At our Annual General Meeting in December we had a very important item - a potential expansion of the Hackspace. The ground floor of Roden House, the old church, had become available, and we were considering taking it on.
It sounds like an easy decision, but the financial risk is real. The additional monthly outlay is one thing, but the ground floor also needs a significant amount of capital work.
We talked about various ways of raising money, and the AGM voted almost unanimously in favour of expanding, and we took the lease on immediately. We are now the largest hackspace (by floor area) in the UK!
Not very usable floor area yet though! There is a huge amount of work to do, and a troupe of intrepid volunteers descended onto the new space in December to clean it out - the church had left a huge amount of junk behind, as well as some questionable â€œimprovementsâ€ that needed removing, and much still does. We are now planning the layout, which you can see and comment on in our Google Group posts.
The proposed layout should improve our metalworking area, almost double our dusty area, give us some extra space for more CNC machines but perhaps most excitingly give us a new classroom with space for 15-20 (maybe more) person workshops!
The next step is fundraising, so look out for a crowdfunding campaign and a party featuring non other than BarBot - the cocktail making robot built by Nottinghackers. Canâ€™t wait to help us? We have a pledge drive running on the wiki and a number of members have offered loans to the Hackspace. If you are interested in lending money to the space over four years, please email email@example.com for more information.
Join us at Light Night!
On Friday, 5th February, we'll be a part of Light Night, Nottingham's amazing night-time arts and culture event. Two of our members, Ian Dickinson and Matt Little, have been commissioned to host an exhibit - Light Straws. We'll be building a glowing light structure, using straws, LEDs, and the fun of geometry to create something huge and beautiful.
On Saturday, 30th January, we're having a small workshop on how to paint miniatures. Whether you're advancing your skillset or just starting off, this small workshop will give you one-on-one tuition and feedback on getting your miniatures as awesome as you can.
Our very popular Introduction to Arduino workshops are back! On Saturday, 6th February, Ian, James, and John will take you through using the Arduino microcontroller - from the basics on. Arduinos will be available to buy on the day as well.
Learn how to make soap using the cold-press technique in this workshop on Sunday, 21st February, from 1pm to 5pm.
Use coconut oil, lard or palm oil, olive oil, and lye water to create six bars of coloured and fragranced soap. You pick the scents, you get a mould to use, and you find out how easy it is to make your own soap!
The Events team is taking on 2016 running! We're going to be running a lot more workshops, and if you would like to get involved, be that with an idea, a proposal or just your time then we are having an open meeting on Tuesday, 12th January in the comfy area at 8pm.
The Retro Computing group meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30PM and fire up old computers from a bygone era. Our aims are simply to fire up old machines and natter about them. Discuss new projects and fix as necessary.
Stitch and Bitch
Tuesday, 19 January, 6pm onwards
Do you knit? Crochet? Weave? Spin? NÃ¥lebinding? Embroidery? Kumihimo? Anything to do with stitching? Every third Tuesday, from approximately 6pm onwards, weâ€™ll be in the comfy area getting our stitch on.
Thursday, 28 January, 7pm onwards
We'll be sharing experiences, ideas, and peer learning around the Internet of Things. From hardware platforms, cloud services, software, and devices, we'll be talking about connecting devices and software to each other, whether you've already build Skynet or are just getting started!
For our first session, we'll be bringing any projects we've worked on to show off and talk about. Everyone is welcome to attend - just turn up!