Some exciting news.. After around a year of searching and quite a bit of persistence Edinburgh Hacklab is moving to a new much bigger space at Summerhall. The former site of University of Edinburgh Vet School, Summerhall is on the corner of The Meadows. Used extensively as a Festival venue in August, there is a year round program of events and exhibitions including the Mini Maker Faire. We’ll be neighbours with Techcube and expect to get to know some of the tenants.
We have the use of 3 rooms enabling some of the nosier and messy bits of equipment to have a space of their own and room for some dedicated project storage. As the photos show the rooms are much as they are when the university moved out so we have plenty of sinks (3 in total) and lots of sockets!
We are doing most of the moving this weekend so the first open night at Summerhall will be on Tuesday 22nd January from 7pm. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for further updates and events.
Thanks to all those involved, especially Mike and Al, in making this happen.
One of the cooler projects undertaken at the Hacklab has just come to fruition. Martin was working under the microscope for some time to create a masterpiece of minaturization: a wireless camera for insertion into a prosthetic eye (look Mom, no PCB!).
The project seems to have caught the eye of the media, starting with Sky news this morning, then the Metro in London and Edinburgh. and now even TechCrunch!
Earlier this year, Edinburgh film student Kelly Jamieson visited the lab to make a documentary. Now it’s on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.
- See Aaron’s payphone being investigated!
- Experience Martin philosophising on hackerspaces!
- Watch TomH tinker with the CNC!
It’s all here in Hacklab: A documentary!
Gareth Edwards of Edinburgh Hacklab and Dorkbot Alba in Scotland is our latest international visiting hacker. He dropped by the Dallas Makerspace on Sunday (7 Nov) to check out our newly painted warehouse area and help us pull the plastic tarps off all our gear. Edinburgh Hacklab and Dorkbot have done projects similar to some of our own including a really cool computer controlled pipe organ that puts our puny vacuum reed organ to shame.
StartupCafe have reviewed our Grand Opening on Friday:
We checked out the Hacklab opening on Friday. The place was so packed at 19:30 that we could hardly get in the door—quite a feat for a co-working venue that’s only been a month in the making.
Hackers have been known to be anything from journalists to computer crackers in recent years. But a new bunch of self-proclaimed ‘geeks with a dream’ in Edinburgh are looking to give the term a more positive and creative reputation.