|57North Hacklab is a small hackerspace in the North East of Scotland City of
|Aberdeen. We popped up in 2014 when a group appeared to do something
|hackerspace like and we quickly found office space in the center of the city.
|57North is now on its third iteration moving this Autum from the basement of a
|gaming cafe to some unused space in a commercial office building.
|We offer a space for members and visitors to talk about technology, and access
|tools and components to make projects possible. The space has a large selection
|of tools, though in our current location not a lot of space for really messy
|activities. We have several 3D printers and a laser cutter, but sometimes it
|feels like these are more in the realm of member projects.
|Both Tools and equipment are free for anyone to use and you can just drop by.
|We have a weekly Tuesday open night, this acts as the main meeting night for
|the space. We also have a large stock of components generated by members buying
|excess parts when working on their own projects. These components are made
|available for everyone, we would much prefer you were able to finish your
|project today and if we have to look after some extra cool components to do it
|all the better.
|We are a space built and driven by our members and a lot of our activity comes
|from their interests. MS0SCZ is a radio club growing within the Hacklab, with a
|wide selection of cool radio projects. The club does basic voice operations and
|is expanding into do data mode radio on both HF and VHF. There is an effort
|now in the Hacklab club to help others get their licences in a modern friendly
|The Hacklab has a lot open source activity, with developers for the FreeBSD and
|Debian operating systems. Some open source work tends to trigger more work, the
|members involved in open source projects are eager to leverage their local
|network to get help with problems. A member of the Hacklab and radio amateur
|recently started the HamBSD project to build an open source, well designed
|and written APRS network stack.
|We like blinkenlights. Our previous space had an entirely home assistant
|driver lighting system that integrated with commercial lights as well as
|lights made by members from microcontrollers and led strips. Our current space
|is getting an entirely new lighting system.
|Out of the Hacklab the Air Aberdeen group started workshops to build air
|quality monitors for citizen science. Air Aberdeen works with the global
|Luftdaten network of air quality monitors, these monitors give a picture of
|air quality conditions around the world in the form of open data. The Air
|Aberdeen workshops introduce people to collecting their own air quality data
|through building sensors to deploy at their own homes and work places. The
|project uses off the shelf microcontrollers and sensors with open firmware.
|We are small, but have taken it on ourselves to represent Scotland at various
|hacker conferences, camps and festivals around the world. If you are at an
|event it might be worth searching to see if the Scottish Consulate has a
|presence. You should drop by if you are up in Aberdeen or come and find us at
|Chaos Computer Club events in Germany or at EMFCamp in 2020.