Hackerspace - what is

Updated: Sun, 01 Feb 2015 by Rad


A place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.

It is about learning to do things and making things for all kinds of reasons, e.g. where enthusiasts gather to share the designs they were building. They become centers for innovation, creativity, collaboration and they can be located anywhere - old factory or even a church basement.

Some examples of hackerspaces

NYC Resistor

Nonmembers are welcome to attend Craft Nights and other public events, as well as take part in classes on a variety of subjects.

Located at 397 Bridge Street in Brooklyn NY's MetroTech area. The 800+ sqft warehouse conversion houses, a small kitchen, several shop tables, an epilog laser cutter, and a small machine shop. Numerous electronics projects and personal tools litter shelves of members at the space. A drink mixing robot also has become a permanent fixture at the location.


Noisebridge encourages participation by anyone who feels they can contribute, and non-members are welcome at the space at any time. All workshops and activities are free, with some exceptions for materials costs, and all are open to the public.

Noisebridge members have been involved with major award-winning research projects Located in San Francisco.


Metalab offers space for free exchange of information, and collaboration between technical-creative enthusiasts, hackers, founders and digital artists. Metalab provides infrastructure for projects and offers a physical space for interested people from the fields of IT, new media, digital art, net art and hacker culture

Located in Vienna and was the birthplace of several internet startup companies. It has been host of over 400 events, talks, and workshops. Metalab featured talks and workshops with various personalities from the tech and culture field.

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