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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  • Nadav Ami / about 12 years ago / 7

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

    • Madone / about 12 years ago / 8

      (Nervous) But then... Then they could track you...

    • Dave_01 / about 9 years ago / 1

      Why not put an NFC wet inlay in it then? They're like stickers and have various encryption settings.

  • Yvan256 / about 12 years ago / 3

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

  • Member #210216 / about 11 years ago / 2

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

    • MikeGrusin / about 11 years ago / 2

      Did you know Google Translate has Latin as one of the languages? Omnium Chippis.

      • MisterFuzzy / about 11 years ago / 2

        Don't forget to de-capslock the text before translation: The all caps alters its meaning a bit...

    • Just looking at the roots of those words, it seems like it means 'it is necessary to examine everything.' But I'm just guessing.

      • Aristarco / about 10 years ago / 1

        Balance the needs of everyone, as per google translatorum.

  • Member #513776 / about 10 years ago * / 1

    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?

  • icyfyer / about 12 years ago / 1

    This is a great idea.

  • Shadyman / about 12 years ago / 1

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

    • Member #396157 / about 11 years ago / 1

      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.

      • Shadyman / about 10 years ago / 1

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

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