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

    Starting at 7:30 pm, for one hour, we will review basic electrical concepts, such as Ohm’s Law, conductors, resistors, batteries, current, etc. and get hands-on experience using multi-meters and circuits. After the first hour and going until about 9:30 we will have Q & A, and discuss projects that the attendees may be interested in pursuing. That will give everyone the opportunity to get better acquainted.

    During this second hour, we may also consider whether the desire exists for continuing with subsequent meetings progressing through more advanced topics such as interfacing with Arduinos, software issues, etc.

    This class is for students with serious intent to pursue one or more projects that include electrical or electronic components. The intent of the instructor is to teach electronics concepts to an audience that wants to learn this material at the hobby or amateur level without paying the high cost of professional academic instruction.

    The tools and materials we will be using belong to the instructor or to Freeside.

    You will not need to bring any tools or supplies. However, if you want to bring your own tools or materials, be sure to keep them separate from what is otherwise available in class.

    Class Tuition Fee: $10 per person per session.

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. This is an introductory and open class.

    This is an outreach of Freeside’s education mission. You can get supplementary and additional information on the Internet about electricity and electronics topics. You are encouraged to do so. However, many students benefit from a hands-on learning experience. That is what we intend to provide. At the same time, it is good to become exposed to the terminology and jargon. Electronics is surprisingly broad and each person is at a different point in the learning process.

    Other electronics topics include: Inductors, capacitors, transistors, EMF, EMI, scrounging for parts, electronics theory, how to read circuit diagrams, building circuits from circuit diagrams, building simple circuits found on the web, reading datasheets, circuit construction techniques, circuit design, circuit analysis, interfacing electronics circuits to a computer, SPI, I2C, modular design, integrated components and, of course, working safely with electricity. If one of these is your concern, please hold your questions for the second hour.

    If the project you are building or want to build involves electricity or electronics and you don’t know where to start, this may be your opportunity to get started.

    The instructor is Wayne Salhany. https://www.linkedin....

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 PM


    Price: 10.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Brainiacs looks at both the technology of brain-computer interfaces and the biology of how the brain works. We have a variety of biometrics tech including a Neurosky EEG, Emotiv EEG (if you can get it working), eye tracker, and Leap Motion.

    Right now there's the there are two big ongoing projects, though we love it when people want to share their own projects or start a new one! The first project is a homebrew EEG using the TI (ADS 1299? Is that right?) chip. We're also trying to use a Neurosky EEG to control other electronics like LED strips.

    On the biology side, we'll have a short presentation each month about whatever research has caught our eye lately. Anyone is free to request topics or talk about things they found, too.

    You can join our Google group here.

    Directions to the space for first-timers are here -

    See you there!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, October 2 at 3:00 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    The Atlanta Cosplay Meetup is a monthly social event hosted at Freeside Atlanta, aiming to bring together local Atlanta area costume builders, makers, prop designers, and cosplayers. Whether you are an experienced builder or cosplayer, or you've been interested but never done it before, everyone is welcome to attend! Bring your favorite creation or your current WIP to show off, or just come to meet and network with other builders and costumers in the area.

    As always, feel free to bring any of your props or costumes you have built before to show off to other builders. Or maybe you have a current project that you are stumped on and aren't sure how to finish it off!

    In order to enter The Metropolitan complex where Freeside is located, you will need a gate code. You can get the code by filling out this form:

    A donation of $5 to Freeside Atlanta is suggested for hosting our event!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 PM