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Oxford Hackspace - In creation!
We are working on setting up an independent space in Oxford for the hacking needs of our diverse, creative and talented maker community. Our goal is to have permanent space(s) to make, break and repair our creations, learn new skills, inspire and get inspired in the company of like-minded people. Oxford Hackspace has undergone a revival in Summer 2012, with new people involved as well as some from before. We meet once a week at OARC, and we are doing some interesting technology projects as well as seriously investigating pathways to a permanent workshop and co-working space. Wherever your interest lies, this is a space to do it. You're always welcome to do your own thing or take part in workshops. The more diverse our group, the more stuff you learn. Come introduce yourself to the community on the mailing list! Your ideas and enthusiasm are sure to be met with excitement here.
A meeting was held at OARC on Thursday 21st March 2013 to formally establish Oxford Hackspace as an organisation. A constitution has been drawn up, and we have begun the process of setting up a bank account and a membership fee structure. In addition, it was agreed that the Hackspace would pursue a studio at OVADA as our first permanent location, following a visit there on Thursday 14th March.
While these arrangements are finalised, the Hackspace will continue to meet at OARC on Thursday evenings.
Here are some of the things our members are currently interested in:
Crafting - carpentry, embroidery, fabric dyeing, sewing, weaving, welding
Visual Art - drawing, photography, light shows, installations
Physical Computing - motors, sensors, lighting, electro-mechanical interfaces, microcontrollers, robotics
Programming - games, phone apps, demoscene
Electronics - data logging, home automation, soldering
Sciences - biohacking, bio-computing, chemistry, high-altitude ballooning
Open Source - software, hardware, mechanical design, ethos, open collaboration, open science, open data
...and way too much more!
Things we're doing right now
- Quadcopter - learning how to build stuff that can fly and be hacked
- Panoramic camera gimbal - fully automated and to be open source
- The Nuisance - a plasma ball thing that plays with you
- Heater - A computer based heating system for our space