Hacking, as Dim Sum Labs defines it, is the intellectual challenge to creatively overcome, circumvent, deconstruct or otherwise “hack” the limitations, capabilities, purposes, forms, etc. of virtually anything—or in other words: to mess around with [anything] for fun.
Dim Sum Labs aims to address the needs of one of these “lost” segments of Hong Kong society—the creatives, the rebels, the playful and different—by providing a persistent, physically secure space for them, their tools, their projects and their work. As such, they are part of a global hackerspace movement (nonprofit, community based) and not to be confused with for profit co-working spaces or startup incubators. Their venue is a place where people with a creative bent can congregate with other likeminded individuals in an environment that seeks to understand their needs and enables them to express their urge in a productive way.
Dim Sum Labs proposes to create a publication, “The User’s Guide to Hacking” ( working title). A handshake, if you will, to the larger community. The publication will facilitate several experiences:
- Create awareness of the role and intentions of Dim Sum Labs, and the hackerspace community
- Give inspiration to those interested, but not clear on how to include themselves
- A portfolio of works by the Dim Sum Labs collective
- The reframing of what it means to hack or to be a hacker
This project is headed up by Michelle Poon of Dim Sum Labs.