Important: car traffic route changes leading to Hacklab
Starting from this week, Takkatie road to Helsinki Hacklab is temporarily closed from east and car users now have to arrive from Ravitie past Vermo hippodrome. The road work lasts for three months because of the new tram line construction. The tram starts its operation in 2024 and the closest stop will be 550 meters from our door in direction of Vermo. The closed crossing is marked with a red square in the picture.
End of summer opening times
We cannot promise normal weekly operations as for now, and there are no courses planned, only short indroductory trainings for tools occasionaly. Open Tuesdays are going on somewhat normally, but please refrain from visiting the place if you just plan to hang around without any projects etc., or in case you have been traveling or exposed to the virus in some risk location.
Now that much of the making and doing stays home, our online community is more important than ever. If you are a member and have not yet joined our Slack group, you can request a new join link from hallitus email.
New upstairs doors
This weekend we changed the first of two new doors in our upstairs expansion area. The goal is to connect them in our electronic lock system soon. The insides have also been improved with new paint on the walls. Doors had to be ordered in special measurements because of the low available installation height and odd widths.
There is also an ongoing work with the chemistry room. The fume cabinet is fitted with a blower that sends the air out. Similar work has been done also for the laser cutter, and it works with manual on/off for now.
Helsinki Hacklab continues Open Tuesdays. The government has set a limit of 50 persons for meetings, and the space is not very big for crowds. If situation or experiences from these Tuesdays show that we need to have additional limitations, we might set such during the evening or beforehand. Key members are advised to use the space on other days if possible.
Please note that the woodworking room and its machines are not in use due to installations in progress. Laser, electronics and metal working rooms are available as usual.
Some bigger and smaller progress in the space:
storage for woodworking is getting improved
upstairs doors will be changed
the back yard is more clean and usable than ever
we are taking the shipping container in use but it needs some work first
Open Tuesdays are still not scheduled yet and the association follows national recommendations when deciding possible opening or further exceptions. Key members are adviced to use the space for improving the hackerspace and making personal projects at home if possible, thus keeping the number of people at the lab in minimum.
This year’s spring meeting is held online on Sunday 2020-05-17 at 16.00. The agenda by rule is:
1. the opening of the meeting 2. choosing a chairperson, a secretary, two inspectors of the proceedings and when needed, two vote counters 3. the legality and decision-making power of the meeting are stated 4. the procedures of the meeting are accepted 5. the financial report, the annual report and the statement of the auditors are presented 6. the ratification of the financial report and freedom of responsibility for the board and other responsible persons are decided 7. other topics mentioned in the call for meeting are discussed
We will announce our members later how to participate in the meeting.
The changes in rules of the organisation we made in last fall meeting, have now been processed and accepted by the registry, and are in effect from now on.
New table saw
The new table saw we member funded has arrived today! The machine requires new training and a permit before use, even for those who have used the old one. This saw replaces the previous with more powerful motor and more solid, larger frame.
UPDATE 2020-04-17 We cannot yet make any promises when we will return to normal schedule. Open Tuesdays are at the moment still cancelled. The Arduino course has changed to online course only. We try to keep the calendar updated, but questions are answered in Slack/IRC/Telegram too.
We recommend that key members try to make only small and quick jobs for their projects and not spending long periods in the workspace so that there are as few people as possible same time (for example workday out of office is discouraged). All work for lab infrastructure and improvements plus social projects are welcomed even if they’re time consuming.
Helsinki Hacklab cancels all open Tuesdays and postpones the Arduino course until 2020-04-15, so the next Open Tuesday will be 2020-04-21 unless situation changes. The ARM/C course second meeting will be scheduled normally. We will keep the calendar updated for any changes. The exceptions only affect open events, so key members can use the place as usual.
If you have time and want to get the upstairs level more ready for use, you are very welcome to help us improving the new expansion. The lab is ordering new doors for upstairs expansion and we are planning to install electronic locks just like downstairs, but this will take some time as the doors have to be custom made because of odd dimensions.
Big thanks to everyone who visited the birthday party on Open Tuesday! The event brought together first time visitors, supporters, current active volunteers, affiliates, long time members and even founding members of the club. Total number of participants must have been over one hundred during the evening.
Besides the party, there was a chance to take a first look into the new upstairs area. The plan how to use the new space is getting to build up, and textile work is very much likely to get its own fixed spot in the lab for the first time.
Cutting the cake in celebration of ten years of Helsinki Hacklab on next Tuesday!
The formal association running Helsinki Hacklab was founded in the first meeting on 17th January 2010. Ten years after the hackerspace has grown into a group of over 400 members and more than 350 square meters of workspace.
We are celebrating our anniversary on next Open Tuesday in a new one hundred square meter workspace extension above our current basement level rooms. The new rooms are on ground level and make about one fourth of the total upstairs floor area.
The group that initially started the space between 2009 and 2010 first met in libraries, in a squat house, small business development hub and an art space. Though the founding meeting was held in January 2010, it was later in June the same year when we opened the doors of our first self-organized physical space in Vallila. We moved in Pitäjänmäki in November 2014 and have remained in the same address since. Previous expansion of the space was in 2017 when we took over the remaining half of the basement level in our use, and now we are taking steps upstairs.
Birthday party on Tuesday
On next Tuesday we’ll open doors upstairs at 19.00, cut the cake and introduce everyone to the unlocked areas. The 100 square meters consist of three larger rooms, a closet room, kitchen, toilet and a bathroom with a small sauna, making Helsinki Hacklab one of the two hackerspaces in the world with a sauna besides Jyväskylä Hacklab. There is no stair connection between these two levels, making the ground level space more suitable for quiet and non-messy work, such as day out of office workdays and textile work.
We are also planning for more co-operation both with the local infosec group HelSec and Disobey ry. in 2020. This might include using the space more often for software and information security targeted courses and happenings.
Maksuohjeet vuoden 2020 jäsenyydelle yhdistyksessä on lähetetty tänään sähköpostitse. Tällä kertaa emme voi käyttää Holvi-pankkia laskujen lähettämiseen Holvin ongelmien vuoksi, vaan maksut menevät Nordea-tilillemme. Käytäthän mielellään virtuaaliviivakoodia maksamiseen, tai kopioi tarkalleen IBAN-muodossa annetut ohjeet viitenumeron kanssa sähköpostistasi. Maksuohjeet muuttuvat vuosittain, joten älä tee maksusta toistuvaa!
Happy New Year!
Payment info emails for 2020 membership in the association have been sent today. This time we cannot use Holvi bank for sending invoices because of problems with Holvi, so we use our Nordea account instead. Please use the virtual barcode, or copy IBAN info precisely using the reference number. Payment info changes every year, so do not make the payment recurring!