Potteries Hackspace Re-launch

October 31, 2012 by

It’s tonight! The new space in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Here’s Simon’s announcement:

“After some clearing (which I sadly missed) and some bench building and pizza, the new Hackspace is now open!  The address is

Potteries Hackspace (Formerly Randles Garage)
Higherland
Keele Road
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 2HN

The entrance is up the slope at the back, in through the roller shutter doors, and we’ve the benefit of being opposite the Wagon and Horses Pub..

Thanks to James for arranging it, we’ve now got plenty of space for crazy building, pizza nights, soldering and small explosions..  At the moment, it still needs work, we need to put in some electrical sockets and get some more desks and things, but its a start!

The first proper meeting will be next Wednesday, (31st) at 7pm, and everyone is welcome!
Bring something to build, play with, show off, or just yourself….

Hope to see everyone Weds..”

and here’s a map link:

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=ST5+2HN&hl=en&geocode=+&hnear=ST5+2HN,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16

Meet you in Tunstall

November 2, 2011 by

Things are moving ahead slowly (very slowly, but I’ve been a bit too busy lately). We have the new space in Tunstall at TECC, where we have a temporary bench for making and hacking until they get the grant to expand the internal space, when we will have even more facilities.

We need to start meeting and making regularly, so I’ve put up a poll on Doodle to see which week(s) in the month, and what times, suit people.

http://www.doodle.com/mbem893qgmukcr7f#table

Please fill in your availability – the hackspace won’t gt anywhere without you!

We’d also like to run some weekend events, such as Howduino, to draw in a broader local audience. All suggestions welcome :-)

http://twitter.com/hsNW

http://groups.google.com/group/potteries-hackspace

http://groups.google.com/group/potteries-hackspace

A Potteries Hackerspace

June 1, 2011 by

While the geographers may dispute whether Tunstall is part of England’s North West, we’re just happy to announce that the wonderful people at The Ethical Computer Trust in Tunstall have offered us space at their new facility.

TECC entrance

Behind these gates - frenzied computer recycling activity and, soon, a hackspace

For more details and updates on the new space as it starts up and develops, join the Potteries Hackspace GoogleGroup – or check back here, or on Twitter.

Liverpool Makers Night – Weds 16th February

January 31, 2011 by

Building on the success of January’s Makers Night and the excellent Fabcamp this weekend, we’re holding the next Makers Night on Wednesday 16th February.

Once again it will be in the basement of the LJMU Art and Design Academy (directions and address), starting at around 6:30pm for a 7pm start.

It’s open to anyone and everyone – you don’t need to know anything beforehand, come along and find out more first hand.

The evening will run something like this…

7pm: Welcome and housekeeping
7:10pm: “One Minute Project Pitches” – If you’ve got a project or an idea for a project and want to get some help, then here’s a chance to pitch it to the whole group to find someone to lend a hand or expertise.
7:20pm: Get Excited and Make Things. Work on your project or learn something new. This is the meat of the evening and will include (but is not limited to):

  • A “Beginners Arduino” session if anyone wants to get started with Arduino or electronics. Ideally bring your laptop with you if you want to do this.
  • Laser-cutting. I expect quite a few of the people who came to Fabcamp will be along to get some more time on the laser-cutters but you don’t need to have been at Fabcamp to find out more and have a go…
  • General hacking. I.e. work on your own project with like-minded individuals on hand to be impressed when you get something working, or to offer advice and sympathetic head-scratching if it doesn’t
  • Makerbot Cupcake building. Local company Blue Fountain have very generously bought a Cupcake 3D printer kit which will hopefully have arrived by then, so we’ll need some people to start building it…
  • A tutorial workshop session. We haven’t finalised one for February yet, but hopefully each month one of the hackspace members will lead a simple project tutorial – something like making an Arduino from scratch, building a solar chime, or a simple FM transmitter. Check on the mailing list to find out if we’ve got anything organised.

8:45pm: We get kicked out of the ADA and retire to a nearby hostelry for a well earned pint.

If you’ve got any questions, want to find out more, or just want to hear about future plans, sign up for the NW Hackspace mailing list (/Google group).

Hope to see you on the 16th!

Maker Night, a Review and Slides

January 22, 2011 by

There was a great turn out for Maker Night on Wednesday, and it seemed to go down well. I’ve written a bit about it and posted my slides over on my blog.

They’ll be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, at the Art & Design Academy on Duckinfield Street. 6:30pm for a 7pm start.

First Liverpool “Maker Night” on Wednesday 19th January

January 12, 2011 by

As part of the ongoing mini-reboot of the Liverpool Hackspace, we’re making the monthly meetings more focused and hands on (rather than just drinking and chatting) evenings, from next Wednesday. It’s a good chance to get to grips with electronics, hardware hacking and digital fabricating…

We’ll be meeting at the Art and Design Academy (directions and address), on the 19th Jan at around 6.30 for a 7 o’clock start – finishing at 8.45 so that we can make it to a public house for post meeting refreshments.

