Hackerspace Charlotte is a non-profit organization where people with common interests, usually in computers, technology, or digital/electronic art can meet, socialize and collaborate. Hackerspace Charlotte can be viewed as a kind of open community lab incorporating elements of a machine shop, workshop, classroom, and studio where all kinds of hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make cool things. Hackerspace Charlotte has members from a wide range of backgrounds, including engineering, information security, interdisciplinary art, computer science, music, woodworking, philosophy, and corporate management. The group thrives on the motto: “Making cool stuff with technology.”
Hackerspace Charlotte was formed in October 2010, and opened its doors in a “renovated” fiber warehouse in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood on the 3rd of December 2010. In February 2012, we relocated to our new larger 2000+ ft² location just a few miles away near the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.Recently, Hackerspace Charlotte was chosen as the grand prize winner of the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge for our Feltronics project – a large-scale, kid-friendly kit for teaching electronics in a classroom setting. This internationally recognized award was presented at the national Maker Faire on May 22nd, 2011. Also, Hackerspace Charlotte has been recognized for the “Laptops for Haiti” project – an ongoing effort to provide rebuilt laptop computers to schools damaged in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Current events, classes, and group projects include digital fabrication and 3D printing, hardware hacking workshops, learning to solder classes, technology-assisted beer brewing, competitive lockpicking, learning network security exploits, and even an effort to beat the world record in a technology-related field.
Interested? Awesome. Check out our classes + events for what we’re currently up to, or drop in at our weekly meeting (every Tuesday @ 7:30pm) where we discuss upcoming plans, assist each other on projects, and show off some of the cool things we’re working on right now. For more information on becoming a member, see our membership. Note that minors under the age of 18 are not permitted at Hackerspace Charlotte.