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

    We have received a bunch of bio hacking equipment.

    We need to figure out how to make a cool bio lab / chemistry lab out of it.

    This week we are going to be:
    - Testing all the cool toys
    - Figuring out what the glassware is about
    - Going over a plan for mapping building out the lab
    - Moving some of the tables to nice spots
    - Whatever else we need to do to get a lab together 

    In general we need to figure out:
    - What kind of stuff can we do with the a bio lab?
    - How much interest is there.
    - What equipment we have is useful and what isn't.
    - What else should we buy to have a great bio lab.

    We got a lot of great ideas about these last week.

    Please come out and help us out.
    Especially if you want to have an awesome space for community bio hacking and chemistry in Atlanta.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Monday, February 8 at 6:30 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, February 9 at 7:30 PM


  • Freeside Atlanta

    Want to hallucinate in a way that's legal and probably safe? Want to short circuit the path to a meditative state? We're going to build "brain machines". The effects differ slightly by wearer. Most people see bizarre geometric shapes and some people find it a very meditative experience.

    Building them is straight forward. And if you have no experience with electronics, you'll learn how to solder.

    When we're done, you'll have a shiny new brain machine to take home.

    $35, limit 5 people (we have the parts for 5).

    $5, if you bring your own kit (Adafruit).

    If you are not bringing your own kit, please pre-pay by a week in advance to reserve your spot.

    If you are bringing your own kit, let me know. The RSVP limit is only set to 5 because of the number of kits we have available. We can host more than 5 people.

    More details:

    The "Brain Machine" employs binaural tones and flashing LEDs to help you enter a meditative state. The LEDs initially flash at the same frequency as beta waves. After some time, flashes at the frequency of alpha waves are introduced. As time progresses, the beta wave flashes are phased out while theta and delta are ramped up. After some time the sequence is reversed back to beta.

    Meanwhile, headphones play a sine wave into each ear. The sine wave in one ear is out of tune with the other. The combined waves create a pulse that matches the frequency of the pulsing light.

    If you suffer from epilepsy, this might not be a good idea due to the flashing lights.

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, February 13 at 5:00 PM


    Price: USD 35.00 per person