Months ago, I was introduced to a contact at Belkin by IndyHall supporter, and my good friend Chris Messina. It turns out that for many Barcamps, Belkin provides power and networking gear. They were interested in partnering with some coworking initiatives, and were looking at us. Jory (the contact) and I spoke a few times while IndyHall was in the “growth” period, and he said “keep me posted, and let me know when you’ve got an office!
Months passed, and quite obviously, we found ourselves at the aforementioned crossroads. I dropped Jory a line to see if they were still interested, and he said absolutely. We talked about the approximate size and number of desks, and together put together a list of things, mostly focusing on networking and power strips.
The next thing I knew…boxes started arriving. Lots, and lots, of boxes. The first box was a teaser…a couple of extra useful toys that Belkin tossed in, including a wireless USB print server, and some USB hubs. The next delivery was the motherload, though!
- 5 x Slim Power Strips
- 15 x Clamp On Power Strips
- 6 x 14′ snagless ethernet
- 3 x 8″ cable ties (MUST HAVE!)
- 3 x 25′ ethernet patch
- 1 x Wireless N Router
- 1 x wireless networking USB hub (for printers and hard drives)
- 2 x 7 port USB hubs
- 2 x 4 port USB hubs (nest on the 7 port…sweet!)
We can’t thank Belkin enough for this contribution to our new space. In return, along with evaluating their cool gear and giving them feedback, we’re going to be helping them put together packages on a per-desk basis. Essentially, they’ll be able to sell a “coworking special” for a certain number of desks, providing all of the gear that a coworking space would need for that number of desks. Way cool, and a way for us to give back to Belkin and the coworking community!
And a special thanks to Jory, also, for coordinating this for us. We really, really appreciate knowing that you get what we’re doing here!