Election 2018 – Candidate Profiles

Our nomination period has finished and voting will open shortly (emails will be sent to all current members eligible to vote) and in the meantime, you can peruse your options below, consisting of the nominee name and pitch, sorted in alphabetical order:
(Edit 16/10/18: Voting is live until midday on Monday 5th November – all members, please check the email you registered to Farset Labs with for your ballot.)

Artemiy Kondratiev (Art)

What is a hackerspace?

Scattered around the world each one is unique and means something different to each individual member.

In the autumn of 2015, I first visited Farset Labs and the very same week was my first as a member. It has been almost three years, yet I still find it hard to describe Farset. What about you?

One thing I know is that I have been to no other place like it. A place where anyone is welcome to experiment, teach, share ideas, unjustifiably set things on fire, watch opera and everything in between.

In Farset I met many people that I am glad to call friends. It is because of you that I discovered so many ideas and had the opportunity to realise new-found aspirations.

In Farset I met people with whom I share the principles of unbiased exchange of ideas and knowledge. Together we echo the same principles to our local communities in the form of clubs, meetups and mentorship of those on earlier stages of similar paths.

Each year I try to make a snowballing contribution to my community through building upon the experiences of years past.

– Helping at charity shops taught me the value of investing time
– Helping at Coder Dojo, Raspberry JAM and volunteering at events taught me the value of inspiring future successors
– Organizing my own kids’ coding club with Code Club taught me the value of reaching out to communities outside our own
– Co-Organizing Code Co-Op and designing programming challenges taught me the value of peership and collaboration
– Co-Organizing NIDevConf18 taught me the value of bringing together people with differing perspectives
– Most importantly, joining Farset Labs taught me the value of community

Over the years of I have been delighted by the impact of these actions and privileged to have responsibility over them.

As a director, my goal would be simple – keep alive the light of our energetic environment and preserve the welcoming community I encountered three years ago. The areas I will invest most of my time in are:

– introducing a wider community of active individuals to our hackerspace
– providing opportunities to up and coming members of our community
– ensuring that the space remains genuinely useful to our evolving community
– lighten the burden of maintenance to allow more room for efforts in growth
– keep our management practices in touch with the community’s sentiments and beliefs

Our local community is bustling with life and activity – let’s show them what a hackerspace can be.

Andy Sheppard

Hello there! My name is Andy. I’m one of the founding members of Farset Labs, and I’m finally here to pitch in my nomination for directorship. My main reason is that I love Farset, and really want to see it grow. I have experience in leadership, and management and all those other boring things, but I also just really love to help people.

If you’ve ever spoken to me, you probably already know that, but maybe not! I do tend to ramble. In fact I’m rambling right now.

As I said, I just want to see the place grow, and thrive, and I feel that I’d be a good person to see that happen. Once I have something planned, I do my damned best to make sure that happens!

If you haven’t spoken to me before, I’d encourage you to do so! I love to hear stories of people’s experiences, and I also just really love to talk to people. But sure, let me know!

Much love, and all the best, 

Andy S


Vote to reopen nominations if you are unsatisfied with the candidates offered and wish to have the nomination period reopened to new candidates. 

Withdrawn: Zoe Gadon-Thompson (01/10/18)

If you have any queries or comments, please contact the returning officer, David Kane, at david@farsetlabs.org.uk. Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to the whole director team, please email admin@farsetlabs.org.uk.

Welcome Pip Shea to the Directorship

It was a closely fought race between Pip and Ron but in the end, the community rallied behind Pip to help bring her vision to the leadership at Farset Labs.

When I hassled her for comment, this is what she had to say:

Cheers to all who got involved in the recent election. I’m delighted to have been voted in, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty to help keep Farset an excellent place.

You can check out what Pip’s all about on her website.

PS The entire Farset Labs community would also like to congratulate Pip and her partner on their recently completed adoption, there are no two better people for it, and we wish you and your new family all the best!

