Events Hackspace as venue

Maker Playgroup – Saturday, 7 July


On Saturday, 7th July, Nottingham Hackspace will host its first Maker Playgroup, a chance for parents and small children to enjoy the hackspace.

Starting at 10am, Maker Playgroup is a great way to see the space and talk to other makers and hackers. There will be crayons, paints, cardboard boxes and plenty for children to play with, whether inventing a new rocket ship or just colouring a robot.

Share your favourite parenting hacks, get to know other parents, and play at the Nottingham Hackspace!


Hackspace Ladies’ Night – Thursday, 12 July

Photos of women

Thursday, 12 July is the first Ladies’ Night at the Nottingham Hackspace.

Ladies’ Night is an opportunity for women to see the Nottingham Hackspace and the possibilities, from bicycle repairs, to woodworking, to laser cutting, to textiles, to art, to electronics, and much more.

Projects will be on display and there will be opportunities to tour the facilities, talk with female Hackspace members about the space, and create something of your own to take home. Snacks and drinks will also be provided.

Nottingham Hackspace believes in providing opportunities for all people to explore, create, design, invent and rebuild, and encourages women of any age, knowledge set or skill level to discover what they can create.

This event is free and starts at 7:00pm.

Partners and children are welcome, but, please, no unaccompanied men, and please watch your children at all times.

For more information, please contact Kate, or find her at one of our Open Hack Nights.

Events Workshops

DIY Solar Power Weekend

The sun on a blue sky

Nottingham Hackspace will be holding a weekend of DIY Solar Power, run by Hackspace member Dr. Matt Little of RE-Innovation.

On Saturday, 4th August, you can Build Your Own Solar Power System. At this day-long workshop, you can build a system including a 10Wp solar panel, charge regulator, voltmeter and enclosure – great for charging up batteries, phones and more.

The workshop will cover solar power technology, load assessment, resource assessment, system design, and batteries and controllers – and you won’t need previous experience with solar power or electronics!

This course will cost £60 for the full kit and instruction, and £10 if you bring your own components and just need instruction.

On Sunday, 5th August, you can Build Your Own Solar PV Panel. At this practical workshop, you will learn to cut solar PV cells, soldering, wiring and encasing for a long lifetime, building a 12v solar panel with an output of approximately 5Wp.

This course will cost £40 for the full kit and instruction, and £10 if you bring your own components and just need instruction.

Numbers are limited for both workshops, so please book your place now!

If you have any questions, please contact Matt or find him at one of our Open Hack Nights.

Events Rasberry Pi

Raspberry Jam at Nottingham Hackspace

Nottingham Hackspace’s first Raspberry Jam was a success, with around 40 people attending to see what the fuss was about.

The Raspberry Jam at Nottingham Hackspace
The crowd at the Raspberry Jam

The Raspberry Pi is a low-power computer approximately the size of a business card. Designed originally to get kids into programming, the size, wide range of uses and the low cost of just £25 made it an instant win with programmers and hackers all over the world.

Getting to know the Raspberry Pi
Getting to know the Raspberry Pi

At the Raspberry Jam on Tuesday, 3 July, Raspberry Pi owners, people waiting for their Raspberry Pis to be delivered, and people wondering what all the fuss was about came and saw some of the possibilities this innovative computer could provide.

Working with a Raspberry Pi and a robotic arm
Working with a Raspberry Pi and a robotic arm

Due to the success of the first Nottingham Hackspace Raspberry Jam, we’ve decided to hold monthly Jams, starting the new Raspberry Pi User Group (RPUG) in Nottingham.

The next Jam will be Tuesday, 7 August, from 6:30pm onwards.

Please note: If you have a Raspberry Pi, please bring your own monitor, keyboard and power supply, as we have a limited number at the Hackspace.


At the Nottingham Green Festival

The Nottingham Hackspace stand at the Green Festival
The Hackspace stand at the Green Festival

Nottingham Hackspace was proud to take part in the 2012 Nottingham Green Festival, an annual celebration of everything environmentally friendly, taking place at the Arboretum on Sunday, 10th June.

Along with flyers and information about the hackspace and upcoming events, we also had Bee Hotels for sale and Hackspace member Matt Little‘s creations – a solar-powered sound system and a child-powered bubble machine.

The bubble machine was a hit with children of all ages, giving them an introduction to how pedalling a bicycle could produce enough electrical energy to run a small fan and rotating bubble wand.


Examples of Bee Hotels
Bee Hotels created at the Green Festival

The Bee Hotels, made from pieces of bamboo and cardboard tubes, were also a success. Providing shelter for solitary bees, bee hotels provide shelter and protection for the 220 species of wild bees in the UK.

If you missed your chance to see the Hackspace at the Green Festival, we will also be at the Sneinton Market on Saturday, 30th June, as part of the annual Sneinton Festival.

Events Uncategorized

Ready for the Derby Mini Maker Faire?

The crew at the Derby Silk Mill have been working around the clock to get the Derby Mini Maker Faire organised. It’s going to be pretty cool too. The Faire will be 11am – 4pm on Sunday 3rd June.

There will be a load of makers from all over the UK as well as other Hackspaces such as HacMAN, London Hackspace and Build Brighton and there. Saturday 2nd June will be a Makers Only day with opportunities to collaborate and work on project without the public being in the way!

Nottinghack regular Martin Raynsford will be running a table about his 365 Laser cutting project and Jake Howe will be exhibiting some of his excellent Instructables and Steam Punk props.

Tim Hunkin will be giving a talk about his excellent Under the Pier Show too! There will be a lot going on. See you there!


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

Full Persian Chain
Byzantine Chain
Inverted Round Chain
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 UK 2011 Day 1

It’s the end of day one in Newcastle, and we’re in the pub with guys from hackspaces in Northhampton, London, Leeds and Dublin.

Its been a fantastic day walking around the Maker Faire, meeting people from all the other UK Hackerspaces and of course all the other makers.

Arriving at the Life centre via the makers entrance, we were shown upstairs to the Hackerspace area, where the London Hackspace people were all ready encamped and busy hacking away.

The stands were all very diverse, and among many other things included Make offering flashing LED badge kits next to a space where people could learn to solder, motorised mountain bikes, musical tesla coils, giant etch-a-sketches, glowing couture, papercraft gear hearts, fundraising charity Daleks, and tuition in constructing “survival cups”; simple bits of polystyrene that can show you north and south, day or night. Northackton covered their stand with an enormous three dimensional cardboard spider.

Some of the stands were held by commercial companies, some by hackspaces, and some people there simply had projects they wanted to show off and gauge interest on

We’ve hardly had time to look at everything there, and are going back tomorrow. Pictures and videos to come.

Check Out this awesome video of ArcAttack