Hacklab Belgrade 2013 Report

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On 9 eFebruary 2013 your journalist visited Hacklab Belgrade with the intention of understanding sudo room in greater context. Here are some findings.

Hacklab Belgrade is relatively small in populace, area, and aspiration, but remarkably solid and cohesive in spite of - or because of - it's targeted scope.


Existing not in commercial space at all, but a donated first-floor apartment, Hacklab, if used for it's orginal intention, would be warming, showering, and dishwashing the everyday lives of at most 2 Serbian citizens. As it is, living room and bedroom house the main hack area which when I arrived was the combined chamber 6 serbs attending the the weekly python workshop run by Macedonian. In the middle of git-pushing their work and rearranging the furniture for that night's screening of torrented "The Pirate Bay, Away From Keyboard," I managed to strike up a few interviews with the ragamuffins in exchange for some swigs of the 2.5L bottle of lager, and local wax-topped 'Rakija'. In no particular order:

Hacklab and gender-minority involvement


Of the eight people that were at Hacklab pythoning before I arrived, three of them were women. Impressed by this minor imbalance I questioned on such female, Daria (pictured above), if she could conjecture a reason. Yugoslavia, she answered. Communist and socialist Yugoslavia had strong feminism-activist lines and ideals. Inclusion was a theme that was taught and practiced in aspects of everyday life of the multi-ethnic Yugoslavia, which of course predates Hackerspaces. Although Daria and the other Serbo-hackers lived only infancy before the state divisions - fracturing arguably because of intolerance - she still insists that some perhaps nostalgic heritage lives on. Arandjel, an ex-student-activist was more skeptical to draw this link. He spun his phone on the table as Milosh, the reason why Serbia has the most active Wikinews of any language, theorized a connection between the hackerspace and the Yugoslavic tradition of socially-owned companies. Socially-owned companies were to Yugoslavic socialism, as cooperatives are to capitalism; and enjoyed considerable success. A civil engineering firm run by anarcho-feminists became a vanguard example of what socially-owned companies could achieve even granting their own internal diplomas that were later externally recognized. Such a genetic code I commented would be a fertile breeding ground for hackerspaces. Milosh answered yes, but it wasn't until post-war Serbian salaries had increased to include a monthly fat of 1,000 dinar ($13) that a hackerspace became viable. This qualifying Arandjel noted, would actually be an argument for a Yugoslavian mentality lending a predicliction for self-organized communities, with the price of a few happy-meals being the only barrier to realization.

Activities and Schedule

COQ- 6 times as slow.

Membership and Finance

No memembership. schedule but no meetings and noisebridge conensus.

Payment, money.