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

    We're opening the space up for some build days for locals building modified Power Wheels cars to compete in the Power Racing Series. An event will be part of Atlanta Maker Faire in October, and there will be some opportunities to race at other regional Mini Maker Faires as well. http://www.powerracin...

    Are you building a car? Bring it down and build it with us in the workshop at Freeside! Want to build a car, but don't know how? Come on down, lend a hand, start or join a team! Total budget for a car is $500, not including the original donor child ride-on, 50% of the fair market value of the batteries in the car when it is racing, and a handful of safety gear, spares, tools and chargers in the pits. Count on a build costing $500 to $1000. We're going to meet every other Sunday to build, and may add additional meetups (days TBD) as Maker Faire gets closer. We may also piggyback onto some Freeside Open House nights to do some low impact work (it's hard to safely weld or operate large equipment with a lot of guests at the space).

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, July 27 at 10:00 AM

    Attending: 4

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/194828512/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Programming Team is a group about getting together to learn and practice advanced programming techniques with pizza!


    Every meetup we go over different advanced programming topics, IE:

    Sorting Algorithms, Data Structures, Knapsack Problems, Traveling Salesman, Learning Algorithms, Flow Networks, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and whatever else you might be interested in!

    Schedule:

    2:00 - 2:30 = Introduce a cool programming topic

    2:30 - 5:30 = Casual Programming Competition!

    5:30 - 6:00 = Review/Present solutions


    This meetup is aimed at new/mid level to expert level programmers to help better everyone’s skills.


    The programming competition  can be done in teams or individually. There will be a set of problems with a full spread of difficulty. The set will also try to help everyone practice the covered topic. Currently we are planning on being able to auto-judge C, C++, Java, Python, and Ruby. (Message us if you have don’t use any of the above and have another language)


    We will have a donation can there to help with pizza and to help freeside keep the lights on for events like this. It would be sweet if you could help out.


    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, July 27 at 2:00 PM

    Attending: 9

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/194917522/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    We're building an Art-O-Mat to take to Alchemy, the Georgia Burn!  

    An Art-O-Mat is a vending machine that distributes art.  This project was fully funded by the Alchemy community.  We are on track to collect somewhere between 200-300 pieces of art to distribute, including works by Catlanta and Evereman.  We are actively collecting works of art, so if you're interested in contributing, you can email Joy at joyogozelec@gmail.com.

    The Art-O-Mat explores two of the 10 core Burning Man principles: Decommodification and Gifting.  We express Gifting by distributing art through the machine.  Gifting trees are a familiar sight at Burns, but suffer from accumulating trash or trinkets.  By gifting art (a gift in itself) we create a sort of on-demand gifting tree.  We express Decommodification by not allowing the Art-O-Mat to accept money.  Instead, art is distributed by the machine on a timer.  The machine lights up, and you push a button to receive art.

    The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and decide on the mechanism we will use to actually deliver the art.  We have a few designs and some constraints to weigh.  We will consider and discuss the pros and cons of using Arduinos, relays, stepper motors, actuators, and more to facilitate the delivery.

    Light snacks and drinks provided, with a suggested donation of $5 to Freeside for hosting the event.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Monday, July 28 at 7:30 PM

    Attending: 4

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/196822662/