As this is our first meeting at ADA and we’ll hopefully be having some students attend we’re aiming to make it an introductory session so that the students aren’t dropped into a room full of geeks talking about resistors and the finer points of TC54 usage. We’re hoping that we can initiate some cross-disciplinary use of the workshop as well as introducing some fine art, design and architecture students to the joys of making/hacking things. It’s a great opportunity for us to get access to their digital fabrication stuff, as well as the general workshop – I’m personally hoping to learn some none-digital stuff from the students that already know how to use the workshops.

The general structure of the evening is likely to be as follows, with some obvious flexibility in timing if any talks run over.

1. Welcome – Adrian McEwen.
2. Housekeeping – Lol Baker.
3. Fabrication lightning talk – Andy Goodwin
4. Physical computing talk – Adrian McEwen
5. a. ARDx kits (introduction to Arduino), or
b. Planning for those interested in building the Cupcake (when it arrives), or
c. General hacking for those that wish to do so.
6. Wrap up with Q&A on next event
7. Retire to public house for refreshments.

If anyone has anything they think they’d like to add to point 5 then please let us know. If you’re unsure what you could work on, or aren’t really sure where to begin, come anyway and I’m sure we can find a project for you to do. If you’re thinking you’d rather just lurk, then come and lurk in person – we’re pretty friendly – honest!

It would be great if you could make it and please feel free to invite anyone else you know who may be interested. It’s a great opportunity for us to increase the membership and the breadth of knowledge of the Liverpool hacking community, and hopefully provide a temporary but warm space for us to hold our meetings while we’re looking for space.

Next Liverpool meeting – Wednesday 15th December 2010

December 13, 2010 by

Although things have been quiet here on the blog, there’s been a flurry of activity on the mailing list of late, and even more offline. We’ve been getting more proactive about finding a space – both in the short-term so we can get on with building things at meetings rather than just drink beer and chat; and also looking at getting a full-time permanent space.

We’ll be discussing the upcoming plans on Wednesday, so it would be good for anyone wanting to find out more or get involved in helping move things forwards to come along.

We’re convening at the new Leaf on Bold Street (the old Microzine shop) anytime after 6pm for a 7pm start. It’s not clear if Adam will be wearing his Tron costume, but if he does we’ll be easy to spot. Otherwise keep an eye out for Bubblino or random bits of electronics on a table.

Next Liverpool Meeting – Monday 10th May

May 6, 2010 by

It’s been far too long since we last got together for a drink and a chat about all things hardware hacking, so Adam has booked the upstairs at the Peacock on Seel Street for this coming Monday evening at 7pm.

It’s up on upcoming here, and we hope to see you along on Monday.

A Hackspace for the Potteries

May 5, 2010 by

A brief write-up, but it’s getting late ;)
North Staffs’ inaugural GeekUp meeting attracted people from Liverpool, Cheshire & Stoke-on-Trent to discuss setting up local hackspaces. Present were:
Adrian McEwen
Dave Verwer
Tom Bloor
Dan Smith
Alex Beech
Charlie Owen
Dave Roberts
Mark Brereton
Robert Marshall
Kay Foulkes
& Richard Smedley
With apologies from Carl Plant.
Mark Brereton is involved in the Empty Shops initiative in Hanley, as well as various arts projects re-purposing old buildings in Burslem. He put the group onto a couple of good possible venues for Potteries Hackspace, and discussion soon moved to how to finance and expand the space.
Attendees were particularly keen to set up education events to get the young generation hacking – watch this space for more news, or subscribe to the new Google group.

Where Cheshire meets Stafforshire Moorlands…

May 1, 2010 by

Where Cheshire meets Stafforshire Moorlands, close to the borders with Shropshire & Derbyshire, there’s a hackspace meeting at the most southerly part of the North-West: Alsager.

Come along to The Lodge, Alsager 7pm, Weds 5th May, 2010 – a hackspace is not just a building, but a group of interested people, so we need you all :-)
We have a function room booked, with WiFi & projector.

A hackspace, for new readers, is a building (or room) where people can play creatively with technology: just let your imagination take you where it will. Everything from arduino-powered robots to circuit board jewellery.

This meeting is organised with GeekUp, a social network of Web professionals and technically curious people, but is open to all. Just turn up on the night, we’ll be there until at least 10pm. However, if you want to RSVP, visit: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/5750401/

For those not familiar with GeekUp, here’s some info:

“What is GeekUp?

“GeekUp is a community of web designers, web developers, and other
tech-minded folk from the UK. It’s a grassroots knowledge sharing and
networking social for folks involved or interested in the web and
technology industry. Monthly events take place in Chester, Leeds,
Liverpool, Manchester, Preston and Sheffield.

“Who can attend GeekUp?

“While the focus for GeekUp is predominately web related anybody
involved in the technology industry is more than welcome to attend a
GeekUp. The monthly events are free, we just ask that you buy your
own beer.”

Easy to get to by train from Crewe & Stoke. Hope to see some of you there    :-)


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