What we're about

Hacking and Making the World a better place since 2009. We're Ann Arbor's Original Makerspace. If you're just learning to solder or if you're a wiz with a sewing machine, or like to code around some neat people, come do things with us. We have all sorts of tools (3D printers, 3D scanners, sewing machines, soldering stations) and lots of curious makers. It's a great place to hang.

The AHA Google Calendar (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=allhandsactive%40gmail.com&color=%2329527A&src=cg2t1o77iq5slq98tnie60jh895ldhme%40import.calendar.google.com&color=%23853104&ctz=America%2FNew_York) is always the most up-to-date source on what's happening.

Upcoming events (4+)

Repairsday Thursday

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A free service open to the public!

Do you have stuff around the house that is broken or has stopped working — electronics, furniture, toys and more — but you’d hate to just throw away? Wobbly chair? Flickering lamp? Tape stuck in your VCR? Bring them in, and members and volunteers at All Hands Active may be able to fix them! No guarantees, of course — many things were not made to be repaired, and we may not have the necessary tools or expertise — but we can at least absolve you of the guilt of throwing them away :).

Don't throw it out, repair it!

This is an in person and online event - feel free to drop in person, or ask questions on Zoom throughout the event!

Maker Show and Tell with ishotjr

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This event aims to answer three questions:

* what ("maker"-type project) are you working on ?
* what would you like to be working on ?
* what do you need help with ?

It's OK if you don't have answers to any of these - anybody is welcome to hang out! Maybe you'll see something someone else is working on and be inspired!

Maker Show and Tell is a relatively new event, so we're still largely playing it by ear. Past episodes have featured amazing special guests, huge giveaways...who knows what will happen this time?!

Anyone, anywhere in the world is welcome to join - you don't have to be an All Hands Active! member. We do, however, appreciate donations in order to keep our little makerspace going:


Questions? Comments? Special accommodations needed? Reach out to ishotjr on Twitter:


or leave a comment below. Looking forward to seeing what everyone's working on! :)

PS, this is a virtual event - Zoom link will be provided upon registration! :)

Capture The Flag Fridays

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Who: Lead by AHA! Member Ryan Smith+ various other guests, hopefully you! All skill levels welcome.

What: Capture the Flag! Join us in various digital CTFs that incorporate many technologies and techniques to expand your skills and invoke self learning.

Where: Through the amazing advent of online meeting software, we'll be
able to meet anywhere! Join us on Zoom, link will be revealed after an RSVP

When: Fridays at 6PM

Welcome to CTF Fridays! Come join, we welcome players of all levels. Our event is focused on discussing and focusing on specific challenges and inviting discussion about past challenges.

We’re making a goal to select a new challenge every week for members to try their hands at until next meeting. From there we compare our approaches and show those who struggled how to achieve the solution. If you’re new, feel free to follow along we’ll help you out. After Challenge talk is out of the way we encourage members to do a sort of show and tell about their CTF related endeavors. We try to pick a new challenge at the end of the meeting, but we may pick one and work on it a bit if there isn’t anything to share.

If you are a seasoned vet or have a project you're working on you're encouraged to share but not required by any means. Good sharing content ideas include interesting CTFs you've completed, unique solutions to old issues, and CTFs that have you stumped. We'll be happy to lend a hand or brain.

This event comes to you at no charge! However, donations are encouraged. We would not be here without the All Hands Active makerspace which operates on donations. All donations go to operating costs and improvements to the space. Donation link below.

Thank you!

What is a CTF?
A Capture The Flag event is one where a system or application is presented to you, using various skills and techniques (sometimes vulnerabilities and exploits) you must retrieve a "Flag" or a string of characters showing you completed the task. Be creative! There's tons of ways to do the same thing!

Do I need to know "IT" or "programming" to do them?
A basic understanding of technology definitely is required but if you're not an IT Pro or if this is your first foray into anything of this nature don't worry! This is to make you get familiar. Being a little lost is part of the journey.

Do I need any paid software?
You shouldn't need any additional software if you have a working computer. MOST operating systems have some way to do just about everything needed in a CTF

What if I don't understand or fall behind?
We try to pick a new challenge every week or two! If you aren't in the know of the current challenge, feel free to join and ask about it and someone will get you up to speed.

All Hands Active Open Hours

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Come by All Hands Active. In person, you will have a chance to learn about and use our tools, or even just share a project you are working on. Online, you can get a tour, and get to know us. We will be hanging out all day.

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All Hands Active Open Hours

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