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

    An Arduino is a small, easily used, inexpensive device that can be used to sense and interact with the world, and is widely used by artists, scientists, and hobbyists.

    This meetup will introduce you to Arduino, walk you through initial or early use of an Arduino, explain basic and useful 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.

    We will learn about the Arduino UNO board and the Arduino 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.

    There is a $30 materials fee (included in your class payment), for 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, October 14 at 7:00 PM


    Class fee: USD 60.00 per person

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Join us at our monthly CryptoParty gathering! What is a CryptoParty? For more information, check this out:

    It's an informal, non-commercial gathering where folks can discuss select topics in privacy, information security and technology.

    Some of these topics include:

    Anonymity: is pure anonymity possible in the Brave New World?

    Browser Security: setting tweaks, hacks, considerations

    Countersurveillance: techniques to baffle and thwart your adversaries

    Dead Drops: USB and otherwise

    Encryption: for email and hard drives

    Internet Cash Schemes: bitcoin, advantages and disadvantages

    Steganography: hidden messages in plain sight

    Symbolic Communication: a public post of red flowers means...

    Virtual Private Networks: how do you use one and how effective are they?

    Whistleblowing: considerations when leaking sensitive information

    If you're at all the least bit concerned about the government scooping up all your internet activity to build a detailed dossier on you and kept on file indefinitely ready to use whenever you get labeled a "terrorist" - then CryptoParty is for you.

    Please consider a $5 donation towards our internet and legal defense fund!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Thursday, October 15 at 8:00 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    EDIT 9/24/15: This month's meetup is moved to Sunday, October 13th at 3 PM to avoid conflicting with the Atlanta Maker Faire! Hope to see you all there. 

    We'll start shifting back towards our usual first Sunday of the month schedule next month.

    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 18 at 3:00 PM