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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Build a Solar-Powered Phone Charger Workshop

Phone Charger

Get ready for the summer with this fun and exciting workshop on Thursday, 29 May.

Using a simple bolt-together design that requires only basic soldering, you can create a convenient solar-powered USB-output phone charger perfect for festivals, the beach, or just enjoying a weekend picnic.

Dr. Matt Little, Hackspace member, will lead this workshop and cover the basics of solar electricity, with everything you need to create your phone charger included.

The workshop is on Thursday, 29 May, from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets are £20 and available now at Eventbrite.

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop – Saturday, 19th July

Arduino Uno Board

Arduino Uno board. Photo from Nick Hubbard.

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting an all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 19th July.

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 £15, which includes use of all tools, boards and components, and free tea or coffee.

Arduino boards and kits will also be on sale for further exploration of this fantastic system.

Spaces are limited and this workshop is extremely popular, so please book your tickets now.

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Hackspace Open Day 2014

Badge saying Ask me about Membership.

Nottingham Hackspace is happy to announce its annual Hackspace Open Day on Saturday, 17 May, from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

This free event is your opportunity to peek inside the Nottingham Hackspace and to see what amazing projects members have worked on within the space – everything from 3D printers and laser cutters to bicycles and sewing projects!

We’ll also have people on hand to give tours, talk about membership, and to show you what you can do at a Hackspace. From knitting to soldering to colouring to much more, it’s all available at the Nottingham Hackspace!

This event is free and open to the public for all ages.

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Your Hackspace Needs You!

your-empire-needs-youOn 22nd May at 8pm in the Studio will be the Nottingham Hackspace Annual General Meeting!

This gathering of members is by far the most exciting, interesting, awe-inspiring and enlightening couple of hours in the Hackspace calendar!

Ok, it’s actually pretty much like a member’s meeting, but it is something that we have to do to ensure the Hackspace can continue to run, and we need you attend.  In order to complete the year properly and file our accounts, the meeting must be quorate, which means at least 52 members need to be there.

So please make every effort to come to the meeting, or register a proxy vote with the trustees by emailing them at trustees@nottinghack.org.uk.

At the AGM, we will start the elections for our new trustees, so if you are interested in becoming a trustee, please email trustees@nottinghack.org.uk by Sunday 4th May.  You must include your full legal name, a photograph of yourself and a paragraph about why you want to be a trustee.

You can see examples from our current trustees on the Board Wiki Page.

From next year, the trustees will take on more responsibility for the strategy of the space – where are we going in the next few years, and how are we going to get there. Additionally, they will have ultimate responsibility for all the teams, although they will not necessarily be involved in the day to day running.

We hope to see you all at the AGM!

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Arduino Evening: Motor Control on Thursday, 20 March

Arduino Robot Base by Chris Palmer

Arduino Robot Base by Chris Palmer

Following the success of the Introduction to Arduino workshops, James Fowkes will also be running a new series of regular Arduino evenings, looking at specific aspects of the Arduino platform.

Great for anyone who’s been on the Introduction workshop and wants to play around more with this system, the first evening is on Thursday, 20 March, from 7:30 to 9:30.

This evening will focus on motor control, with James giving a short talk on the major kinds of motors you’re likely to encounter in your Arduino projects, including simple DC, brushless DC (BLDC), steppers, and servos, and how each one is driven. Then it’s time to get stuck into making things move!

You can bring your own Arduino and laptop if you want some hands-on experience, or you can watch and listen. Either way, you’ll learn a lot about motors and how to make your next project move!

Tickets are £5 and are available now. Spaces are limited, so buy your tickets now.

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International Arduino Day 2014 – 29 March

Arduino Day BannerJoin Nottingham Hackspace to celebrate Arduino’s tenth birthday on International Ardunio Day – March 29th 2014.

If you’ve not heard of Arduino before (and we think that is unlikely), it is an open source electronics prototyping platform that pretty much kickstarted the making revolution we’re now in.  You can find more details on their site (http://arduino.cc).

On International Arduino day from 1pm we’ll be showing off Arduino projects, and you’ll be able to talk to the makers behind them, putting on mini-workshops throughout the day suitable for all abilities and exploring what Arduino can offer.  If you’ve never used Arduino before, you can come along from 11am to get your laptop up and ready to use them, and even buy a beginners kit if you want to.

From 6pm we’ll be celebrating Arduino’s 10th birthday with a party and a birthday cake (Arduino shaped, of course).

You can sign up for free tickets to the day, party, or both on eventbrite:


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Nottingham Hackspace Photographers

Every first Monday evening we will be starting a new group for Photographers at the Hackspace.

The group is for anyone with an interest in photography, or anyone interested in getting more involved with photography.
I promise we will not judge you by your camera.
We will be having our first meeting on Monday 3rd March, from about 6.30pm onwards. We will finish at about 9-9.30pm
I will be giving an initial talk titled ‘Less worry, more photos’ which will be a bit of an introduction to the ethos of the group packaged
up along side some inspirational words, which will start at 7.30pm.
So people able to arrive a little earlier can socialise, but you won’t miss anything major if you arrive at 7.30pm.
You have to bring a recently taken photo with you as well. Ideally printed off.
If you can not print it off before hand, email it me over and I will print it for you.
This event is free. Non members are welcome.
Any questions you can ask Jake on the mailing list, where we already have a topic for the group.


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