Events General Hackspace as venue

Global Game Jam at Nottingham Hackspace 27th – 29th January 2012

Nottingham Hackspace will play host to the 48 hour Global Game Jam

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event occurring annually in late January. GGJ brings together thousands of game enthusiasts participating through many local jams around the world. GGJ is a project of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).
You need to register for this event on Eventbrite as entry will be by ticket only!

GGJ 2012 is scheduled for January 27-29, 2012.

General Open Hack Night

The end of the beginning 2011 in review

It seems nearly impossible to image that we were considering moving to the 1st floor of the Old Police Station on Station Street this time last year. The Art Org had just rejected an offer for us to move into the large room at the back of the Old Police Station and they were offering us the use of a double office just above the front door.

We’ve come a long way since then becoming the UK’s largest Hackspace in early May 2011. Here are some of the best bits from the year!

In January we sent a cupcake to LVL1 in Louisville Kentucky for the Global Hackspace Challenge. We managed to come 3rd somehow!

In February we went down to London Hackspace to celebrate them expanding into another unit at their business centre. Here is a picture of Michael inviting us to “Blog that Shhh!”

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In March we went to the Maker Faire UK in Newcastle it was great fun, you really should join us at the next one!

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April was when we learned we’d been evicted from the Art Org and we suddenly found ourselves with a massive challenge to find a new home. David managed to get us feature on!

Nottingham Hackspace loses home, needs £2000 for deposit on new place

… and we went for this big space!

Amazingly we managed to pull it off thanks to lots of very cool people sending us money. We moved in on 2nd May 2011. This video is a tribute to them!

In July we hosted the Nottingham BarCamp our first major event at the space.


…wonder if we’ll be hosting in 2012?

August saw two prestigeous speakers at the space. Richard Stallman and Tim Hunkin!

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…we’ve become friends with Tim Hunkin and we hope to work with him more in the future. We agree generally with the principles of Mr Stallman and were honoured by his attendance, though we feel that RMS should also recognise that whilst software should be free, manners already are!

In September we headed down to Brighton to visit Build Brighton AND the Mini Maker Faire! David tested his 3rd person camera rig!

In October we managed to blag a trip to Southwold to see the under the pier show and meet up with Tim Hunkin

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We’ll be going again in the Spring of 2012, look out for updates.

In November we managed to purchase a major new toy tool by asking for pledges! This puts us in the big league!

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and in December we celebrated Festivus! Make your new years resolution to visit Nottingham Hackspace!



Hack ALL the Spaces!

**Stop Press** You can now access all of the podcasts at

Founder members Kate (@KateMonkey) and Dominic (@ChickenGrylls) do a Podcast about UK Hackspaces. They are one episode in and they promise the next one will be a lot better. Thanks to Jake for our logo. You can follow this podcast on twitter!/allthespaces or email on

Click the image to get the podcast… ALL THE PODCAST


See you at Brighton Mini Maker Faire

Brighton Maker FaireWe’re looking forward to seeing you at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire at the Brighton Dome Foyer and Bar on Saturday 3rd September 2011.


We’ll be taking a number of projects with us including the RepRap 3D printer, our part completed My DIY CNC  and whatever else we can carry with us on the train!



Richard Stallman: Free Software for your Freedom

Nottingham Gnu/Linux User Group

and Nottingham University Compsoc


Richard Stallman

Free Software for your Freedom

A non-technical talk by the founder of the Free Software foundation.

Richard Stallman is one of the most influential speakers on the topics of

Freedoms and Free Software.   

 This FREE event is ticket only so please be sure to register HERE

Wednesday 24th August 2011 – 7pm

At the Nottingham Hackspace


What’s On – July at Hackspace

We’ve got plenty of events on in July why not sign up for a few?


Craft Group HAS CAKE!

Our new craft night “Sew Much Fun” will be on the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of the month starting at 7pm.

Monday 4th July 7pm is Sock Bunnies night (£5 on the night includes kit).

