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

    Arduinos are small, easy-to-use, inexpensive devices used to make gizmos, art, and your custom devices interact with the world. They are widely used by artists, scientists, and hobbyists, like you! This workshop will:

    - introduce you to Arduino,

    - walk you through initial or early use of an Arduino,

    - explain to you basic use of the Arduino board and related software,

    - discuss ways in which people like you are using Arduinos, and

    - provide information about next steps and sources of support.

    Interested in making electronic gizmos? This workshop will show you how to use an Arduino to do just that! You will learn the solid basics of using sensors to notice changes in the environment, design program logic to make decisions, and send signals to act on the environment.

    - You will get an Interactive Development Environment (IDE) running on your laptop, to use in programming your Arduino!

    - You will make LED's blink as you wish!

    - You will make a buzzer buzz, under your control!

    - You will use a switch as a sensor!

    - You will edit, debug, and run programs for your Arduino, including using control logic!

    The workshop takes about 3 hours.

    The class fee is $65. During the class, we will use parts from a starter kit that is an excellent value, containing: an Arduino UNO board, a solderless breadboard, and a great variety of components, including LEDs, buzzers, displays, and related components.

    You can purchase the kit at our cost, and take your gizmo home, and continue your adventures!

    - Laptop computer with WiFi
    If you install your IDE on your laptop before the workshop, you will win a Snicker bar, or perhaps some Circus Peanuts. You can do this even before you have an Arduino board.

    Previous Students Have Said This About the class and Instructor Jud Taylor:

    "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

    About the Instructor:

    Jud Taylor is a long-time programmer. He has programmed using
    - TRS-80 BASIC (dark, teenager years)
    - Pascal, LISP, 68000 assembly, C (dark Harvard years)
    - SQL (the shiny Marine Corps years)
    - SQL, Visual Basic, SAP R/3, Notes (effervescent Coca-Cola years)
    - Perl, PHP, Ruby, Javascript, HTML, CSS, XML, Flash (excitingandstressful entrepreneur years)
    - Common Lisp, Haskell, Python (current reality)

    - "Attack the Death Star" game
    - Medium-volume automated emailer
    - Hazardous Materials management system
    - Reports integration tools for Coca-Cola Japan
    - Templating systems for a platform-agnostic, language-agnostic content management system
    - Translator for between EBCDIC and Unicode
    - Month-end reporting system for a vendor to a very large (like, REALLY large) fast food company
    - Lots of puzzles with the Freeside Programming Team and the Atlanta Functional Programming Meetup.

    He first used an Arduino when helping Safecast (see TED for videos) build radiation-detection shields to monitor after-effects of the Fukushima earthquake and radiation release.

    Jud also has done a lot of teaching:
    - MIT and Harvard Students (the shiny ROTC years)
    - Marines and Corpsmen (the "p" is silent, except for total dorks)
    - Executives and entrepreneurs (the shiny Tokyo years)
    - Friends like --> you <--

    He teaches a well-received Intro to Arduino class, a specialized workshop on making blinky clouds, an introduction to Lambda Calculus, and other things.

    On most days, you can find him at Freeside Atlanta, madly scheming, or making something, like fluorescent gummy bears, or a knife from a 10" circular saw blade.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 65.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside is having a build-out! Freeside members get to flex their right to hack on the space infrastructure and hack Freeside itself into a collective vision. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to come and help us hack the space! We could always use extra hands for buildouts and are happy to show you around the space.

    Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and fitted clothing, and be ready to get your hands dirty! Freeside has safety goggles and ear protection, but feel free to bring your own.

    We will pretty much be there all day, come when you can.

    Some of the projects we're focusing on include:
    • Workshop and table resurfacing.
    • Finishing the bio lab.
    • Workshop cleanup and organization.
    • Ponder the meaning behind existence.
    • Finish the Podcasting station.
    • Organize the Ham Shack.
    • Prove P is equal to NP.
    • Send electrical pulses from our brains to our muscles.
    • Move our kiln to its final home.
    • Square the circle.
    • . . . And more to be announced!

    Come out and hack on the space with us!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, June 22 at 12:00 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Experience the magic of making your own Harry Potter wand from real wood!

    (For a limited time, I'm offering the class for a $10 discount, $30 per person as opposed to the usual $40. Sign up soon!)

    This is a beginners level class, even if you've never touched woodworking before, you can do this. For this class we'll be hand carving custom Harry Potter wands from soft wood tree branches. I will have example wands that I've made previously for inspiration.

    Using a sharp carving knife, we will be learning to whittle an organic, asymmetric, custom shape for the handle, and whittling the tip up to a point. After that we'll sand it, and possibly stain it if we have time at the end of the class. We will even be able to drill a hole to insert our own wand cores true to Harry Potter lore. I will be providing the wood for the class.

    You do not have to bring a design to the class. Oftentimes, the wood will have its own unique qualities that will speak to you as you carve it. If you do have a very specific plan in mind, be sure to bring a to scale picture and a stick that is to your specifications (length, wood type, curvature) I do suggest using a soft wood, as it is easier and quicker to carve in one class.

    Another method not included in this class is using the lathe to achieve a nice symmetrical, rounded look, but I like to teach methods that you can duplicate at home, and not everyone owns a wood lathe. There is a separate class for that if you'd like to take that one as well.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 PM


    Price: 30.00 USD