One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
  • Freeside Atlanta

    Get hands on experience with the most versatile tool in the wood shop!

    This class will demonstrate the operation of a table saw starting with safety procedures and setup, on to more complicated topics. We will cover basic cross and rip cuts, common jigs and accessories, blade choice, angle and taper cuts, and more. No experience required.

    This class is $30 for non-members and FREE for Freeside members (if you are a Freeside member, please contact AC@freesideatlanta.org (ac@freesideatlanta.org) so you can be added to the class).

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 PM

    2

    Price: 30.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/253660775/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Taste of Stop Motion!

    Have you ever seen a stop motion movie and wondered.."Whoa how'd they do that?, How long did that take? How can I do that?"
    Then this is the class for you! We will be going over some brief history of stop motion animation and then you will get some hands on experience.
    This class will break it down to the basics *squash and stretch, fast to slow movements and a little bit in between. Best part is you'll be able to use your phones using a Stop Motion app ( don't worry that is free).

    So sign up for the first Taste of Stop Motion class and get those Stop Motion questions answered!
    * what you'll need to bring to the class yourself ( of course), your phone( the thing that never leaves you hip), A charger ( for your phone duh) and some patience! Everything else will be provided.

    Testimonial from Bill N: "So, I can't tell you how fun it was to just get immersed in the creative process of stop motion! The talent and experience level of our instructor was equally impressive. I'll be back! To friends and strangers alike, I say, come check it out! You'll thank me."

    See you there!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, August 19 at 6:00 PM

    1

    Price: 15.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/253220241/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    漢字

    Kanji (the Chinese characters used in Japanese) are beautiful, complex, and very interesting. Each has at least one story, and you can add your own.

    Here is a neat pair: 忍者: ninja!

    Come to learn:
    - history of kanji in Japan
    - ways to efficiently memorize the meanings of, and ways to write, kanji
    - why adult foreigners should not study kanji like Japanese children
    - a description of another three steps (learning kanji is first) to learning Japanese, if you feel like it.

    Whether you want to speak and read Japanese, or whether you just want some insight into how kanji work, and maybe to learn one or a few specific kanji, you will enjoy this meetup.

    Participants at the last Meetup said:

    "Dagmar's kanji meetup was entertaining, informative, and convinced me that learning kanji is easy and fun. I'd happily show up for a kanji study group that uses the technique Dagmar described."
    - shapr

    “It was great. It definitely took away some of the mystery of how to learn kanji.”
    - cory

    “Learned a lot and gained quite a few takeaways.”
    - Norma Easter

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Monday, August 20 at 7:00 PM

    1

    Price: 9.00 USD

    https://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/253798460/