This page describes the process of becoming an official member. If you want to support Hack Manhattan or plan to utilize the space and community quite a bit, consider becoming a member.
Membership benefits include 24 hour access to the space and all of its equipment, as well as voting privileges. Responsibilities include paying monthly dues and keeping the space, equipment and organization in good condition.
Non-members can still participate in Hack Manhattan projects, visit and use the space when a member is present, and participate in the mailing list discussion. The space is usually open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It is often possible to visit and use the space at other times when a member is around and willing to host (all members have a key), just ask on the mailing list.
Do you need membership?
It is possible to use the space and equipment without a membership in connection with a meeting, open house, or other event (including Tech Tuesday every Tuesday at 7:30pm), or when supervised by a member. Ask on the mailing list if you want to visit the space outside regular events. Non-members are free to participate fully on the mailing list and in any discussions and projects at Hack Manhattan. They can also attend and participate in business meetings, but cannot vote.
How to become a member
To be approved as a member at the next business meeting (held on the last Tuesday of the month), you must have:
- Visited at least three Tuesday or Thursday open houses.
- Received a New Member Orientation Briefing and have a short bio and photo sent to the members-only list 5 or more days before the business meeting.
There is usually a briefing at an open night the week before the business meeting. That being said, any of the board members and a few approved members can administer this. There's usually someone that can do this at an open night. Just pipe up!
Before you get a briefing, you'll want to prepare a short bio as well as a photo. Most people put these wiki account user pages which is then sent to the members-only list by the briefer. However, if privacy is a concern, you can ask the briefer to send your bio and photo directly to members. Remember, you must receive a briefing and have your bio and photo sent to the members-only list no later than 5 days before the business meeting - typically the Thursday the week before. You should then add yourself to the agenda for the next meeting under "Sponsored Member Introductions" or ask your briefer to do so. (to get a wiki account, simply request for one at the top right hand corner of the page).
Finally - try to show up at the business meeting! This is not mandatory, but two members must sponsor your membership, and your presence will make it more likely that two people will remember who you are. If you are unable to do so, you may want to befriend/"recruit" two members as sponsors.
After you become a member, you'll want to read the next section on monthly dues payments. You'll then be able to get your keys from a board member. You'll probably want to (re)read the Orientation Guide for Members.
Monthly dues payments
There are two official membership levels that allow for voting rights at meetings and free access to the space. The two membership levels are equivalent in every way except cost.
- Standard - pay $100/mo.
- Starving Hacker - pay $50/mo (students and underemployed)
There are two payment options: Stripe and PayPal.
PayPal - PayPal is simple if you're used to PayPal. If you ever need to cancel payments, you can find the relevant page on paypal.com or use an old email notification and click on "recurring payments dashboard." If you need to change between dues levels, you need to cancel your existing recurring payment and start a new one.
Stripe - Stripe credit card payments are always managed at members.hackmanhattan.com. There you can change dues levels, cancel, and update your credit card information. The Stripe frontend uses your username and password for this Wiki, so this is where you would reset your password if you lost it.
Resigning your membership
Send an email to Guan, then cancel recurring payments. You don't need to give a reason.
The most important thing is to notify us. If you did, we will refund any dues accidentally paid.
If you don't notify us, you are liable to pay dues until you do notify us.
Mail your keys if you can't return them in person.
There is no policy for suspensions. If you leave Hack Manhattan and want to rejoin later, as long as it’s not a recurring thing, you will normally not be required to wait for approval at a business meeting.
Refunds are approved by the board on a case-by-case basis. They are more likely to be approved if the error is discovered quickly, e.g. you meant to resign but forgot to tell us, and you let us know within a day or two of a dues payment.
Starving Hacker membership
We do not ordinarily require formal documentation for Starving Hacker status, but reserve the right to do so. The official procedure is that decisions are made by the board, subject to being overturned by the membership.
List of members
Members are subscribed to the members mailing list. If you don't have a Mailman password for that list, you can have it reset. Once you log in, you can then view a list of members' email addresses.
The list is kept up to date regularly. It may not reflect members who joined or left in the last couple of weeks.