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.
Muu Galleria, Lönnrotinkatu. Nov 9th – Dec 15th.[website]
Opening of the exhibition on Friday 8 November, 2019, from 5-7 pm. All Hacklab members are invited!
Anu makes drawings with oil paint medium. Unlike paint, which would bleed along the fibres, the medium retains its shape on the paper. Areas saturated with it become translucent compared with the untreated opaque paper, and the drawn marks become visible when seen against light. Instead of being reflected from the surface, light in these works passes through the substrate. Filtering through the marks made with the painting medium, light itself becomes a material. The passage of light through the paper is determined by the marks drawn on it, not unlike the human mind that with its definitions and conceptual thinking delimits the endless possibilities of the world into a specific shape.
All welding of LED light steel tubing stands have been made by Anu using Helsinki Hacklab workspace and tools.
Pia Männikkö: NordiSkulptur
Galleria Sculptor, Eteläranta. Nov 1st – Jan 8th. [website]
A duo exhibition in Galleria Sculptor. Pia’s art features bodily connection between a viewer and an artwork to create immersive situations and spaces for the viewer to enter. Mapping the passage of time, as well as creating objects that gradually grow and change, play a central role in her working process.
There’s also an additional display at the Nordic Culture Point´s window gallery, Kaisaniemenkatu 9.
Axel Straschnoy: Float
Nya Småland & Grenna Museum Polarcenter, Sweden. Oct 12th – Dec 31th[website]
The buoy was launched into the sea off the coast of Lofoten, into the Norwegian current. The current carries water along the west coast of Norway, towards Svalbard. A part of it continues towards the Arctic. Thus, a buoy let loose into it has some chance to make it to the Arctic. Once there, there is a non-zero chance of it getting frozen-in in the Arctic ice. Once part of the Arctic ice, there is a non-zero chance it will one day be over the North Pole. The possibilities are slim, yes, but so were Andrée’s.
Parts of the buoy were adjusted by Axel in our metal workshop room before the final assembly and launch.
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.
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:
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.
Kesän 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.
Helsinki Hacklabin kevätkokous 2018 / Spring meeting
Helsinki Hacklab ry:n sääntömääräinen kevätkokous pidetään lauantaina 19.5.2018 klo 14. Paikkana työtilamme Takkatie 18 alakerrassa.
Paikalle saa saapua jo 12 alkaen valmistelemaan ja siivoamaan tilaa. Virallinen kokous aloitetaan kello 14. Ennen ja jälkeen on epävirallista kokoontumista.
Tarjoilu nyyttikestiperiaatteella. Tervetuloa!
Helsinki Hacklab holds its annual spring-meeting on Saturday 19.5.2018, 14:00, at our premises in Takkatie 18. You can arrive starting from 12:00. After the official part there is general hanging around and snacks using the potluck principle. Welcome!
Ten participating hackerspaces must be a record for the biannual gathering of Finnish hacklabs! Hacklab Summit Finland 2018 was arranged in Jyväskylä, and despite the local hacklab was in charge of the event for the first time, they managed to make this happening one of the best in the history of HSF.
The major theme for this year was planning the way how to formalise hacklab.fi as an official organisation of hackerspaces in Finland. We now have initial idea how the organisation should work, based on opinions and votes of those, who took part in this meeting. Unanimous conclusion was, that the founding assembly is going to be the next HSF in Helsinki this summer. Hacklab.fi has a history of more or less informal co-operation between cities since 2012. The new organisation will be strictly for member-operated hackerspaces, supporting new groups to get started, offering web services, representing our local scene in events both in Finland and further away, and making all kinds of PR work to help people find their local hacklabs.
Jyväskylä Hacklab took the responsibility to arrange HSF in connection with Instanssi demoscene event. This enabled us to have more space, content and possibilities than before. As usual, the program was fixed weeks before the start, and a hourly timetable kept us on track with finishing robots ready for the competition, remembering to eat, presenting recent happenings in different hacklabs, doing something more than just sitting behind the laptop, going to a indoor trampoline park and of course, the sauna.
