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Key member application process updated

Key member application process updated

Lyhyesti – Avainjäsenten hakemusten käsittely muuttunut: avainhakemukset käsitellään jatkossa vain live-haastatteluina hallituksen kokousten yhteydessä ja avainten myöntäminen nopeutuu.

Helsinki Hacklab now handles key member applications like this:

  • We have specific dates for new key member interviews. Look for “Apply for a key”-events in our calendar.
  • You don’t have to send any emails or application forms anymore
  • You should generally get your key soon as we have interviewed you
  • Just arrive on time, no requirement to inform us in advance

We previously had situations of unprocessed applications from applicants we never met in person or never replied us back, or that accepted new key members had to wait for their key too long. As previously, Hacklab always interviews all new key member applicants. We decided to cut out the extraneous application form, skip straight to the interview part, and promise all applicants that they get their key immediately after a successful interview. This model sort of copies from Stockholm Makerspace.

Apply for key events coincide with board member meetings, which are currently held on second Monday each month, with exceptions during summer/holiday seasons and possible extra meetings every now and then.

Key members are crucial for our club’s existence! We couldn’t afford our rent without all our great key members, who sponsor us paying a monthly key fee. If you’re interested in 24h access in Helsinki Hacklab with benefit of own storage boxes – plus helping us making our activities possible – we highly recommend getting yourself a key! Helsinki Hacklab does not receive or rely on any regular sponsorship from outside sources, so it’s really up to us to run the place together.

Viivästyksiä jäsenasioiden hoitamisessa

Viivästyksiä jäsenasioiden hoitamisessa

Hyvää alkanutta vuotta kaikille!

Uusi hallitus järjestäytyy tammikuun aikana ja pääsee käsittelemään saapuneita jäsenhakemuksia. Jos siis olet laittanut meille hakemuksen, etkä ole vielä saanut siitä hyväksymisviestiä, voit osallistua kaikkeen toimintaan muiden jäsenten tavoin jo ennen kuin hakemuksesi on hyväksytty.

Teknisistä ongelmista johtuen emme ole voineet vielä lähettää alkaneen vuoden jäsenmaksuviestejä. Pyydämme odottamaan kunnes ongelmat ovat saatu ratkaistua.

Päivitys 19.1.2019: Vian syy on täsmentynyt, ja joudumme odottamaan meistä riippumatonta korjausta. Pystymme vastaanottamaan jäsenhakemuksia, mutta hakemusten muussa käsittelyssä on ongelmia.

Vuoden 2019 vastuuhenkilöt löytyvät kokonaisuudessaan täältä.

Disobey 2019 on mukana Disobeyssa omalla osastollaan. Tule kyselemään toiminnasta ja rakentelemaan/rikkomaan asioita.

Happy new year everyone!

The new board of the organisation has yet not assembled this year, and neither has handled any new member applications. If you have an application in, and not yet received any confirmation, you are welcome to join our happenings without having to wait us to handle the application first.

Due to technical problems, we have not yet been able to send membership fee messages this year. Please wait for your payment info until we have fixed the issue.

Update 19.1.2019: We need to wait for a fix that we cannot do ourselves. has a booth in Disobey 2019. Come visit us and make/break stuff!

Christmas present gallery – made @ Helsinki Hacklab

Christmas present gallery – made @ Helsinki Hacklab

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Here’s a small photo collection of laser cut things made at Helsinki Hacklab this December. The new laser cutter proved to be a great gift making tool.

Doll house furniture
Locks, doors and spinning things
Greeting card decoration stamps
New tools update and events

New tools update and events

Christmas present for our members: we just bought a larger and heavier band saw! Please use the old one until we get this first installed and adjusted.

The manual milling machine in metal working room has reached a point where we can now announce it ready to use. We received a lot of tools alongside it, so ask Miikka or Markusjm if you need help in selecting the right one for the job. The machine can be used as an ordinary drill press for metals.

