This is an non-profit association* in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, that aims to gather people around technology, DIY and art while maintaining an environment where people can live together and benefit from each other. As some sort of hackerspace that aims to allow its users to practice their skills and share knowledge in "everything", we try to have a diversity of people each with their own field of expertise. There is a workshop with TIG welding and quite a few interesting tools ; another electronics and computer workshop with quite a few parts to play with and enough room to setup a space for other activities.
* according to articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will be staying at the heart of time itself, slightly above the mythical 1000m AMSL altitude that served as a basis for time definition for many, many years and allowed humanity to better understand the relationship between time, altitude and local pressure. Usually quite sunny with some 2000 hours per year, the city is the home of quite a few brilliant watch makers, the architect Le Corbusier, and a pretty unique environment and fun night life if you're looking for this chilled mood unique to small cities where people mostly know each other while still being large enough to allow for surprises and constant discoveries. Last but not least (and far from that), the artistic middle is very present in La Chaux-de-Fonds, with a few brilliant (and friendly) artists and is thought by some to be "the new New York" with a higher artistic density than New York has now.
Lots of stuff is needed. Pretty much always something to do, making meals and cleaning out, gluing papers in the staircase, fixing or improving stuff around the house, being friendly and in a good mood, participating to the projects launched by me, the people already here and around here, and - why not - yourself? One of the project revolves around automating door management (and some other goodies) with RasperryPi-based hardware, so some help with programming (Python and/or C) is quite welcome.
There is a garden waiting to be worked in, with a backhoe loader, stuff to be grown, a fireplace for meals and parties, furniture to be designed and built, rooms to be decorated in the best possible style and comfort.
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The building is a block from the mid-sixties, with obviously some larger or smaller rooms, enough space for some 10 residents, and shared workshops/kitchens/bar/cinema/you_name_it. People coming here will each have their own room, food is provided for and prepared by the community, Internet access is obviously free and of decent quality.
Free time can be spent by making or contributing to art or technical projects, hiking on the region (the house is at the extreme limit of the city, with great view on both sides and endless hikes or biking trails). You can also visit the cradle of Absynth nearby, get drunk on this magical mixture, discover how cheese and watches are made, go to the museum, find and visit other artists nearby. The city is also somewhat famous for it's ice-hockey tradition so that's another thing you can do. There is also some possibility to ski around here, although I would personally recommend it only to beginners while you can get "the real stuff" in Valais some two hours away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I am myself "a geek amongst geeks" ; there is a wired and wireless network around the house, pretty good internet connection, printers, scanners, spare parts, screwdrivers... You should definitely have everything you need to work and fix your computer.
I have parked a 13-meter mobile home near the house in the past, and there's more room available. Electrical outlets and cold water are available outside at various places.
The bigger, the better ;-) Have an elephant? Feel free to take it with you. More seriously, I like most animals and have an easier time talking to them than to humans. In the house, animals are expected to behave like their human counterparts : be clean, friendly and reasonably quiet.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Minimum half of that.