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, sewing machines, soldering stations, wood working tools) and lots of curious makers. It's a great place to meet other folks interested in learning for the sake of learning!
This Meetup and the AHA Google Calendar are always the most up-to-date source on what's happening at All Hands Active.
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- Capture The Flag *Tuesdays*Link visible for attendees
CTF Fridays is now CTF Tuesdays! Thanks to the input from members we've opted for a different day of the week and a later start time in hopes to become more accessible to potential attendees.
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: ** The day for for CTFs has changed to Tuesday! With a start time of 7PM, this is due to the feedback received from members and scheduling difficulties on my end.
Welcome to CTF Tuesdays! 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.
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.
- Repairsday ThursdayAHA! (All Hands Active), Ann Arbor, MI
A free service, open to the public. Donations are appreciated!
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 it in, and members and volunteers at All Hands Active may be able to fix it, or maybe set you on the right path to getting your gadgets working again!
We offer no guarantees or liability if our repairs don't succeed, of course: many things were not made to be repaired, and we may not have the necessary tools or expertise to make it work again, in any case. But if your gadgets' next destination would otherwise be the recycler or landfill, we can guarantee that we'll give it our best shot -- perhaps it will save you a bit of guilt from trashing them straight away, and perhaps you will learn something new about how to fix the items you own!
Don't throw it out, repair it!
This is primarily an in-person event: masks are recommended for the safety of our staff and guests.
If you wish to attend virtually, join us over on our Matrix instance at https://chat.allhandsactive.org , and let us know you have a question for our Repairsday host!
- Winter Workshop - Laser Cutter Class 1All Hands Active, Ann Arbor, MI$5.00
Make or take home a hand crafted gift and support your local makerspace during All Hands Active Winter Workshops! Each Winter Workshop will highlight the tools, materials, and resources AHA makes available to the Ann Arbor community. Our third workshop features our Laser Cutter! At this workshop, you'll learn how to use our Laser Cutter and make a holiday gift!
With our 80 Watt Laser Cutter, you can cut intricate patterns in flat materials made of wood, (some) plastics, and many other materials to create art, earrings, board game tiles, friction-fit boxes, stencils, and so much more!
You will learn how the Laser Cutter works, and how to use the control software to make your designs become real.
Due to limited capacity, there is a non-refundable $5 fee to hold your spot for this class. Please be mindful of the instructor's time, and of others who wish to take this class: only sign up for a spot if you actually plan on attending. You can pay this fee after RSVPing at https://rhino.li/laser-class-rsvp.
If you find the class to be helpful or interesting, a suggested donation of $25 for the general public, and $15 for current All Hands Active members will help us continue to provide quality training on reliable, well-maintained machines. You can always donate online beforehand (https://rhino.li/class), or in person with cash!
Laser-cut Gift Kits (Christmas Tree, earrings, and votive holder) will be available for purchase throughout the day. Kits are sold separately and can be purchased in-person for $15 to $20. All proceeds for this class and the sale of printed items will go to the All Hands Active Holiday Fundraiser.
Curious about where donor dollars are going? Check out our GoFundMe Fundraiser for details about the direct impact of your support!