Become a member
We have two types of memberhips: members and key members. Both members and key members are required to pay a yearly membership fee. Key members also pay on top a monthly keyholding fee.
Fill in this application form if you want to join Helsinki Hacklab as a member:
Your membership application is handled in the next board meeting, which usually happen every two weeks. Please allow us some processing time. New members applying for membership close to the end of the year receive membership invoice in the beginning of the next year only. You can consider yourself a full member as soon as you have filled in the application, so you don’t have to wait for any acceptance formalities before starting to use the tools in the lab.
Membership costs 42 € per calendar year. You get your first membership fee invoice when your application is handled and from there on, each January or February. New members sending their application in the last quarter of the year do not receive an invoice for that year.
Following information is needed in the application: name, email address, municipality you live in and a statement you accept the rules of the organization – an unofficial English translation is also available.
Before considering key membership, please apply first for your membership, if you haven’t done that yet.
There are two requirements for key membership:
- you have to be a member
- you have no outstanding membership fees
Key members are essential for the existence of our association. Without them, we couldn’t pay our rent and other recurrent expenses. Please consider applying for your own key, if you feel we make important work or if you want to support us. Key members can use the space whenever they wish. Please be considerate with noise and other disturbances if there is a course or other happenings at the same time during your key member visits.
Being a key member is also a great way to support us, even if you don’t use the place regularly!
If you are interested in key membership, please look for the next Apply for a key event in our calendar and arrive there for an interview. Introduce yourself to the board meeting, which asks you some questions to get to know you, and gives general information to get you started. We generate your new key the same time.
We kindly ask that the applicants have first visited the lab at least few times, so that they know what to expect, how is the place place like, know some of the tools, the rules and shop safety among other things.
Key member fee is a subscription, so please don’t leave months unpaid even if you don’t use the space – we need predictable inflow to get the rent paid and send automatic reminders of unpaid months. It’s OK to try out if key membership suits you for few months, but in general, the subscription is continuous until you wish it to be terminated. There is a possibility for discount depending on the applicants wish. Lowest accepted monthly payment has been so far 20 €. Discounts generally are given to students, unemployed and pensioners, but any other reasons also are accepted and don’t need to be mentioned or explained (we have no interest to know). Please state the monthly fee you would like to pay. Just as other members, key members also pay their annual membership fee.
If you request to cancel your key membership, please send an email to us and we will end your subscription. Do not return us the electronic key fob – we do not reuse them, so just keep it. If you happen to lose your key, send us email and we give you instructions to get a yourself a replacement.