c) milling machine – because it feels too much like relying on good-will to organise individual tuition.

27. Labs for amateur science (biology/chemistry/physics).

28. CNC machine

29. Regular craft workshops and events.

30. A wet room for dyeing, painting, pottery and the like. Plus an outdoors area for gardening and rockets. And a better kitchen.

31. Would like to see an improved “crafts area” (or at least have the table moved two feet further from the wall and resurfaced so nsnag free – helps a lot with textile work). Not impressed with the clutter that’s accumulated underneath it – this could really be better used for craft storage, for example.

32. Rapid prototyping: plug and play 3D printer, CNC, etc.

33. Access to a kiln for ceramics.

34. Metal turning

35. Motorcycle maintenance – although that might be a better job for an actual garage/workshop than the space.

36. CNC milling.

37. Pottery

38. Model Rocketry, BBQs, Baloons, Foundry work

39. I would like to be able to have outdoor social events, maybe grow a few vegetables and do out door work. I would like to see a higher standard of kitchen (close to pro-level) for learning catering or experimenting with food. I would like the space to be as warm and comfortable in winter as it is cool and comfortable in summer and be appropriate for running more taught workshops and talks.

40. A bigger Laser please

Q7. Please choose the closest response to your personal opinion to these statements about Nottingham Hackspace. Please take these statements at face value and give your gut response. Response statistics will be used for informing further discussion and are only an indicator of your general view rather than a vote for or against each statement and these results will not result in any official decisions without further consultation and discussion probably at an AGM.

Nottingham Hackspace should…

 

continuously seek new members to join
79.66%
47
13.56%
8
6.78%
4
0%
0
 
59
seek a larger venue
70.49%
43
19.67%
12
1.64%
1
8.20%
5
 
61
be no more than 10/15 minutes walk from Nottingham city centre
55.93%
33
15.25%
9
6.78%
4
22.03%
13
 
59
have free nearby parking
68.85%
42
6.56%
4
0%
0
24.59%
15
 
61
have outdoor space
52.46%
32
18.03%
11
3.28%
2
26.23%
16
 
61
aim to grow larger
73.77%
45
14.75%
9
1.64%
1
9.84%
6
 
61
stay the way it is now
5%
3
28.33%
17
51.67%
31
15%
9
 
60
improve the quality of tools/infrastructure
88.33%
53
6.67%
4
5%
3
0%
0
 
60
seek funding from Government initiatives
44.26%
27
24.59%
15
22.95%
14
8.20%
5
 
61
allow corporate sponsorships
27.87%
17
18.03%
11
49.18%
30
4.92%
3
 
61
engage in crowd-funding ventures
62.30%
38
27.87%
17
8.20%
5
1.64%
1
 
61
engage in commercial activity
22.95%
14
29.51%
18
39.34%
24
8.20%
5
 
61
employ staff for key tasks
30%
18
31.67%
19
28.33%
17
10%
6
 
60
engage contractors for key tasks
47.54%
29
31.15%
19
13.11%
8
8.20%
5
 
61
fund youth residencies or apprenticeships
19.67%
12
36.07%
22
32.79%
20
11.48%
7
 
61
provide private rent-able work-spaces
26.23%
16
19.67%
12
44.26%
27
9.84%
6
 
61

This data is free to use in the public domain but I ask anyone using it link to http://nottinghack.org.uk and this blog.