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 is having a build-out! Freeside members get to flex their right to hack on the space infrastructure and hack Freeside itself into a collective vision. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to come and help us hack the space! We could always use extra hands for buildouts and are happy to show you around the space.

    Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and fitted clothing, and be ready to get your hands dirty! Freeside has safety goggles and ear protection, but feel free to bring your own.

    We will pretty much be there all day, come when you can.

    RSVP for projects here - 

    Food schedule
    12:00 - Donuts and Coffee
    2:30 - Pizza
    5:30 - Byob

    Project schedule
    12:00 - 2:30 Early Projects
    ---- 12:00 - 2:00 - do stuff
    ---- 2:00 - 2:30 - tidy up area
    2:30 - 3:00 Food and Break
    3:00 - 5:30 Late Projects
    ---- 3:00 - 5:00 - do stuff
    ---- 5:00 - 5:30 - tidy up area
    5:30 - late Member bricks, Hang out

    Project More Pink Powerdactyl 
    12:00 - 2:30
    Paint table legs black
    Paint pterodactyl (Now white) with glitter pink tiger stripes.
    Project Leader - Kelly McDaniel

    Project Laser Room
    12:00 - 2:30
    Add shelves for holding resin printer tray stuff
    Add shelves for glove box near door
    Mount monitors to wall to add working room on form bench
    Project Lead: Shanon Clemmons

    Project More Pretty Walls
    3:00 - 5:30
    Paint more of the west wall of Freeside white
    Project Leader - Jack Song

    Project Other Stuff
    3:00 - 5:30
    Mix of small things around the space
    Improve the podcasting room
    Clear out the area under the stairs
    Install led strips under the new electronics bench
    Design and build covers for the holes in the electronics bench
    Setup the raspberry pi wall computer to do cool stuff
    Project Lead: Nathan Burnham

    Project Take All The Pictures
    All the time
    Take pictures on the Freeside camera of stuff getting done.
    Take pictures on other things and add them here:
    Project Lead: Maggie

    Come out and hack on the space with us!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, March 25 at 12:00 PM


  • 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, March 28 at 7:30 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Freeside Brainiacs looks at both the technology of brain-computer interfaces and the biology of how the brain works. We have a variety of biometrics tech including a Neurosky EEG, Emotiv EEG (if you can get it working), eye tracker, and Leap Motion.

    Right now there's the there are two big ongoing projects, though we love it when people want to share their own projects or start a new one! The first project is a homebrew EEG using the TI (ADS 1299? Is that right?) chip. We're also trying to use a Neurosky EEG to control other electronics like LED strips.

    On the biology side, we'll have a short presentation each month about whatever research has caught our eye lately. Anyone is free to request topics or talk about things they found, too.

    You can join our Google group here.

    Directions to the space for first-timers are here -

    See you there!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, April 2 at 3:00 PM