“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: matt@re-innovation.co.uk

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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


Introducing our regular Retro Computing Evening.

If you in anyway enjoy Retro Computing, or Retro Gaming you are sure to enjoy our Retro Computing Evenings. So far we have had everything from modern day built Sinclair computers, Commodore PETS and Apple II computers.

We have had fun evenings playing Alien Breed on our Amiga 1200s. There is no telling what stuff will be brought in to be shown off.

Whether you have a working computer you want to bring along and show off, a project computer you are trying to fix or upgrade to run off an SD card or even an emulator running on a Raspberry Pi, all are welcome.

Non members are welcome, but let us know you are planning to come along so we can make sure someone will be there to let you in.

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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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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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