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New Computerphile Video: Nottingham Hackspace Tour

https://youtu.be/NlKjFZwW3Ts

“Nottingham Hackspace, or Nottinghack, has starred in the background of numerous Computerphile videos, but what is a hack-space? We asked ‘Fire-pong’ and ‘Laser-cut Pipe Organ’ maker & Nottinghack Trustee Ian Dickinson for a tour.”

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General Hackspace Equipment

Electronics area relocated

The electronics stations have been moved downstairs into Hackspace 2.5.

The test instruments, tools, small component storage and cable racks have also been moved. In the next fortnight a breakfast bar style storage unit will be constructed down the middle of the room between electronics and CNC. Members will find that the lighting is much better. Use your normal RFID card to gain access.

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General Hackspace as venue

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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General Group Project

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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SafeSpaces at Nottingham Hackspace

The Hackspace is a wonderful and joyous space.  To make sure that all our members, guests, and event attendees get the same amazing experience of the space, we now have a SafeSpaces policy.

This policy covers the Hackspace and the interactions we have when representing the Hackspace at external events.

We hope you will join us in wanting to make the Hackspace a better place.

If you have any concerns about this, please email trustees@nottinghack.org.uk. If you would rather talk to a trustee directly, their email addresses are available on the wiki.

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General

A Year in Review 2013

It’s been a year of consolidation at Nottingham Hackspace with a few milestones too. It’s was our 2nd full year at Roden House and our 3rd since Nottinghack was founded. This year marked us breaking the 200 member boundary but also slipping into 2nd place as the UK 2nd largest Hackspace (with London Hackspace’s move in June).

Some highlights have included

The Ukulele Orchestra of Hackspace founded and has since spawned into a number of interesting ventures including Luthiers (Stringed Instrument Makers) Club and Olde Timee Band who you can here playing here. If that is something you like then you can join in most Monday evenings from about 7pm. In fact 2013 was very social all round with the inauguration of Friday’s informal “BAD MOVIE NIGHT” as well as some nice group meals!

We suddenly got famous too, BBC Click featured us in a story by LJ Rich called “Can anyone do DIY Tech?”

 

Our appearance of television coincided (and not by accident) with us being featured on Hack-A-Day and as a result we had our busiest open night ever…  so we decided to do a live hook-up with London Hackspace and Hackspace Manchester!

We were very happy to see the return of the UK Maker Faire this year and of course Nottingham Hackspace was there in strength providing not only a Hackspace table but also a UK Hackspace Foundation table as well!

We’ll be going to the Maker Faire 2014 too of course. Will you be coming along?

With so many new members we had a very busy and full Annual General Meeting this year. We needed to get at least 50 members in the room! It was a good opportunity for a group photograph.

We’ve had some super hard-work put into running workshops of all kinds though the Arduino workshops have been sold-out and very popular all year! We have more in 2014 check the calendar.

We had fun around Nottingham too when we took part in Light Night… we’re doing that again in 2014 so break out the LEDs and EL Wire!

… we got outdoors again and into the Arboretum to join in with the Green Festival!

What will 2014 bring? We’ve a lot of things planned and we can’t wait to see what you build at the Hackspace!

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Get Involved!

volunteerNottingham Hackspace is run entirely by volunteers – nobody gets paid, or any other reward, for helping keep the space running.

Well, that’s not entirely true.  You do get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that you have helped to improve an organisation that is committed to providing space for everyone to work on their projects and meet similarly minded people.

We always need more people to help keep the space running, so what can you do to help?  Anything!  You don’t even need any particular skills.  We have jobs ranging from sweeping the floor to building walls to maintaining machines.

If you are not sure how you can help, we have a list of jobs available on the wiki:

http://wiki.nottinghack.org.uk/wiki/Volunteering

Or you can turn up to a Hack the Space day – every first Sunday of the month from 11am.  There will be lots of jobs and people to help you find something useful to do.

We’ll see you in the space soon!

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Pwned

Yesterday, around 2pm, The Nottingham Hackspace website was broken into and all the content deleted.

Matt Lloyd and I spent a lovely afternoon before the members meeting trying to track down the various issues and identify the vector that was used to break in.  This is what we know so far:

  • The original break-in happened in early June, and injected a fairly well known zend_framework hack – no content was compromised at this point
  • It did, however, open up a big hole in WordPress
  • It also spread very effeciently – every writable PHP file on the server ended up with the injected code
  • Yesterday, someone (possibly the same person) exploited that hole to break into Dominic’s account on WordPress
  • They proceeded to delete everything
  • They then wrote us a very nice post entitled “SUM TING WNT WONG”

We (mostly Matt) have now restored all file, posts and pages and most images.  If you notice anything out of place, please let us know.  All wordpress users will need to change their passwords, and your permissions have been temporarily changed to “Subscriber”.  We will let you know when to change you password – there is still a bit to do yet.

Unfortunately, as the wiki and wordpress share a database, we have lost the last 4 days of wiki edits.

So, lessons learnt:

  • Keep your WordPress install and plugins up to date
  • Separate the wiki and WordPress databases
  • There are plugins available that keep an eye on the core WordPress code (such as “Exploit Scanner”)

 

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Open Hack Night

Open Night in Photos

Photos from last nights open hack night.

Looking at the slide we will be using to build our new laser cutter.

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The beginnings of a real world video game

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Colouring and the start of a dart board clock

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The internals of a real life loveable BMO from Adventure time

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A cape for a convention outfit

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Fixing a laptop hinge

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Making a new ground sheet for a tent

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Our Open Nights are every Wednesday evening, from 6.30pm onwards.

These photos are just a taste of the varied projects you can see people working on. As always, if you plan to come along, be sure to bring a project with you.

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General

Nottingham Hackspace on BBC Click

Nottingham Hackspace on BBC Click
Screenshot of the BBC Click website

You can see the Nottingham Hackspace and some of its members on BBC’s Click this weekend or on the BBC website.

LJ Rich (@LJRICH) came to Nottingham to visit Phenoptix and the Hackspace as part of her piece on DIY tech. From Minty Boost kits to Raspberry Pis to laser cutting, the news piece covers a wide range of electronics and ideas that you can explore at the Nottingham Hackspace.

Click airs on the BBC News channel, and can be seen at 7:30pm on Saturdays and 1:30pm on Sundays.

If you are interested in seeing what you can do with tech, come see us on Wednesdays at our Open Hack Nights!