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Project: Host Opening Day

Description: Announce yourself to your community in a memorable and attention-grabbing way.  This is also part of your first presentation to the community as you have likely gotten their attention with all the work you have been doing to set up.  Now they’d like to see what you are all about.  Make a good first impression.

Be interviewed on local TV
Role who does itPublicity officer and founding members/board.
DescriptionContact your local TV station and invite them to do a story on your event and/or interview members of your space.  They may come to you or they may invite you to their studio.  It’s a good idea to outline beforehand what you guys want to say.  It’s a good chance to show your space, projects and what is happening.  Usually, local news is always looking for something to report so they tend to be pretty friendly and open to such invitations.
Estimated Time2-3 days
Level of EffortEasy.  Getting in touch with local media is readily available.  Sometimes, they may be looking for you first.
Be interviewed on local radio
Role who does itPublicity officer and founding members/board.
DescriptionContact your local radio station and invite them to do a story on your event and/or interview members of your space.  They may come to you or they may invite you to their studio.  It’s a good idea to outline beforehand what you guys want to say.  As radio is auditory, you usually have to be more descriptive of what you are doing and showing.  It’s a good chance to show your space, projects and what is happening.  Usually, local news is always looking for something to report so they tend to be pretty friendly and open to such invitations.
Estimated Time2-3 days
Level of EffortEasy.  Getting in touch with local media is readily available.  Sometimes, they may be looking for you first.
Send press releases to local media
Role who does itPublicity officer and founding members/board.
DescriptionAs the above with TV and radio, expand your contacts to more; local newspapers, magazines, online blogs, vlogs and podcasters.  Some hackerspaces are known to do their own podcasts and/or vlogs.  If you have this, take advantage of the opportunity.
Estimated Time2-3 days
Level of EffortEasy.  If you are doing your own media, medium to hard depending on how well you pull it off.
Arrange for local arts and entertainment partner
Role who does itPeople with the right connections.  Bridge figures who are members of both the local arts and entertainment scene and the space are a plus.
DescriptionInvite local artists and entertainment to come by and please the crowds during your opening.  A bonus if they can do something that is in line with the theme of your space.  
Estimated Time1-2 weeks to give the artists and entertainers time to prepare.
Level of EffortMedium to coordinate with the artists and entertainers.
Arrange for local food sponsor
Role who does itPeople organizing the opening day.
DescriptionGet some food for your event.  A quick and cheap way to do it is to organize a BBQ or potluck from your members.  Make sure you take into account special dietary considerations.
Estimated Time1 week for preparation.
Level of EffortEasy to medium depending on how you do it.

 

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