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Can my company host an event at Hacker Dojo? How much does it cost?

Thank you for your interest in hosting your event at Hacker Dojo. However we are not a traditional event venue.  The Dojo is a non-profit community center with nearly 400 members. Event hosting is a membership perk. If you want to host an event here, we invite you to become a member of our community for a little while, attend a few events yourself, get to know the rules, etc. Then you are welcome to host your event here at Hacker Dojo for free!


Companies may also be interested in sponsoring Hacker Dojo. Hacker Dojo has helped dozens of companies gain attention in Silicon Valley, helping them hire engineers, publicize their brand, market their APIs, and more. Depending on the sponsorship tier, one of the perks is having an event hosted at the Dojo. Contact sponsorships@hackerdojo.com for more information.


Who can host events at Hacker Dojo?

Any current member of Hacker Dojo can host an event. Event requests may be submitted by any member, but non-members will need to find a member to act as the host for their event. The host (member) is responsible for the event from the point of view of the Dojo, including ensuring that it follows all rules.


Is there any way to have an event at Hacker Dojo without being a member?

We generally prefer that if you’re curious in holding an event you become a member yourself since you’ll be more in tune with the community. However, we do recognize that sometimes holding a one-off event happens, and membership isn’t the best option for you. In that case, you are welcome to find a member to host the event on your behalf.


How can I find a host for my event?

To find a host for your event, you would need to do some networking at the Dojo or find a member of your group who is a Dojo member. Please keep in mind that the events@ team is not a “yenta” service, and is unable help you find a member to host your event.


Can I join just to host one event?

While $100 for one month’s membership may seem a cheap price to get event space, it’s not really within the spirit of the Hacker Dojo community to join just for that purpose. However, it’s not forbidden and it would be one way to host an event. We’d hope that you enjoy the Dojo enough to remain as a member afterward.


Is it okay to bring in outside food and/or beverages?

Outside food and beverages are both allowed. Please remember to clean up after yourself, and if there is not enough space in the dumpster that you haul your excess trash away with you. A great resource for this service is South Bay Haul Away. You can reach them by calling (408) 661-1743.


What sort of setup/take down services to you provide?

As mentioned, Hacker Dojo is not a traditional events venue, therefore setup and take down is all on you. If your event requires a large amount of setup and/or take down, then it’s recommended you do two things, the first of which is to arrive in plenty of time, and plan to stay late to get the place looking decent for the next day’s co-workers. If your event will take more than roughly thirty minutes of setup time, it’s recommended that you submit an additional event titled “[Your event Name] Setup.” This way, everyone has notice you’ll be in the space and moving things around.


What sort of equipment is available to use?

Whatever we have at the Dojo is available for use. This includes tables, chairs, projectors, and some whiteboards. There is no equipment reservation system, nor will anyone at the Dojo do any sort of room set-up for you. Therefore it is advised that if this is your first time holding an event at Hacker Dojo, you show up in plenty of time to arrange the area you have reserved to your liking, as well as to ensure you get whatever equipment you had wanted to use is available.


Can I have a private event at the Dojo?

All events held at Hacker Dojo must be made open to the Dojo membership. That said, you can exclude people from the event that are not Dojo members, but you’ll need to be very careful to not turn away any Hacker Dojo member-- we take this policy very seriously.


What sort of events are allowed?

We’re pretty open in regards to the type of events we will allow to be hosted. Classes, lectures, company Q & A’s, mixers, meet-ups, knitting circles, planning meetings, workshops, and more have all been successfully held at the Dojo.


What sort of events are not allowed?

Any event that would exclude Dojo members, or isn’t within the “spirit” of the community. That said, it’s hard to put a hard definition of exactly what the spirit  of Hacker Dojo is. In theory, since all events are hosted by members, they’re all within the spirit of the community. If your event is something that a Dojo member can actively participate in, that's a very good start.


Who is the events@ group?

The events@ group is composed of Hacker Dojo member volunteers. If you’re a member and would like to join, please do! We can always use more hands. You can do so by going here.


Which room(s) can I reserve for my event?

It is our hope that because you are a Hacker Dojo member that you would already be familiar with the available space. However, if you're not certain or fairly new, Event Space at Hacker Dojo explains which rooms can be reserved on the calendar.


If you have a question that was not answered here, please feel free to contact the events@ member group by writing to events@hackerdojo.com