Makerspaces and Hardware Hackers are on the rise!
The Homestead Atlanta
OK, I'll admit it: This isn't exactly the usual open hardware entry you find on these pages. But I think their philosophy of "Empower yourself to become a producer instead of a consumer" works with the entire sharing/growing/giving mindset of the open community. So with that, here's the link to TheHomesteadAtlanta.com. Which seems to offer a large number of excellent classes on becoming more self-reliant around the urban homestead. From food, to knitting, blacksmithing, woodworking, etc. The local makerspaces offer classes in welding and fabricaiton and have lathes and saws available, so I think this dovetails well (a woodworking term, by the way). Sign up and have fun.
The Maker Station
There's a new maker space just off the Marietta square: The Maker Station. Looks like a nice website with lots happening. I need to stop by next time I'm in the area.
Decatur has a MakerSpace off of Ponce. See their Decatur Makers Website, which is nicely done. As of this writing, it looks like they're still in build-out, but we'll be keeping an eye on them.
MASS is an acronym for music, art, science, and social. We are an organization that thrives on good ideas with creative, professional, and inventive by-products. See their website for more info.
There's a new makerspace in Gwinnett county, called Geekspace Gwinnett. Not much on their web page so far, but they do have a Meetup Page for future meetings. I saw them at the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire.
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.