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Like any group of people, we have certain established procedures and ways of doing things. The more common ones you'll find here on this page, or on a related sub-page to this one.


We welcome and encourage visitors at the space. In fact, coming to the space and meeting members is the best path to ultimately becoming a member!

At various times during the week we have public events going on at the space with open hours. These hours are usually posted on the Calendar.

If you've never been to the space before, the best time to visit is during our weekly open house. Open house is held every Tuesday evening, from 6 - 10pm. Note that our weekly member meeting also takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday night, typically between 7:30 - 8pm. Visitors are welcome to come and check out the weekly meeting.

Each member in good standing can admit two (2) guests to the space. It is the responsibility of the member to ensure that guests don't disrupt the space or otherwise behave in a non-Excellent manner. Each member must be present to supervise his/her guests at all times. Exceptions to the two guests per member policy include: open house night, and special events (approved by the membership, hosted by a member)

Membership and Minors

  • Members must be 18 or older except by express permission of the board.
  • All persons under 18 must be accompanied by a designated parent or guardian, and each counts as one guest.
  • No more than one child under age 12 per parent/guardian, close supervision required at all times.

Membership Hiatus

If a member in good standing goes on hiatus, their status along with all privileges earned through classes and training are preserved when they return.

If a member has dues owed and leaves, those dues must be paid, or forgiven by the Board ("be in good standing") before retuning.


The following is a change to the Expense policy, proposed on May 15th, 2012. It is still subject to review by the Membership and Board

  • Expenses under $75 for a given project are "petty cash" and only need a sign-off from a board member.
    • Keep your receipt, follow the instructions in the "petty cash" drawer to be reimbursed.
    • Your receipt MUST BE SIGNED BY A CURRENT BOARD MEMBER to be reimbursed via petty cash.
  • An un-budgeted expense between $75 and $500 requires signed approval from the Chairman and one other Board member.
    • $500(plus tax) is the maximum that can be expensed outside the Budget without Board approval.
    • If expensed: Purchase the item, and submit description of the expense + receipt to the treasurer.
    • Otherwise, submit a cart/quote/purchase order request to the [1] and the order will be put in and paid via check or credit card.
  • Budgeted and approved expenses over $500
    • If expensed: Purchase the item, and submit an expense report + receipt to the treasurer.
    • Once the item has been identified and negotiated, submit the cart/quote/purchase order to be paid for by ATX Hackerspace via check or credit card.
    • To ensure the best value, unless the item is only sold by a single vendor, at least two quotes must be pulled.
    • If you submit an approved invoice/cart/list to treasurer@atxhackerspace.org, it will be purchased using the company card in a timely manner for you.
  • Budgeted and approved expenses >$1k are major capital expenses, which require the Chairman and the Treasurer to counter-sign. These cannot be purchase and reimbursed without the Chairman + Treasurer's sign-off, and must always be paid directly through ATX Hackerspace whether directly or through loan/lease agreements.

Petty Cash

  • Expenses under $75 can be done as petty cash transactions
  • Petty cash transactions must be approved, and signed off by a board member
  • The receipt for petty cash must show:
What the purchase was for. e.g. "plaster for mezzanine" "USB cord for printer" "paper for copier"
Who spent the money. e.g. "Martin B" "Mark G" (please use first and last name. We have a lot of Matts, Davids, etc)
Which board member approved the expenditure
How and if it was paid. "Petty Cash" "check" "PAID"
The full date (1/1/2011)


  • Every member has the ability to store some items at the space. The items must fit within a standard Banker Box ( 12" x 10" x 15" ) with a closed lid.
  • If you need more storage, you need to bring it up during a standard member meeting and ask permission of the Membership. You must propose where the item will be stored, and for how long. Your name, and date that the material will remain at the space must be clearly labeled. The preferred method is black sharpie on masking tape.

Tool Lending / Hosting

  • If you wish to lend or host a tool to the space for general use, you must label the tool with your name in a permanent way (permanent ink, etching, strong label)
  • You need to bring up that you wish to store the tool at the space (per Storage policy) and get it approved at a membership meeting. If it is a small tool, just getting permission from a Board Member is sufficient.

Last Person Out

When you are done using the space, to be excellent to the next person who needs to use it:

  • Seal and put away all food.
  • Sweep, vacuum, and tidy up around the area you were working at, and in general
  • Put away chairs and tables, make sure all your tools are put away in the right place
  • If there are any trash bins that are full, take out the trash (If you have a recycling program where you live, please consider grabbing a bag of recycling and haul it out with you)
  • Make sure the exhaust vents are turned off.
  • Make sure all power tools (such as the air compressor) are turned off.
  • Check that the back door and garage door are securely locked.
  • Check that there is nobody working in CoWorking or in the Bio Lab
  • Check that all doors are closed, and locked.
  • Turn off all lights.

