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    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2012 edited
    It is just short of 24:00 on Jan Friday the 13th, 2012, and I have just heard a piece on the BBC about "hackerspaces*". At the end of the piece, the BBC journalists shot ping-pong balls all over the audience, and then exhorted us all to find a "hackerspace" near us, where we might partake in the communal knowledge and tools and all that would lead to such an outcome.

    So let's have it - Hackerspaces, register here please. **

    * As I understand it, a "hackerspace" is a (semi?)-communal workshop space, where those interested in electronics and physical manipulation of tools and materials can find a common place to gather and...hack.

    ** I live near MIT, so I'm sure I can probably get my needs met. However, I used to live in Kansas, so - please, think of the children.
      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
    There isn't a hackerspace near me, although most people where I live have somewhat of a hackerspace in their shed. I also work as a sparkie so I have an electrical workshop at my disposal.

    Aside from this I an somewhat friendly with the London Hackspace and Dublin's TOG. The London Space has an open day every Tuesday from 7, next Tuesdays may be quite busy if the BBC still has any sway in society, and the TOG guys are great craic.
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    There's a Hacklab in Helsinki - something I found out about only last autumn.

    Gonna be my new living room.
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
    Glasgow hackerspace is The Electron Club
    Going to round up some friendly robots and go see what's going on.

    By the way, if you're having trouble finding your local hackerspace, this might help.
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
    There are several in Toronto. To be honest, I visited one for about a half-hour during one of their open nights, and found the space tiny and constricting, and the tool selection not much more expansive than the stuff I travel with. I'd rather work at home for free without having to put on pants.
    That said, I'd be interested in workshops for specific skills, or the ability to rent something like a 3D printer or laser cutter for short terms. I just haven't had the need yet.

    So, Toronto spaces, offhand:
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
    For people in the Bay Area in the States (and apparently Raleigh, NC and Detroit too), there's also TechShop:


    Friend has been to the one in San Jose and speaks highly of it.
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2012
     (10446.7) & in NYC. There are a few others here, but I've personally visited (and adored) these two.