Nottingham Hackspace Annual General Meeting – 3 December

Flyer for the Annual General MeetingThe Nottingham Hackspace Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on the 3 December at 7pm at Antenna.

We need at least 100 members to be at this meeting to have quorate – which means we can approve the budget and vote on the special resolutions.

If you can make it, please do so.

If you are unable to attend, you can proxy your vote and attendance on to another Hackspace member. Email with your proxy member.

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday, 28th November – SOLD OUT

Flyer for the November 2015 Arduino workshop
Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting an all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes, John Moody, and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 28th November.

The Arduino system is a microcontroller board and software designed for extreme ease-of-use and learning, and has been wildly successful all over the world – not just in electronics, but for all sorts of maker projects. If you want to learn how to incorporate electronic control into your projects, this is definitely the workshop for you.

This workshop will cover:

  • What an Arduino is, and how to program it
  • Components and tools
  • Basics of electronics (voltage, current, resistance, etc.)
  • Arduino input and outputs
  • Controlling high-power components
  • Analog output
  • And more!

Aimed for complete beginners, this workshop doesn’t require you to have written a single line of code, switched on a soldering iron or even own an Arduino to take part. All the electronics equipment, including Arduino boards, will be provided on the day, but you will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. It would also help if you installed the Arduino software onto your laptop before the workshop.

This workshop will run from 11am to 4pm, with a break for lunch at 1pm, and will cost £16, which includes use of all tools, boards and components, and free tea or coffee.

Arduino Unos will be available to purchase for £18 and Arduino Starter Kits will be available to purchase for £35. Please bring cash if you would like to buy either of these.

This workshop is now sold out. You can however sign up to the waiting list.

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Nottingslack Crapathon on Saturday, 4 July

Nottingslack Crapathon

In the fine tradition of Stupid Shit No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon held in both New York and San Francisco, Nottingham Hackspace brings you the Nottingslack Crapathon!

Crapathon takes place on Saturday, 4th July.

CREATE… Problems that no one actually has!
DESIGN… Impossible solutions that can never be made!
INVENT… New machines and programs that break as soon as you look at them!
BUILD… Half-assed projects out of duct tape and string!

Why spend your weekend making something that could actually be profitable and helpful? Why volunteer for an underfunded charity, help out in your community, or even just clean your house? THERE’S CRAP TO BE MADE!


Start at any time on the 4th of July! Go!

Noon: It officially starts! There is a spiel! You can use things! Go!

7pm: You’re done! Stop making stuff! Go eat food!

8pm: Awards! We have judges! You can win something!

9pm: Socialise! It’s the 4th of July! Time for some good ol’ American fun! What will it be? Who knows?

Later on: GO HOME.


The Nicholas Coppola Award for Cinematic Genius and Flair

Given to the best use of Nicholas Cage in your hack.

Win your own copy of Season of the Witch, starring Nicholas Cage! (Value approximately £1. DVD cannot be traded for cash equivalent.)

So what are you waiting for – START HACKING!

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Nottinghack Stitch & Bitch Society

Knitting needles

Do you knit? Crochet? Weave? Spin? Nålebinding? Embroidery? Kumihimo? Anything to do with stitching?

Want to sit in a comfortable place and have a chat while doing your stitching? Maybe a slightly mean chat? Maybe a bit off-colour and rude?

Nottingham Hackspace is now hosting a monthly Stitch & Bitch session, where you can bring your textile work and hang out with like-minded people who want to have a talk, get some work done, and maybe complain about things.

Every third Tuesday, from approximately 6pm onwards, we’ll be in the comfy area getting our stitch on.

All levels of expertise are welcome, including complete beginners.

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“Blinky Grid” Scrolling LED workshop

This is a hands-on workshop to create a pretty darn cool scrolling LED display. Its just in time for Xmas messages and easily re-programmable for future use.

Its programmable via light (!) via a simple web interface.

Its a surface mount kit from Edinburgh Hacklab and based upon this kit by Wayne and Layne:


Its a way of learning to solder surface mount components and get something great at the end.

It will be quite a bit of soldering, so the time taken to build it might be a bit variable. Due to this its not totally suitable for younger folk, unless they have a pretty good attention span.

This workshop is £12 including all parts and me to help guide getting it working.(Plus booking fee, sorry).

Please sign up here:

Any questions please email me:

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Hack-O-Ween Is Coming


Dim the lights, get out the jack-o-lanterns, and send the little ones to bed, because on Friday, 31 October, it’s time for…


Hack-o-ween is Nottingham Hackspace’s Halloween party, with elaborate jack-o-lanterns, plenty of snacks and drinks, spooky movies, scary music, and plenty of fun.

There will be a costume contest, so be sure to get your maker skills out to wow the competition!

The party starts at 7pm, and will continue until the werewolves howl outside!

Be there, or look out for hauntings!

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Retro Computing Evening

Commodore PET

Nottingham Hackspace now has a regular Retro Computing Evening, on every third Thursday of the month.

If you enjoy retro computing or retro gaming, with everything from modern-day homebrew Sinclair computers to Apple II and Commodore PETS, then this is the evening for you. We’ve played with Amigas, Raspberry Pi emulators, and more.

Bring in your working computers, projects, or emulators, and enjoy the evening!

Open to members and non-members alike, the retro computing evening starts at 7pm.

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LED Bonanza at the LED Build Day

The selection of LEDs

Ever wanted to play with LED lights? Now you can on our LED Build Day.

Thanks to Instructables, we have a huge collection of 10mm LEDs in a variety of colours, and we’re having an LED Build Day to make everything bright and shining.

From 11am until 5pm on Sunday 17 August, we’ll be working on everything from grand projects to small projects to existing projects, adding LEDs where we think they’ll be best.

If you’re never worked with LEDs, or if you’ve decked out your house in them, you’ll find something at your level of expertise for LED fun.

This event is free, and fun for all ages!

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BarBot Fundraising Party – Saturday, 16 August

Initial design for BarBot

The initial design for BarBot.

On Saturday, 16th August, Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting the BarBot Fundraiser Party.

Members of Nottingham Hackspace have been working steadily on BarBot, a cocktail-making robot, since March. This robot will serve cocktails at Electromagnetic Field, the hacker camp in Bletchley on 29 – 31 August.

BarBot has been a labour of love for these members, and on Saturday, 16th August, you can see BarBot in action, and help out to support BarBot contributors for the cost of materials used, and start buying ingredients to take to EMF Camp.

The party will start at 6pm, and run until 9pm. It will give you a chance to see BarBot in action, and enjoy a robot-made cocktail or non-alcoholic drink. Plus, members will be getting together to design artwork and décor for BarBot, choose a name, and enjoy the robotically engineered drinking experience.

For more information on BarBot, please see the Wiki page on BarBot. For more information on the fundraising party, please contact Mouse.

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Bike Surgery on Saturday, 21 June


Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting a Bike Surgery Afternoon on Saturday, 21st June from 1pm to 4pm.

In this surgery, you can learn how to safely clean your bike, spot any potential problems, and learn some of the easier fixes you can do yourself – no need to constantly take your bike in for servicing!

This surgery will be run by Dave Anning from 2 Wheels Better, a local bike repair and servicing company.

The surgery will cost £5 and can be paid on the day. Basic tools and equipment will be provided, and Rock’N’Roll Bikes is just around the corner if more parts are needed.

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