Hackspace Manchester started life as Stockport Hackspace after an email was sent out to gauge the interest in starting a hackerspace group within the Stockport area.
The first meeting was held in the Grey Horse pub on 25th June 2009 and Stockport Hackspace was formed. The Group was planning to rent a space in nearby Broadstone Mill. After some encouraging initial meetings with the architect at Broadstone, the Property Managers got involved, and the price skyrocketed out of the group’s reach.
The group then spent several months meeting in pubs around Stockport, looking for alternative affordable spaces, and discussing everything from Ardunios to which OS is the best (Linux being the consensus).
In late 2009, the group were contacted by a member of MCC Hub, asking if they wanted to use a room in MCC’s new HQ, Factory 2010, a building just inside the Mancunian Way. They decided to pursue this idea, and voted to move future meetings into Manchester City Centre, and rebrand.