Nottingham Hackspace for carers and social workers

Nottingham Hackspace is an ideal place for people across all of Nottingham to come and develop their skills, whether that’s woodworking, programming, crafting, or art.

These are frequently asked questions for anyone who works in the social care or community service industry as to what the Hackspace can and cannot provide.

Are you a service?

No. We’re a member-run non-profit community. We have no staff, and everything is done by a tireless team of volunteers.

What can people do in the space?

People can do anything that abides by our rules.

Within the space, we have specific areas designed around the tools available – a craft area with sewing machines, fabric, and yarn; an electronics area with soldering irons, multimeters, and components; a laser-cutting area with a computer and laser cutter; a woodworking area with a table saw, a lathe, and hand tools; a metalworking area with a lathe, a mill, and welding equipment; and a separate room with a computer and printer. There is also an area with musical instruments and a library and a kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave, and oven.

Except for events that are open to the public (such as workshops and open evenings), the only people allowed in the space are members and their guests.

Any guests that are brought in by members are the responsibility of the member and agree to abide to the same rules as the members.

The Hackspace is a fully unsupervised location, with members being responsible for their own safety and wellbeing.

What do you expect of your members?

We expect all our members to treat the Hackspace and fellow members with respect and care. Along with our rules, we also have a SafeSpaces Policy that we require all members to follow.

As part of treating the Hackspace with respect, we expect all members to not only clean up after themselves, but to leave the space better than they found it.

How can my client become a member?

Your client must come to an open evening and have a tour. You (or any parents/guardians of your client) are also welcome to join. We have them every Wednesday, from 6:30 until 8:30.

During the tour, our membership volunteers show off everything that is at the space, discuss how the space works, and talk about how membership works. Once the tour is finished, people can sign up to become members.

An active email address is required to become a member, as well as regular computer access to receive emails from Nottingham Hackspace. Membership is paid via standing order.

After entering in their email address, the potential member will receive a link to fill out more details. We require all members to provide their address and telephone number for legal purposes.

Once those details are entered, one of the membership volunteers will review the details and approve them. An email will be sent out with our banking details and a reference code that matches up the monthly standing order with the Hackspace membership account.

We do ask that members be over 18. We do have the potential for people over the age of 16 to become members, but only after their parents/guardians come in to discuss it with our trustees.

How much does it cost to be a Hackspace member?

There is no set amount for being a member – it is based entirely on how each member uses the space.

As a caveat, it costs approximately £10 an hour to keep the space running – just paying the rent and bills. Please use that as a consideration when arranging the standing order.

How is the disabled access at the space?

The main entrance to the space is up one flight of stairs via a spiral staircase.

There is a service lift and a rear door that can be opened. However, we cannot guarantee that the lift will be in working order at all times. We also cannot guarantee that the door will be unlocked.

If your client requires access through the service lift and rear door, it would be ideal if you were to let the membership volunteers know ahead of an open night so they can prepare and ensure everything is working.

Once your client is a member, they will need someone to accompany them to open the rear door after entering from the main entrance.

There are plans in place to have a ground floor entrance, an internal stairwell, and a chair lift, but these are still in the planning stage.

Within the space, we do try to ensure there is easy access through all areas of the space, but there may be areas that are wheelchair inaccessible.

We also regret there are no disabled toilets within the space. There are three toilet stalls, but none have any railings or supports.

Can I visit the space during my working hours?

As the Hackspace operates entirely due to the work of its volunteers, it is unlikely that any of the membership volunteers will be available to provide a tour during working hours.

If you client is a member of the space, you can visit during working hours with them as their guest.

Can we use the Hackspace for our events?

All events are run by members. If you are a member of the space, you can use it for your events, provided that you discuss it with the trustees in advance.

How can I contact the space?

There is no telephone at the Hackspace. The primary way to find out about membership is email membership@nottinghack.org.uk. Please keep in mind that the people answering the emails are also volunteers, and a reply may not be immediately, especially during working hours.

To speak to the trustees of Nottingham Hackspace, please email trustees@nottinghack.org.uk.

Please keep in mind that spam filters and network security systems may block emails from “nottinghack.org.uk” due to “hack” being in the address.

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Build your own WiFi development board in this workshop!

Flyer for the CheeseBoard: Cheddar WorkshopJoin Mouse and Dr. Matt Little to build a WiFi connected development board!

This workshop will be on Thursday, 30 November, from 19:00 – 22:00.

The board is called CheeseBoard: Cheddar, a fully open-source kit from The Curious Electric Company. The board is based on the ESP8266 WiFi system on a chip (the NodeMCU Amica development board) – it’s been designed to try out your ideas quickly and easily, and is a great learning platform for developing ideas on the ESP8266/NodeMCU.

The board contains:

  • ESP8266 Amice NodeMCU unit
  • 124 x 64 pixel OLED display
  • Rotary encoder with push-switch
  • 5 x WS2812 RGD LEDs

There are also breakout pads for connecting serial data and also a socket for an HC-12 wireless serial module.

This workshop will be a mixture of soldering the kit together (just basic through-hole soldering), fitting it into the enclosure, and uploading some basic code.

We’ll be providing some basic programs to get started, but if you could bring along a laptop with the Arduino IDE already installed.

This workshop will be £20 and tickets are available now and are limited.

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Nottingham Hackspace Annual General Meeting

Nottingham Hackspace’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on Tuesday, 12th December, from 19:00.

It will again be at Antenna.

This is our yearly meeting, where we discuss the state of the Hackspace over the past year. We will have a full financial report as well as a review of the previous year’s events.

