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Hack the Space Weekend: 8th-10th Feb 2019

[See further details on the wiki]

Message from the trustees

Dear Member,

Recently we have been discussing within the teams and membership that a number of large jobs have been on the list for a considerable amount of time. The Trustees along with the teams have decided that we have enough jobs now to run a “hack the space” weekend. The purpose of this would be shutting the space during this time where no members other than volunteers of this weekend will be permitted to use the space. This will cover both upstairs and downstairs, the following jobs are currently in the plan.

  • Replacement of studio floor

  • Redesigning the Large Project Storage Area

  • Reorganise comfy area including rewiring of speakers

  • Checklist of tools and PAT testing

  • Electrics within the workshop (replacing lights) etc

  • 2.5 jobs TBC

The Trustees request that all teams please keep thinking on what else needs completing and a wiki page will be set up so members can see the job list, place their names against the jobs and the times they can volunteer their time.

Our proposed shutdown will be on 18:00 on Friday 8th February till 18:00 Sunday 10th February.

As you are aware the Trustees are also taking a break for Christmas so I remind members that it make take some time to get any questions answered during this time. I will be taking point on this project and making sure that we have enough people to do the jobs along with materials ordering and liaising with Teams to make sure everyone can have a great day and take part.

If you have any questions you can email the trustees or myself directly. [addresses in Google Group post]

I look forward to posting more information in the near future.


James Adams On behalf of the Trustees

[See Google Groups post and details on the wiki]

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AGM re-run: Thursday 24th January 2019 @ The Hackspace

Email to all Members from the Trustees

As you may be aware, we were unable to conduct the AGM in November as planned as unfortunately we had insufficient members represented either in person or by proxy to be quorate. Our constitution requires 20% of the membership to be represented at the AGM. As a result of this we need to re-run the meeting.

The date for the Nottingham Hackspace Annual General Meeting (AGM) re-run is Thursday, 24 January 2019. It will be held in the Hackspace Classroom (downstairs). Doors will open at 7.30pm and the meeting will begin promptly at 8:00pm.

If you’re a member of Nottingham Hackspace, you need to attend in person or allocate a proxy to represent you at the meeting. We have a number of special resolutions we need you to vote on.

Proxy Voting

If you can’t make the AGM in person, you can make a proxy vote, whereby another member will attend and submit vote(s) on your behalf. If you’d like to register as a proxy voter, or alternatively if you are able to attend and would like to volunteer as a proxy, please add your name to the wiki list at:


For the AGM to happen we need 130 members represented. This is the required quorum as per our constitution. As per section 1.129 of our Articles of Association, if we do not have a total of 130 members (present and proxy voters) then we will not be able to conduct any business and will have to rearrange the AGM for another time.


The agenda for the AGM will be as per the 23 November meeting and is available here:


Thank you for being a Hackspace member this past year, and we look forward to seeing you or your proxy at the meeting.

Kind regards,
Nottingham Hackspace Trustees


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Trustees’ comment on November 2018 AGM

Comment on the AGM from the Trustees

Unfortunately the recent Nottinghack AGM held at Antenna on 22 November 2018 was still not quorate one hour after the published start time, so we were unable to conduct the business that had been planned. The “state of the union” and finances were still presented, but it was not possible to discuss the special resolutions that had been submitted by various members.

The Trustees are planning to re-run the AGM later in January. Please look out for an email in the next few days and encourage all members you know to attend or allocate a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf.


Ian, on behalf of Nottingham Hackspace Trustees


Events Workshops

Introduction to Arduino Workshop on Saturday, 26 May!

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting the incredibly popular all-day Introduction to Arduino Workshop, run by James Fowkes and Ian Dickinson, on Saturday, 26 May.

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.

Arduino board in actionThis 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, with a limited number of spaces, so please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

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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.


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…


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


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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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.