I am curious if VHS has ever ran “repair cafes.”
I know Open Nights also serve as this, and there is some overlap with the Hackery. But these sort of events are both popular and well funded in various communities. I think FreeGeek participates in these as well, and the Sunshine Coast Maker Faire, this was a popular station (very chilled event, but there was someone working on something nonstop).
A “bring it and fix it” theme, with a donate or pay what you like expectation, is a good way to earn a bit of money, possible sponsorship, and build community.
Again, curious about previous history with these and other people’s thoughts. Perhaps marketing Open House as such may bring new audience as well.