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

    Welcome to Woodworking for Microcontrollers! 

    This class will lead students through the process of designing, cutting, gluing, and sanding a small wooden box that can house an Arduino or Raspberry Pi. Laser cut boxes... who needs em?! Learn how to build your own box from scratch so you can get experience with the woodworking tools at Freeside.

    In this class :
    Students will use various hand and power tools to make a small box out of solid hardwood. It can be a keepsake or jewelry box, but is also sized to work as an enclosure for a Raspberry Pi or Arduino. No woodworking experience required.

    Please wear proper shop attire to this class.Long pants, closed toed shoes, and safety eye wear are musts for this workshop -- We've got the eyewear covered, so just dress appropriately.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 AM


    Price: 75.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Welding for Beginners is a monthly class series that focuses on the fundamentals of welding through hands-on use and practice with different welders - including MIG, TIG, and sometimes stick welding.

    This month's class focuses on learning the fundamentals of safety and tool prepneeded to get started performingTIG or MIG welding on carbon steel

    In this class, you will learn how to safely set up a welding work piece, how to run a bead, and how to set the machine for different work types (i.e. thicknesses of steel). The participants will weld several practice joints and a final test piece out of carbon steel strips that they get to to take home to demonstrate the fundamental joints of welding.

    Meetup Details :
    + May 6 from 12-2PM
    + $150 (pay on the Meetup page)
    + Joshua Terrell is the instructor

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, May 6 at 12:00 PM


    Price: 150.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside is plentiful with great tools that can help you build (almost) anything. With these great tools comes great responsibility, so this class is meant to teach individuals who are new to being in the shop how to properly operate the equipment and use the tools that are in the shop. 

    This is a monthly class, hosted right after Welding class, so those who are interested in learning how to use all the shop tools would benefit from this day-long series of classes that teach you how to properly operate the shop tools.

    This class is FREEto Freeside members, and non-members can pay $10 to take this class. Questions? Send an email to

    Required Clothes:
    + Closed toed boots/shoes
    + Long pants
    + Long sleeves or tee shirt
    + Proper eye wear (provided by Freeside)

    Tools that will be introduced:
    + Drill press
    + Planar
    + Table saw
    + Bandsaw
    + Chop saw
    + Drop saw
    + Angle grinder
    + Paint booth

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, May 6 at 2:30 PM


    Price: 10.00 USD