Sunday, March 6, 2011
Long time - no updates, but I had been very busy the last months. For a year or so, I had been increasingly involved in open hardware and conducted experiments with the Arduino platform of microcontrollers. I also got a Makerbot 3D printer and started to build my own Prusa Mendel printer.
Doing that resulted in meeting lots of interesting and funny people. We had regular meetings and decided, that we wanted to have a real place where we could meet. So the idea to start a Hackerspace in Hamburg was born. In Germany the term hackerspace has probably some odd connotations. It is almost always perceived as a computer space where people break into other computers. Well, I don't do that (yet :-)), but when you start to look around at other countries and visit for example the /tmp/lab in Paris or NYC resistor in New York or the Open Design City in Berlin, you will notice that they always have the idea in common that technology and creativity go hand in hand, and are blended into new ways of making things, which are way beyond the traditional uses of computers.
The last sentence is of course not true. When computers had been built, their first use, was to connect them to the real world. In order to control machines, to visualize algorithms (the first versions of LOGO actually operated with a real moving robot turtle). We somehow lost the notion that computers can do something in the real world, being content with IDE's, programming languages, word processors, feeds, emails and, and, and... we completely missed that you can for example use your mobile phone to switch the lights in your house on and off.
To cut a long story short, we founded the "baustelle Hamburg", a DIY-hackerspace.fablab-mashup based in Hamburg, Germany. Currently we are sourcing stuff, seeking for funds, built the location (based in the excellent co working space betahaus). We organize meetings and really get going.
If you would like to get in touch, just drop a comment here (English speaking), or have a look at http://wiki.baustelle-hamburg.de/kontakt (German).