Events Rasberry Pi

Raspberry Jam for RPi – Introducing EVE Alpha at Cape Bar, Victoria Road

The Raspberry Pi Jam, 6th November 2012 will introduce EVE an add on for Raspberry Pi developed by Hackspace members and CISECO.

This event runs from 6:30pm. At Cape Bar on Victoria Street in Nottingham. Please do bring your own RPi or related projects. This event is FREE and open to all (even if you DON’T have a RPi).


Events Lock Picking Workshops

Lockpicking Workshop

Lockpicking Workshop

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting monthly lockpicking workshops with Locksport International, run by Warren Rockley of Locksport International UK.

Running on the first Saturday of every month, these workshops will focus on sport-style lockpicking, including:

  • The legal aspects and ramifications of owning, carrying and using lockpicks and associated tools
  • The tools available, the tools we use and the tools to avoid
  • The techniques involved in picking standard pin tumbler locks
  • Basic single-pin picking with specially modified training locks
  • Single-pin picking of unmodified locks containing security pins

Locks, picks and more information will be provided, and picks will also be available for purchase on the day.

The workshop will start at 1pm and will cost £5.

Please note: This is not a locksmithing course. The Nottingham Hackspace and Locksport International advise against picking locks that are in use or picking locks you do not own or have permission to pick. Any person making references to any illegal activities related to the locks or the techniques being taught or theft will be asked to leave without a refund.

Events Workshops

Candle Making Workshop on 1 October


Learn how to make candles at this workshop on Monday, 1 October, starting at 7:30pm.

Candles are easy to make and can be perfect gifts for anyone who likes a touch of homemade style. Using leftover wax from previous candles, cotton wicks and silicon baking moulds, you’ll come out of the workshop with your own candles and knowing how to make candles quickly and easily in your own home.

The Candle Making Workshop will cost £5, payable at the workshop, and includes all materials, free tea and coffee, and a tour of the hackspace.

Events Workshops

Winemaking Workshop on 27 September

Elderberry Wine
Elderberry Wine.
“Black Juice” photo taken by Jim Champion.

Learn to make your own wine on Thursday, 27 September, at the Nottingham Hackspace, starting at around 7:30.

Hackspace member Matt Little will be explaining the process of making your own wine and how the equipment works – plus there’ll be a bit of homemade elderberry wine to try out!

Making homemade wine is a fairly straightforward way to use up elderflowers, elderberries, dandelions, strawberries, grapes, rhubarb and more! Easier than homebrewing beer, a great conversation starter, and fun!

This workshop will cost only £1 – covering all the details. Winemaking equipment will be kept at the Hackspace, excluding large glass demijohns, which can be purchased at Wilkinsons and online.

So find out how to make wine at the Nottingham Hackspace!

Events Workshops

Felt-Making Workshop on 16 August

An example of hand-made felt
An example of hand-made felt, made by Leticia Hall

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting a felt-making workshop on Thursday, 16 August, from 7pm to 10pm, with Letitica Hall.

Feltmaking is a fun and slightly messy activity for all ages, where you agitate wool in warm water to bind loose fibres together to create fabric. When you’ve created the felt, you can make almost anything with it, from hats to brooches to toys.

The workshop will be £4 in advance and £5 at the door, which gives you materials, instruction, free tea or coffee and a tour of the Hackspace.

To sign up for the workshop, please register on our Eventbrite page.


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Events Workshops

Solar Engine Workshop – Thursday, 28 June

The sun on a blue sky

Nottingham Hackspace will be hosting a Solar Engine workshop on Thursday, 28 June from 7pm.

In this workshop, you’ll create a small circuit that takes low light level power from solar panels and runs a small motor, storing the solar energy and running the motor in bursts.

For £5, you’ll receive full instruction, two small solar panels, a high efficiency motor, small circuit board and all necessary components. You’ll learn basic soldering and a bit about solar power and how circuits work.

With your solar engine, you can create small kinetic art, such as a Solar Roller and more!

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.


Summer of Arduino

During June and July we will be running six Arduino workshops, three 101 (beginner) and three 102 (intermediate).

On the weekend of 23rd and 24th June we will run a 101 and 102 workshop each day.  On Saturday 14th July we will run another 101 workshop followed by an 102 workshop on Sunday 15th July.

More details can be found on our Arduino Workshops page.

101 costs £50 including kit, or £20 if you supply your own.

102 costs £20.

All workshop fees exclude booking fees charged by Eventbrite.  Pre-booking is essential, if for some reason you cannot use Eventbrite, please contact

To book, click on the appropriate Eventbrite link below, and feel free to attend both!


Build a TV-B-Gone

The TV-B-Gone was created by uber hacker Mitch Altman. It is designed to send the ‘off’ code to the vast majority of TVs from a distance of up to 30m. The idea was taken and turned into an open design by Adafruit Industries. This kit has been improved to give much better range and switch off more TVs.

With this device you can create your own small amount of mayhem, switching off TVs which have been left on or are advertising pointless things.

This workshop will be a guided soldering session to build and includes a full kit of parts and a professional circuit board. Its a pretty simple kit so is great for beginner soldering.The workshop will be on Tuesday 8th May from 7:30pm. The cost is £12. Bring 3 x AAA batteries (rechargables best) if you want to use it on your way home.

A link to more circuit information and the instructions on the wiki is here.

It is also a nice introduction to the world of small microcontrollers and I can explain the process of programming micrcontrollers (not via a bootloader, like the Arduino).