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 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.


    Schedule:

    2:00 - 2:30 = Introduce a cool programming topic

    2:30 - 5:30 = Casual Programming Competition!

    5:30 - 6:00 = 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)


    We will have a donation can there to help with pizza and to help freeside keep the lights on for events like this. It would be sweet if you could help out.


    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, December 28 at 2:00 PM

    Attending: 6

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/216597232/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    Join us at Freeside Atlanta to ring in 2015! We will be mingling, playing board games, video games on the projector, and opening our space to the public for New Year's!

    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 occasionally 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.

    We look forward to seeing our members, friends, and guests to bring in the new year together!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Wednesday, December 31 at 7:00 PM

    Attending: 9

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/219295580/

  • Freeside Atlanta

    We haven't had a meeting in a while, but several of us who are interested in this stuff and are also Freeside members have been working on the next phase of this Meetup - We're building an open biometrics lab to keep at Freeside and build experiments and projects with.


    The main components that we're currently working on implementing are:

    • Neurosky EEG to Arduino interface.

    • Neurosky to Raspberry Pi interface.

    • Biometrics array research (skin galvanometers, EMGs, eye trackers, and other advanced interfaces)

    • Analysis and archival libraries (Python mostly, for now)

    • OpenVibe research and exploration


    We hope to use this toolkit to build amazing projects and conduct research. We've already had one successful gaze tracking study and Randall has his ongoing sleep study. But we'd like to do LED lighting using EEGs or make a mind-controlled Tesla Coil. It would be cool to pair EEGs with other different interfaces, so we can do gaze tracking and infer levels of concentration, focus, and surprise from EEG data. Or we could use two EEGs and study different kinds or interaction or competition. Mental tug-of-war, anyone?!

    We can do basically any project like this if we can finish the different interfaces needed to do analysis and hardware control with these devices.

    If you'd like to pitch in on the effort and/or add an interface that you'd like to incorporate (Google Glass, Android, DMX controller, etc...) then this Meetup is for you. These meetings will lean a little closer to a work day until we start finishing pieces of the lab. It'll still be a lot of fun and folks that help to build it will have first access to start building AMAZING projects. We're pretty excited!


    You can join our Google group here.

    Directions to the space for first-timers are here -
    https://wiki.freeside...

    See you there!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Sunday, January 4 at 3:00 PM

    Attending: 8

    Details: http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/events/218328312/