What is a Makerspace/Hackerspace?
Some say makerspaces will replace libraries. As books (and knowledge) ever march digital, what function and role does a library play in society? The library, as the institution we know today, is sure to vanish - our generation will witness its death throes. The Makerspace is the sole heir to its the social responsibility and function, to the ongoing development of skills, and as a curator and index of knowledge.
The Hackerspace Manifesto embodies Freeside values.
These sites give a great introduction to makerspaces and the growing maker movement:
- Wikipedia's Hackerspace Article
- Hackerspaces.org Site
- Hackerspaces Subreddit
- Earth is the Hackerspaces Planet
- Hackerspaces Soup
- Make Magazine
- Maker Faire
Here's a few other collected thoughts from the web about making and hacking, the stuff of real, meaningful, important and relevant work:
What is the best time to stop by and see it for myself?
If enough people gather in a cluster, the cluster may be led around.
We also have events and classes (just about) all the time. Check out and join our Meetup group for the schedule and to RSVP.
How can I get more involved?
Freeside is a member-supported Nonprofit organization. We're always looking for active new members, donors, and supporters. There are a ton of ways to get started. Probably the best way is to introduce yourself at the Tuesday Open House listed above.
The only thing that is required for membership is enthusiasm. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the space and all of the projects going on your first time there, but one of our goals is education and we'll teach you whatever you'd like to know. Don't wait for a class on it either - find a subject matter expert (SME) in the area that your interested in and they'll help you get started.
If we don't have a class/event/project/area that you'd like to see, just rally people to get it. If you can keep people excited about something, they'll help you build whatever you're looking for. The more that our members do this, the stronger Freeside becomes and the more resources you'll have at your disposal.
How much are dues?
Other discounts are available, just ask our Treasurer.
Home was BAMA, the Sprawl, the Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis.
Program a map to display frequency of data exchange, every thousand megabytes a single pixel on a very large screen. Manhattan and Atlanta burn solid white. Then they start to pulse, the rate of traffic threatening to overload your simulation. Your map is about to go nova. Cool it down. Up your scale. Each pixel a million megabytes. At a hundred million megabytes per second, you begin to make out certain blocks in midtown Manhattan, outlines of hundred-year-old industrial parks ringing the old core of Atlanta...
Neuromancer by William Gibson