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

    This workshop is an Introduction to Basic Mold Making to be held as a “learn by doing” type class where participants will make a mold of an object, with the goal to be knowledge of how to continue making versus a ‘final object’ result. There will be a demonstration and explanation of the ‘whys’ behind mold making as well as a handout defining basic terms and techniques, followed by participants each making their own mold, a “positive” cast to be taken from that mold in clay. (If desired this positive can be fired to hardness and picked up the next week). Last will be a final explanation of further materials and methods.

    **Participants will learn how to make an Impression Mold and 2-Part Molding will be discussed. 
    There will be a variety of appropriate items available to mold, but you can bring an object of your own to try provided it has no undercuts.

    Class size is limited to 10 People (so everyone can have hands on instruction).

    Pre-Registration is Required.

    The gate code and pre-workshop instructions will be emailed 2-days prior.

    There will be 2 more progressive sessions following up on information taught in this class. The second will be on Multiple Part Molds and using Rubber Encasement/Mother Molds, and the Third will discuss Advanced Mold techniques and materials.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 PM


    Price: USD 70.00 per person

  • 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, May 10 at 7:30 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    A survey to collect project interests and availability

    We are working on the group project this meeting. Come help us out if you can. No skills are required and it is highly likely that you will learn something.

    This meeting

    • Talk about the project / work on the project

    • We have an I robot based robot to work on and a powered chair to convert into a robot


    We are going to work on the two robots.

    Things on the immediate todo list:

    Hack powerchair it be controllable from micro-controller.
    Continue to try and get the kinect 2 working.
    Start working on some telepresence software and other fun software.

    This is a group for people to geek out about robots and build them. We will try to talk about something cool going on in robotics and also work on cool group robotics projects.

    Initially we need to find a project to start with. A telepresence robot for the space was suggested. We will see what kind of interests we have when we do a planning meetup.

    Even if you can't make it feel free to join the google group for it.

    Here are the goals of the meetup.

    • Learn about robotics

    • Create robots

    • Create inspiring additions to freeside (Like the infinity portal)

    • Have short timeframes involved in finishing working iterations

    • Under 1.5 Month

    • Projects relatively cheap

    Below are some potential project ideas and some places we can take those robots in software.

    Potential Projects

    Telepresence robot

    Drawing Robot

    Legged robot

    Robot with arm/hand

    Two wheel balancing robot

    Ball balancing robot

    Inflatable robot

    Potential Software Add Ons

    Obstacle avoidance

    Legged robot that learns to walk


    Robot that learns how to perform some action

    Robot really really learns how to do a task - Deep mind’s algorithm open sourced


    Tentative Regular Schedule

    30 mins - Present / Watch something informative in robotics

    After - Plan / Build project

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 PM