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.
Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups
Freeside Programming Team
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!
This meetup’s topic is:
Big O Notation and an overview of some algorithm classes.
We will introduce everyone to Big O notation, why it matters, and how to calculate it. Then we will talk about what algorithm classes are out there and what they can do. This should help us map out what topics we will want to cover in future meetups.
3:00 - 3:30 = Introduce a cool programming topic
3:30 - 6:30 = Casual Programming Competition!
6:30 - 7:00 = 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)
Pizza will be provided for attendees, with a suggested donation of $5 to Freeside Atlanta for hosting the event.
Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA
Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 PM
Hackerspace Open House
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: http://goo.gl/we3eWP...
You can also get a preview of our space by checking out our photo tour page on Meetup.
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 email@example.com.
Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA
Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 PM
Freeside Braniacs - Fun with Neuroscience and Brain-Computer Interfaces
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, May 3 at 3:00 PM