Sleeping at the Hackerspace

  • Our hackerspace is an industrial workshop. It is forbidden by the terms of our lease for anyone, member or nonmember, to take residence at the space. Sleeping over at the hackerspace is forbidden. Members working long hours on a project are encouraged to put aside what they are working on, go home and take a rest, then return as being overly tired is a hazard in a workshop.

Teaching Classes

See Also: Class Policy

  • Any confirmed member in good standing may teach a class
  • If your class requires exclusive use of an area in the space, it must be scheduled by the Director of Education.
  • If your class will be open to the public, you will need a temporary Host card made, and get approval of the Director of Education and the Board.
  • If you are going to charge a fee for the class, it must be approved by the Director of Education.
    • If materials are needed for the class, consider having students purchase them before coming to the class.

Hosting Events

  • Any confirmed member in good standing may Host an event
  • For a recurring event, you will need a permanent Host card made, and get approval during a member meeting.
  • For a one-time event, you will need a temporary Host card made, and get approval during a member meeting.
  • If your event involves charging a fee, this is the same as renting the space at the member rate, and it must be approved by the board.
  • Your event must comply with the bylaws of ATX Hackerspace, and applicable Austin/Texas/Federal laws.

Proposal & Voting Process

1) A voting member has a proposal. This person announces the proposal to the membership via the list with [ [DISCUSSION] ] tag and then becomes the lead on the proposal.

  • A) If the person posting is not a voting member, the person must be sponsored by a voting member to have the proposal item placed on agenda.

2) The list moderator decides when said proposal has been discussed enough. 3) The list moderator starts a new thread with [ [PROPOSAL] ] tag.

  • A) The first post must be the proposal with the wording they feel is the best from the discussion thread, and will become the voting item.

4) Someone seconds the [ [PROPOSAL] ] thread.

5) The lead then asks for placement on the agenda of the next meeting.

  • A) The lead will ask the Executive Director or Administrator for the proposal to be added to the agenda. It must be asked at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.
  • B) The Executive Director or Administrator will announce the agenda at least 72 hours prior to the meeting, but may close the agenda early when it appears that the meeting time is full.
  • C) The Executive Director or Administrator will then defer items for time constraint reasons.
    • i) The last items received will be deferred.
    • ii) Those items deferred will get top priority at the following meeting.

6) The lead presents the proposal at the member meeting. Final discussions and tweaking of the proposal will be made, if necessary.

  • A) The meeting no longer requires that a quorum of people be present.
  • B) The lead may designate someone to make the presentation (designee).

7) After the allotted discussion time of the proposal, the lead/designee announces what they feel is the best wording for the final proposal.

  • A) If the lead/designee so chooses, the proposal can have choices/options for a proposal.

8) Someone must second the final wording and/or options. 9) The final, official wording of the proposal is posted online at the conclusion of the meeting.

  • A) This will be done by either the Executive Director or Administrator

10) Voting will be opened online.

  • A) Currently, we will use the Helios system to hold votes.
  • B) In the future, a similar online and secure system will be implemented on our website.
  • C) Voting will be open until the second midnight after the day of the meeting (e.g. normal membership meeting agenda items will have voting open until 11:59pm on the following Thursday).
  • D) Everyone will vote online, not in person.
  • E) In the future, the kiosk being setup for the reception area will be setup to also allow for people to vote at, as well.
  • F) “No” will always be an option for voting on a proposal.

11) Votes will be counted after the closing.

  • A) For a vote to be considered as valid, the total number of votes must meet quorum.
  • B) A lack of a submitted ballot by a member will be seen as an abstention and not counted towards quorum.
  • C) If quorum is met, a proposal must gain a majority of the votes cast.
  • D) If options are available on a proposal, the total number of votes must meet quorum and then the option with the highest vote count wins.
    • i) “No” is seen as a vote option
    • ii) When options are present on a proposal, there will be an choice to vote both options as acceptable (e.g. 1-Option A, 2-Option B, 3- Option A or B, 4-No)
  • D) In the event of a tie, a runoff between the two options will be had.
    • i) The runoff vote will again be opened the following day and run until the second midnight again (e.g. continuing from the member meeting, the runoff would end 11:59pm Sunday)

12) Any item not receiving a quorum of votes may be immediately re-proposed for the following meeting and would start the procedure over. 13) Any item that meets quorum but fails to pass may be resubmitted:

  • A) With alterations and amendments at the following meeting.
  • B) Without alterations and amendments after one month.


Policy/ATXHS_101 - A required course for new members


Interest Groups - Proposal to organize special interest groups

Agenda_Items/Escalation - Proposal to organize the process of meeting needs and answering questions.