Election 2015 Ballot

UPDATE: Voting is now open; if you haven’t recieved an email and think you should have, or can’t access the poll, contact membership@farsetlabs.org.uk to double check your membership status.

Our nomination period is up and voting will open shortly (emails will be sent to all current members eligible to vote) and in the meantime, you can peruse your options below, consisting of the nominee name and pitch:

1. Pip Shea


Farset Labs is extra_ordinary. It breaks the mould and defies the ‘wisdom’ of incumbent structures through community building and collaboration. It offers an alternative for those of us who lurk in various guises on the creative technology spectrum: a place where we can practice, with autonomy, among an inspired and diverse community. I would like to become a director to help sustain this special space, and to contribute to its emergent practices and identity.

I have been a member since early 2014, and for the last couple of years I have been researching hacker/maker culture. I have a good understanding of the practices of Farset and how it is situated in a broader global context.

Specifically, I would like to offer my energy to the following areas:

  • technology education and kids
  • measuring social impact
  • funding for social technology projects
  • participatory governance and ethics
  • membership drives
  • sharing Farset’s stories (its projects and practices) with the wider world
  • getting a laser cutter!!!

I want to become more involved in Farset Labs as I am passionate about grassroots making. During the 2000s – in Australia – I worked in community development as an artist, producer, and manager on projects that focused on net art, aerosol art, and large-scale outdoor projections. In 2010, I turned my hand to research to investigate ethical internet practices in the community arts field. I then worked as a research assistant at various universities in various incarnations. My research broadly explores digital cultures and philosophies of technology. I’m currently writing two book chapters about maker culture, and assembling a hacking/making/crafting bibliography on Zotero.

Other projects on the boil include: designing interactive tools with the QUB School of Psychology; editing an open access journal; and, making an art project that explores block chains and distributed databases through geometry. Ongoing interests include: appropriate technology, critical making, and food phreaking.

If you feel you need a little more info about me, it can be found at pipshea.net



2. RON


ReOpen Nominations

Ron does nothing, and means we open up nominations again.

The Directors assert that this election, odd as it is, satisfy the Director Appointment Rules as set up in the Operations Manual and ratified by Town Hall Consent from March 2014.

Elections 2015 Take Two

Farset Labs is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, starting with the original three directors back in late 2011/early 2012. Since then, we aim to try and keep the number of directors at five, which we haven’t been at for a while, so it’s time to (re)launch our 2015 Director Elections.

Nominations will open from the timestamp of this post until midnight on Sunday 31st October.

Nominees must:

  • Nominate themselves.
  • Have been a member for at least three months (not necessarily in one block).
  • Email admin@farsetlabs.org.uk with
    • Their name.
    • Their ‘pitch’ which is 1000 characters maximum. (Suitability for role, experience, intentions etc.)
  • Be aware that, if successful in the elections, they must not have any convictions that would prevent them from being the Director of a limited company (i.e. convictions under the Fraud Act 2006) or any convictions regarding sexual offences against minors (i.e. convictions under the Sexual Offences Act 2003).
  • Be aware that they have legal obligations as a Director of Farset Labs, including their legal liabilities to HMRC etc.
  • Be aware that, if successful, they will be required to provide details including their legal name, sex, date of birth, addresses lived in the last three years, signature and National Insurance Number for the purposes of registration with Companies House.

For more practical information about what the Directors do and are responsible for, check out the Operations Manual.

Voting will open when the nominee profiles (consisting of the nominee’s name and pitch) are posted publicly on Monday 2nd November and will close at midnight on Friday 13th November.

Candidates are also asked to attend and be available to answer questions from the membership publically at our November Town Hall, also on the 2nd

Information on how to vote and the procedures surrounding voting, including the case of a draw, will be posted along with the nominee profiles. The results, barring any special circumstances, will be announced as soon as possible after voting closes, likely the following day.

Any questions can be directed to admin@farsetlabs.org.uk. You may also find it useful to review the records of previous elections, available on this blog.

Good luck!