Hackerspace Passport

The Hackerspace Passport was a concept that sprung up as a way for hackers to show off their membership and credentials when visiting other hackerspaces. It's also a way to record visits to other spaces and encourages hackers to intermingle and spread ideas throughout the hackerspace, um, space.

At CCCamp 2011, Mitch Altman and Matthew Borgatti showed up with 2600 copies of their very own print version of the passport. They were a big hit. The idea is that each hackerspace or hacker convention will make their own stamp so that visitors who have a passport can be stamped and keep a record of their visit. Instead of enforcing borders, the Hackerspace Passport is intended to help dissolve them so that members of different spaces feel encouraged to pull together as a community. Also, they've got major geek-cred. Did we mention that the passport is Open Source? Feel free to print your own and join in!

These stylish passports have the same rugged look and feel of US Passports and are ready to travel with you to your next big geek-out. If you run a hackerspace, we'd like to encourage you to design a stamp and join in on the fun.

  • 3.5 x 5"


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  • What this really needs is embedded RFID. That would really show off some true geek-cred.

  • How about a place to put a QR code with your vCard information? Name, email, website, IM, etc.

  • There are three Latin words writte on the logo: EXAMEN NECESSITATUM OMNIUM, I wonder what that means?

  • Are Hackerspace Passports still available for sale? I would like to know more about it. You are saying that - These stylish passports have the same rugged look and feel of US Passports and are ready to travel with you to your next big geek-out. So, government is not taking any action on it?

  • This is a great idea.

  • Hm. The second pic seems to have the ID page upside-down. See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/adafruit/6894610872/in/pool-1718510@N24

    • I just bought ten and all ten had that page upside down, just like in the picture. That photo/name page is actually the inside of the cover and not a separate page. The product photo of the outside artwork looks great, but it's actually printed badly enough that you can't read any of the text in the graphic portion of the gold printing. For less than $2.00 I'm definitely not complaining though. I just would've liked the the ID page to be printed in the right orientation. The artwork in this document https://www.noisebridge.net/images/0/0c/Hackerpass08.pdf is correct. This item is just not printed correctly I guess.

      • Hmm, or maybe it's printed reverse so people can't actually use them through OCR machine readers.

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