Lockpicking Workshop – Learn to Pick Locks Legally – SOLD OUT

Learn the basics of lockpicking in this all-levels workshop on Saturday, 23 January.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • The legal aspects and ramifications of owning, carrying, and using lockpicks and associated tools
  • Which tools are available, the tools that we use, and the tools to avoid
  • The techniques involved in picking standard pin tumbler locks
  • Basic single-pin picking with specially-modified training locks
  • Single-pin picking of unmodified locks containing security pins

Locks, picks, and more information will be provided, and picks will also be available for cash purchase on the day.

The 9:45am – 12:15pm, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, and 3pm – 5:30pm workshops are now SOLD OUT.

Please Note: This is not a locksmithing course. The Nottingham Hackspace advises against picking locks that are in use or picking locks you do not own or have permission to pick. Any person making references to any illegal activities related to the locks, the techniques being taught, or theft will be asked to leave without a refund.

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Do you want to paint a model? – Miniatures Painting Workshop 101

An H painted on the side of a modelWe’re starting a new series of workshops for people who enjoy painting miniature models. Come and learn the basic and expert tips to improve your skillset in this workshop on Saturday, 30 January.

Designed for hobbyists and enthusiasts, the first workshop will focus on:

  • The Fundamentals – The anatomy of a paintbrush; basic painting concepts; how to use basic tools; and how to care for your brushes and tools
  • Essential Skills – How to build models; how to de-sprue, clean up, and prepare for painting; how to prepare your paints; and how to look after your paints, glues, and sprays
  • Basic Painting – Basic techniques such as basing, layer painting, and highlighting

The workshop will run from 10am until 3pm, with an hour lunch break. There will also be a tour of the Hackspace and information about becoming a member, if you’re interested.

Tickets are £20 and can be purchased on EventBrite now.

Please bring your own models to paint, or if you contact us ahead of time, you can purchase a set of models to paint for £6.

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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 trustees@nottinghack.org.uk with your proxy member.

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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!

SCHEDULE:

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.

CHALLENGES:

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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“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:

https://www.wayneandlayne.com/projects/blinky-smt/blinky_smt_grid_finished

 

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:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blinky-grid-scrolling-badge-workshop-tickets-14695780475

Any questions please email me: matt@re-innovation.co.uk

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Hack-O-Ween Is Coming

Hack-O-Ween

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

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

Bikes

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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