Hacklab Belgrade 2013 Report
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 before I arrived who were pythoning, three of them were women. Impressed by this small imbalance I questioned on such female, Daria (pictured above), if she could identify a reason. Yugoslavia, she answered. Communist and socialist Yugoslavia had strong feminist-activist lines, which translated
COQ- 6 times as slow.
No memembership. schedule but no meetings and noisebridge conensus.