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Science Hack Lab
Tell us in the comments below what you plan to work on and what skills/equipment you need – we'll mail the community shortly before the HackLab to help you reach out for collaborators! ******************************************************************** The monthly Science Hack Lab takes place on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Bring your pet projects, favourite electronics, junk lab equipment, microbial friends, specialist knowledge and imagination. Let’s Hack! Who is this Hack Lab for? This is for all of you out there who want to actually get down to it and do/make/build stuff in an awesomely collaborative and multidisciplinary way, whether or not you have a concrete project in mind. Everyone brings their own skills to the table - be it in coding, designing, tinkering, electronics, thinking up hackable situations/problems, microscopy, knitting, origami, particle physics, building models out of pipe-cleaners/string/glue/paper, free-diving, environmental monitoring, gardening, click chemistry, cell biology, data visualisation, engineering… it’s a pretty long list. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done this before - just come along and get stuck in. What will happen? We start 1pm. Once enough people have arrived (probably around 1:15-1:30) we’ll do a round of introductions – tell us what you have in your mind, explain what your project is, ask for input/help, or offer your skills – to get inspired and get an overview of what people are working on. Then we’re gonna hack until the end of the day. We'll do a wrap-up at 6pm with short presentations of the hack of the day. What should I bring? Bring your favourite tools and basic materials you think you might need for prototyping. We have a box of left-over bits and pieces from the last Science Hack Day that you can rummage around in (details to follow in the comments section). We won’t be organising any official catering, so bring snacks and drinks. TIP: make friends by bringing something to share, especially cake ;) Wanna have a workshop? Would you like us to have a workshop on a particular topic (like sensors, microscopes, making art inspired by science, etc), or to volunteer to run on one? Put your ideas in the Meetup discussion forum (!


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What we're about

This meetup, which started back in April 2015, grew out of the community of weird scientists and hackers that got to know each other through the annual hackathon Science Hack Day Berlin ( Wanting to hack science all the time rather than just once a year, we launched a couple of monthly science hacking meetups to get together, get inspired, hack things, get help, have some Spaß, and keep this awesome science ball a-rolling.

Why science hacking?
We can't put it better than Ariel Waldmann, co-founder of Science Hack Day ( “There has been a considerable movement in the last few years to make science more open between scientific disciplines and to the perceived “public”. But simply making science open – by placing datasets, research, and materials online and using open source licensing – is only half the battle. Open is not the same as accessible. Often the materials are very cryptic or are buried deep within a government website where they’re not easy to find.” - we want to help make that material and those ideas more accessible by bringing scientists out of the ivory tower and into the 'real world' ;). We want to help break down barriers to non-specialist involvement in science.

What is science hacking?
A hack is a quick solution to a problem – maybe not the most elegant solution, but often the cleverest. Hacking is about using imagination and creativity to reinvent and reclaim the world - for good, for serious, or just for fun. Science Hacking is where we take all this awesome hacking jazz and use it for science. Take a community of science geeks, coders, designers, makers, inventors, and enthusiasts, mix them together in a big melting pot of different perspectives and approaches, add a bunch of tools and materials, and see what comes out: awesome ideas, the next great start-up, real hard science, or the weirdest, most useless things you could never imagine.

Some of our favourite science hack examples:
_ a desk lamp that lights up every time an asteroid flies by the Earth (
_ an augmented super collider diagnostic tool that let’s you listen to the sounds of particle collisions (
_ from SHDB2014, a project to simulate radioactive decay using popping popcorn (
_ Also from SHDB2014, "Feel the planet" - using seismic data to control the vibrations of a dildo (and other things) (

To find out about all the incredible things that happen at the Science Hack Stammtisch - checkout the Hackpad (!

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