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

    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, June 27 at 7:30 PM


  • 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.

    Are you interested in making electronic gizmos and gadgets? 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 $45. 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.

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

    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. Or, if you install your IDE on your laptop before the workshop, you will win a Snickers. You can do this even before you have an Arduino board.

    Previous Students Have Said This About 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

    "Knowledgeable and patient instructor. Well-paced class." -- Erin

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 45.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    The Mammal Gallery is hosting a fun one-night robot building and battle competition at their gallery in Downtown Atlanta. See the event details below and RSVP to attend this exciting event at a cool Atlanta art space. The first 32 participants to arrive will be entered into the competition!

    See Mammal Gallery's Facebook event here >>  https://www.facebook....

    "We are excited to announce the most unpredictable robotics sporting event will be coming to a friendly neighborhood Mammal Gallery near you on June 30.

    Hebocon celebrates the technically ungifted and the creative and charming robots they build. 32 amazing & crappy robots will compete in a sumo-wrestling tournament where they are awarded prizes for victory and electives such as "least high tech robot".

    The public is invited to join us at 5pm for robot making (bring your own materials if possible). The first 32 to arrive will be entered into the main sumo event. Other heboi robot events and battles will also take place and will include any and all heboi participants regardless of sign up order.

    The Sumo Tournement will begin at 9:30.

    Machine Specifications - please participate with a robot that satisfies all the conditions stated below:
    - It is technologically poor (please refer the paragraph on the high-tech penalty rule)
    - It is not equipped with a device that deliberately sets out to destroy opposing machines (such as a moving electric drill)
    - It is not over 50cm across, nor 50cm long (no restrictions on its height), and weighs no more than a kilogram.

    In the case any of the following features on a robot have been achieved through the technical abilities of its creator, that creator is to be penalized for demonstrating overly high technical capabilities. This includes:
    - Remote controls
    - Automatic controls (controls triggered by information sent by sensors of any kind, measurement of passed time, or measurement of travelled distance, etc.).
    - Anything else the judges may consider as being high-tech.

    Note: The penalty is to be applied in each match that the high-tech feature concerned is enabled. The penalty is not to be applied in matches where that high-tech feature is not used.

    Note: The penalty is not to be applied in the case where there is a high-tech feature on a robot, but not achieved through the technical capabilities of its creator.

    Example: A machine consisting of a ready-made radio-controlled car and a bunny wrapped around it would not be subjected to the penalty, as the creator had nothing to do with the creation of the radio-controlled mechanism.

    Note: Even if a robot has high-tech features, if the implementation fails or if it does not work at all, it will not receive a penalty
    Example: The robot is supposed to automatically pursue the opponent, but instead it just turns around in place.

    Note: Participants will be able to check in advance with the organizer of a particular Hebocon competition whether or not his robot would be considered as being high-tech by the judges.

    The penalty deducts six points per high-tech feature per match. More points are deducted in the case a robot has multiple high-tech features.

    So, those are the rules. If you are planning on entering a Hebocon
    competition, please make sure you read the document titled “What is
    Hebocon.” Hebocon is not about winning the championship. It is more important to enjoy Heboiness.

    Don’t worry about winning, and just praise each other’s Heboiness!"

    Atlanta, GA - USA

    Friday, June 30 at 5:00 PM