Other news:

  • more hearing protection soon arriving
  • batch order of laser cutter materials? (planning stage)
  • we’ve budgeted for buying new cleaning tools, another vacuum cleaner, first aid supplies and storage boxes

Events and happenings in the near future

Next open Tuesday on 1st Jan 2019

Disobey – We will be at Disobey 2019 with, please come say hello and make/break stuff at our workshop table.

35C3 – is represented in 35C3 both with Finnish infosec groups and Nordic hackerspaces.

HSF19 – Hacklab Summit Finland 2019 weekend has been announced in Discourse. The event returns to Tampere Hacklab for 2019.

Last Open Tuesday of 2018

Last Open Tuesday of 2018

This year’s last Open Tuesday is on 18th Dec, so there is no meeting on the first Christmas day. The 2019 Open Tuesdays start on the first day of January.

There are still some days left for making DIY gifts at the hackerspace, especially with the new laser cutter!

150W of laser power

150W of laser power

Helsinki Hacklab now has a new 150W CO2 laser cutter with almost 1,5m² of work area. Most other laser cutters could fit inside this beast!

This week we have had the first user introductions for members, and the wiki page for the machine probably updates in the process. We have made some tests with plywood and acrylic so far, but the materials are not limited to those only. We’ll try to arrange some basic stock of laser cut suitable materials soon. We are going to require membership and basic training before use. By the way, membership fee for the rest of 2018 is free of charge for new joining members.

We received generous help from Minela Säätiö foundation, the local Rotary club among others, and importantly – our own members. Thank you all who participated!

New front door

New front door

The new door installed

Our front door was swollen, twisted and did not keep the cold outside well enough. I restored an another old door, removed the paint, filled, sanded and repainted it with “club colors”. Also, the emergency exit back door got a fresh new look too. Here’s a photo collection of the process:

Removed old paint from the replacement door
The old door
Starting point with some sanding and fillings
Emergency exit back door paint job
Inside details

Now it’s quite easy to give instructions how to find us: if you don’t see a green door with orange circles, you’re not there yet.

WÄRK:fest 2018

WÄRK:fest 2018

Iso Omena Library hosted another WÄRK:fest this year together with Wärk ry. and Aalto Fablab. The maker event was open and free for everyone. The library itself is designed for makers too: it has a laser cutter, numbers of 3D printers, robot workshops and a heat press to name a few examples.

Helsinki Hacklab took some interesting projects on display and Tuulis instructed crafts projects for children. We have more photos from our table and elsewhere in the event in Flickr: WÄRK:fest 2018

Hello September!

Hello September!

The temporary antenna installation

The quiet summer is now over and we should expect having full house on Open Tuesdays again. Here are some projects we’ve been making lately:

Helsinki Hacklab is now testing and soon setting up a more permanent SatNOGS station in our hackerspace. The antenna cable is installed trough an air duct that goes all the way up to the roof from our cellar level space. We already have an antenna and our own satellite tracking station site  in the SatNOGS network. You can check out our latest observations there!

Our members just bought a manual milling machine for the metal working room. The machine and its tools is now waiting for a transportation to our address. We arrange training later for those who are interested in learning to use it. There’s also a better drill bench in the woodworking room now.

Other new things at the lab include better emergency exit markings, fixed 3D printers, and a showcase cabinet for selected or archived example projects.


Back door emergency exit paintjob
Fixing bikes
No unruly parking!
Tuesday update: The milling machine arrived quickly!
Jäsenhakemusten käsittelyssä viivettä

Jäsenhakemusten käsittelyssä viivettä

HKI Hacklab logoKesän kiireistä johtuen jäsen- ja avainhakemuksien jonoa ei ole ehditty käsitellä hallituksen kokouksessa. Jos olet lähettänyt jäsenhakemuksen, voit osallistua toimintaan normaalisti jo ennen kuin hakemuksesi on käsitelty.

Due to summer schedules, member applications and key member applications have not been processed in board meetings yet. If you have sent us a membership application, you can already participate in activities before you have been formally accepted.