For the AGM to have full effect, we need to have a quorate vote to approve the finances. This will require at least 120 members attending.

If you cannot make the AGM, you can register a proxy vote, where a person attends and submits a vote on your behalf. We will have a list of members who have volunteered to hold proxy votes in a future email to be sent to members. Or, if you know someone who is attending, you can ask them to be your proxy.

Thank you for being a Hackspace member this past year, and we look forward to see you at the AGM!

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Join the Nottinghack Crapathon on Saturday, 21 October!

It’s time again for the annual…

NOTTINGHAM HACKSPACE CRAPATHON!

Saturday, 21 October!

Poster for the CRAPATHON

Conceptualise and create projects with no value whatsoever!

  1. Create a problem no one has!
  2. Design a solution!
  3. Build it!
  4. Demo it!
  5. Win a crap award!

Rough schedule will be:

  • 12:00PM – It starts! There’s a spiel! You can use things! Go!
  • 7:00PM – You’re done! Stop making stuff! Eat food!
  • 8:00PM – Demos! Voting! Awards! Socialise! (Bring a bottle)
  • Late: GO HOME!

Stuck for ideas? Some of the Crapathon entries over the past two years were:

  • Spray can shaker
  • Fan-powered ghost
  • Magic Hate Ball
  • Bunny Ocarinas
  • Monkey with rolling eyes
  • Cheesoid the Robot
  • Suggestions box that automatically shreds and files all submissions
  • Robot that badly plays the Theremin so you don’t have to
  • Automatic face-recognising laser blinder
  • Rocket salad launcher
  • A box for THE ONE TRUE GOD

This is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Work individually or in teams. Spectators also welcome!

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Find out how to help out at the Team Social on Saturday, 30 September!

Are you a Nottingham Hackspace member?

Have you wanted to help out?

Have you wanted to join a team, but wasn’t sure how?

Have you wanted to have a nice meal with nice people and find out how to help?

We’re having a Team Social on Saturday, 30 September.

Starting around noon, this will give you a chance to find out about the various teams, ways you can volunteer at the space, and get involved!

This is also a potluck event, so bring along a nice dish and plenty of enthusiasm!

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Make conversation with Alexa at the next Notts Dev Workshop!

Notts Dev Workshop

Nottingham Hackspace is happy to host the next Notts Dev Workshop on Thursday, 7 September, from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.

In this workshop, Steven Pears will be going through the stages of building two Alexa Skills using C# and AWS Lambda, as well as how users can take advantage of them through an Amazon Echo Dot.

As the popularity of smart speakers in the home rises, we’ll look at how to get users to interact with the Alexa assistant, discussing the underlying structures and adding functionality.

For this workshop, you’ll need:

  • Laptop
  • Visual Studio 2017
  • AWS Toolkit for .NET
  • AWS account

To sign up for this free workshop, join the Notts Dev Workshop Meetup group.

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Hackspace 2.5 Update

Every Tuesday night, our brave group of volunteers spend their evening developing the downstairs of Hackspace 2.5.

See the latest update thanks to Dominic Morrow and Howard Smith:

Would you like to help out with Hackspace 2.5? Come along on Tuesday night, or find out more on the #hackspace2point5 channel on the Nottingham Hackspace Team Slack (available to members via HMS).

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Get started with DevOps at the Notts Dev Workshop!

Notts Dev Workshop

Nottingham Hackspace is happy to host the next Notts Dev Workshop on Friday, 4th August, from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.

DevOps (a portmanteau of “development” and “operations”) is a software development and delivery process that emphasises communication and collaboration between product management, software development, and operations professionals.

In this workshop, Matteo Emilli will be helping attendees put a small application in the cloud, including the creation of a pipeline, the definition of your Infrastructure as Code, the packaging process, and the release. More advanced practices will also be discussed, like silent deployments, feature flags, and the use of telemetry in your application.

Matteo is an Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps advisor, as well as a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies, with a passion for Agile Methodologies and Processes.

For this workshop, you’ll need:

  • Laptop
  • Visual Studio 2017
  • Azure Tools for Visual Studio
  • Azure PowerShell
  • Azure Account
  • VSTS Account

To sign up for this free workshop, join the Notts Dev Workshop Meetup group.

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Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday, 2nd September

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting an all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 2nd September.

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 £25, 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.

You can purchase your tickets now at EventBrite. This is a very popular workshop, so please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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Join the Nottinghack Crapathon on Saturday, 3 December!

It’s time again for the annual…

NOTTINGHAM HACKSPACE CRAPATHON!

Saturday, 3 December!

JOIN THE CRAPATHON

Conceptualise and create projects with no value whatsoever!

  1. Create a problem no one has!
  2. Design a solution!
  3. Build it!
  4. Demo it!
  5. Win a crap award!

Rough schedule will be:

  • 12:00PM – It starts! There’s a spiel! You can use things! Go!
  • 7:00PM – You’re done! Stop making stuff! Eat food!
  • 8:00PM – Demos! Voting! Awards! Socialise! (Bring a bottle)
  • Late: GO HOME!

Stuck for ideas? Some of the Crapathon 2015 entries were:

  • Suggestions box that automatically shreds and files all submissions
  • Robot that badly plays the Theremin so you don’t have to
  • Automatic face-recognising laser blinder
  • An extended hand
  • Rocket salad launcher
  • A box for THE ONE TRUE GOD
  • A skin conductivity meter to measure your Scientology levels
  • A box of fucks (surprisingly empty)

This is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Work individually or in teams. Spectators also welcome!

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