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, September 27 at 7:30 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Starting at 7:30 pm, for one hour, we will review basic electrical concepts, such as Ohm’s Law, conductors, resistors, batteries, current, etc. and get hands-on experience using multi-meters and circuits. After the first hour and going until about 9:30 we will have Q & A, and discuss projects that the attendees may be interested in pursuing. That will give everyone the opportunity to get better acquainted.

    During this second hour, we may also consider whether the desire exists for continuing with subsequent meetings progressing through more advanced topics such as interfacing with Arduinos, software issues, etc.

    This class is for students with serious intent to pursue one or more projects that include electrical or electronic components. The intent of the instructor is to teach electronics concepts to an audience that wants to learn this material at the hobby or amateur level without paying the high cost of professional academic instruction.

    The tools and materials we will be using belong to the instructor or to Freeside.

    You will not need to bring any tools or supplies. However, if you want to bring your own tools or materials, be sure to keep them separate from what is otherwise available in class.

    Class Tuition Fee: $10 per person per session.

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. This is an introductory and open class.

    This is an outreach of Freeside’s education mission. You can get supplementary and additional information on the Internet about electricity and electronics topics. You are encouraged to do so. However, many students benefit from a hands-on learning experience. That is what we intend to provide. At the same time, it is good to become exposed to the terminology and jargon. Electronics is surprisingly broad and each person is at a different point in the learning process.

    Other electronics topics include: Inductors, capacitors, transistors, EMF, EMI, scrounging for parts, electronics theory, how to read circuit diagrams, building circuits from circuit diagrams, building simple circuits found on the web, reading datasheets, circuit construction techniques, circuit design, circuit analysis, interfacing electronics circuits to a computer, SPI, I2C, modular design, integrated components and, of course, working safely with electricity. If one of these is your concern, please hold your questions for the second hour.

    If the project you are building or want to build involves electricity or electronics and you don’t know where to start, this may be your opportunity to get started.

    The instructor is Wayne Salhany. https://www.linkedin....

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 PM


    Price: 10.00 USD

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Are you an experienced prop or costume builder, or are you a novice wanting first had experience working on a large project? Come join the Atlanta Cosplay Meetup for a group costume build!

    This event is an all skills level welcome work day for those who are looking for other costume and prop makers to build, brainstorm, and collaborate.

    This build session should last 4-6 hours but may go on later in the evening dependent on interest and tasks to finish.  This build session will begin promptly at noon.

    If you are a photographer or videographer who wishes to help document our progress, feel free to attend as well!

    Snacks and drinks provided (but feel free to BYO!), with a suggested donation of $5 to Freeside Atlanta for hosting the event. 

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, October 1 at 12:00 PM