Monday 18th July 7pm is Intro to Knitting (£5 on the night includes all kit needed)

For more information on Sew Much Fun and for future dates and OPEN CRAFTING EVENTS go to HERE! See the SEW MUCH FUN photo set on FLICKR


We call the Lock Picking a sport but really every lock is a puzzle that challenges the mind and the finger. We have an extensive collection of locks and our resident expert Tony will get you started showing you everything you need to know to start picking. All picks provided at the workshop.

Lock Picking – Tuesday 5th July 6pm or Saturday 9th July 12pm

Please register for these events here


Master mailmaker Martin Raynsford returns:  

The workshop will be £8 and provide all the rings you will need to get started. You will be shown how to make

or just how to get started in the rewarding (and rather addictive) creative pastime. Perfect to keep hands busy whilst watching television.




FAMILY FUN Saturday 16th July 11am – 4pm Drop-In

Lots to do for all ages. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Including: Banana DNA extraction!


A major event in July will be BarCamp Nottingham. 30 hours of unconference starting on 23rd July 2011. Click the image above to find out more.

… and don’t forget we have Open Hack Night every Wednesday from 6:30pm, there are members in the space most evenings and weekends. You can find out more by following us on twitter @HSNOTTS or by joining our public Google Group.

Events Group Project Workshops

Hack in the Park – Green’s Mill

Sneinton Festival Launch Picnic At The Mill

25 June
11am – 4pm

Free, Small charge for face painting

Bring a picnic and come along to the Sneinton Festival launch day. Kite making, Face painting, Viking games and crafts. This event launches a week of activities for Sneinton Festival. Look out for the festival programme for details.


The Nottingham Hackspace will provide a Pin Hole Camera and Soldering table at the Sneinton Festival Launch at Green’s Mill Sneinton

As well as a quick soldering lesson on our Flashy  Badges (£2 each all tools and tuition provided take about 5 – 10 minutes).

We’ll be showing you how to make a Pin Hole Sunrise Camera.

What is a pinhole camera?

A pinhole camera is an empty container containing a sheet of light sendsitive paper. In the side, under some black tape, is a tiny hole, which forms and image like a lens.

A pinhole camera will take a photograph of the sun travelling across the sky for a period of up to 6 months! It captures the arc of the sun as it rises from spring until summer.

You’ll be shown how to make the camera and given all the parts you need!

Taking a photo

Find a position for the camera pointing south towards the Sun. Use a compass if you are not sure.  Choose a date to start, the Summer solstice for instance on the 21st June 2011.

Fix the camera sturdily in position. It needs to cope with the weather and with nature!

Sunrise Project Flickr Collection belonging to Knowle West Media Centre



Events General Hackspace as venue

Open Day 29th May – Meet the Hackers

We’re looking forward to showing you the Hackspace! We’ll be open to the public from about 10:00am

There will be lots to see and do:

  • Kinnect Hacks
  • Knitting Machine
  • 3D Printer
  • Lots of projects to see
  • Meet Cheesoid
  • Presentations and talks/Slideshow
  • Try lock picking
  • Solder a “Flashy Badge” with us (£2)
  • Pick up the events schedule

Lots more making and hacking too! If you are coming from another Hackspace or as an invited maker there will be a party (not open to the general public) from 4pm onwards. See you there!



Maker Faire Weekend – San Francisco Bay Area

Wishing All Our Lucky Lucky Friends in San Mateo a Wonderful Maker Faire!

In San Mateo, California this weekend 21st & 22nd May 2011 will be what many makers consider to be the highlight of the year.

Several Nottingham Hackspace friends will be there including Jane & James from Sugru, our new friends at PCB-Pool , the Instructables gang as well as some awesome makers we follow like Lynne Brunning, Mitch Altman & Jimmy Rodgers.

You can follow a lot of the action of various live streams from the Maker Faire across the weekend. Who knows maybe some of us will go next year?