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

    Are you an experienced prop or costume builder, or are you a novice wanting first had experience working on a large project? Come join the Atlanta Cosplay Meetup for a group costume build!

    This event is an all skills level welcome work day for those who are looking for other costume and prop makers to build, brainstorm, and collaborate.

    This build session should last 4-6 hours but may go on later in the evening dependent on interest and tasks to finish.  This build session will begin promptly at noon.

    If you are a photographer or videographer who wishes to help document our progress, feel free to attend as well!

    Snacks and drinks provided (but feel free to BYO!), with a suggested donation of $5 to Freeside Atlanta for hosting the event. 

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, January 21 at 12:00 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Atlanta is a Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and lunatics to collaborate. We host this meeting a couple of times a month on Tuesday so that people can check out the space, chat with members of the organization, and get together to plan projects, events, and classes.

    We'll do a quick meeting to introduce everyone, we'll update folks on the progress of projects and equipment in the space, announce classes and events, and occationally feature a 10-20 minute talk by a guest lecturer on an interesting subject. Afterwards, we'll break out into a more informal open house so people can chat, get tours of the space, and check out the cool stuff around the space.

    You can get the gate code using this form:

    You can also get a preview of our space by checking out our photo tour page on Meetup.

    Directions -

    The Space is in the Metropolitan Warehouse complex on Metropolitan Pkwy near Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, and you can do one of two things to get to it after entering the gates of the complex -

    1 - Take a right after entering the gate, then your first left, which is the back side of the complex

    2 - To get to the front door, take the first right shown on the map. To get to the auto bay doors, take the second right shown and drive around to the back side of the complex.

    Overview of the warehouse complex directions found on our wiki.

    Street View of the front entrance.

    If you need any help or have a question, just email us at

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Arduinos are small, easily used, inexpensive devices that can be used to sense and interact with the world, and are widely used by artists, scientists, and hobbyists. This workshop will introduce you to Arduino, walk you through initial or early use of an Arduino, explain basic use of the Arduino and related software, discuss ways in which Arduinos are being used, and provide information about next steps and sources of support.

    Earlier Students Have Said

    "Fantastic introductory class! It definitely helped me get a good understanding of the Arduino." -- Charlie Skinner

    "This was a good class! Moved along at an easy pace and gave solid background info, too!" -- KnowWhere LLC

    "Very helpful introduction to the world of arduino! Great choice of kit to go with the class. Thank you, Jud!"  -- Matthew Read

    "Great way to dip your toes into the Arduino world and practice the basics of its many application potentials."
    - Streetcat

    We will learn:
    Arduino UNO boardArduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment). We will then walk through uploading, running, and changing programs. We will demonstrate that the Arduino can sense the outside world, make decisions, and trigger action back in the oustide world. We will also learn one way an Arduino can communicate with other devices, such as a PC. We will learn about software libraries free for your reuse, and "shields", which can be used to augment an Arduino's hardware.

    Theclass fee is $70, and includes: an Arduino UNO board, a prototyping board, and a great variety of components, including LEDs, buzzers, displays, and related components. You will get to take these home with you! 

    IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED: A laptop computer with WiFi is required for this meetup, since the IDE must be downloaded and installed. We will do this during the meetup.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 70.00 USD