Helsinki participated in the robot race track competition with two robots. The robot track is a 1 × 2 m box which has copies of itself in some of the hacklab.fi member spaces. Joonamo found his robot from last summer still working, and I assembled hastily some LEGO robot that had code running just few minutes before the competition started. The program was written in Python from scratch, the robot did zero practicing on the track, and I only knew it could probably move forward when turned on. For my complete surprise, it actually managed to make one clean complete round on the track, and didn’t even finish last on the results list. Joonamo’s robot came 3rd in speed results and 4th in popular vote, and the host city Jyväskylä took the first place. Robot competition was also included in the Instanssi program, so we had a great audience supporting the bots on the racetrack.
The weekend ended in visiting Hacklab Jyväskylä, which is about to move to a larger location soon. Tampere Hacklab is expanding its place with a new metal room and textile work section. There are also plans in other cities to look for larger workspaces and Nokia just started their own lab. This HSF had a very positive athmosphere where collaboration is taken for granted.
Definitely looking good for hacklab scene in Finland right now. A big thanks to Jyväskylä for hosting us!
The hackerspace is waiting for new paint on its floors in some areas. We have already emptied two rooms in advance and moved all stuff to other locations. The electronics room and vinyl cutter etc. are not currently in use. We do not yet have the exact date when the painting will begin, but hope it will start soon.
Because of the painting and other renovation, there are currently no general Open Tuesdays until we inform otherwise. If you have the time, you can come help us with renovation, reorganizing and cleanup and other tasks on Tuesdays or other occasions. Please ask on Slack or IRC if you want to know more.
Sorry about the inconvenience. We hope that the lab will be even better than before once this all is over!
Year 2017 at Helsinki Hacklab had some remarkable moments. Most importantly, we made a major expansion in the workspace, adding more room space from 215 m² to somewhere around 370 m² effectively, when excluding rented out areas. We also got a grant from Arts Promotion Finland (Taike) for our yearly children’s event and other expenses. The unfortunate piping leak, which happened closer to the end of the year, meant that some areas had to be rebuilt completely. While this is still ongoing issue and the floors waiting for a new coat of paint, we can hopefully now say that the end result might become something way better than the original ever was. Next year we have a usable separate workroom for chemistry.
The expansion plans – including figuring out how to finance everything – had to start quickly because our behind-the-wall neighbor was leaving the building, and letting anyone else seize this opportunity would stall our hopes of any expansion for years to come if staying in this address. A quick draft showed that with some active keyholder member recruiting and finding subtenants would make this a feasible plan. The old woodworking room was in pressure to grow larger, as it could not fit more users to meet the demand. It had no room for table saw or any other new tools. The quickly negotiated expansion plan reserved most of the new free space for woodworking alone, one third for a subtenant woodworker with his separate workshop, and the remaining part mostly for storage. The new areas include a back door, a lifting garage door and a second WC. At the end of this year, we seem to be doing okay and call it a success.
Robots in Strömberg Park, a family event organized by the hacklab.fi co-op network in Helsinki, was organized for the second time and is very very likely to happen in 2018 too. (How soon we can call it a tradition?). We had competitors from at least five other hackerspaces and a large new tent bought with Taike’s grant. The competition was preceded by weekly robot meetings, to prep the bots to be ready enough for the big day.
The sauna we brought to SHA2017 hacker camp turned out to be a wildly popular, at least in number of photograph attention it got. Let’s say this was our contribution to Finland’s 100th year of independence festives. Greetings to all who were brave enough to try out the sauna and to all our Nordic fellow camping neighbors! We fear we have no other option but to try to bring a sauna for the next hacker camp too.
In organizational stuff: we started to have so much diverse discussion and many users on our IRC channel, that we tried using Slack and so far got stuck to it. The old IRC channel is available too, but many topics have now their own places in our Slack group. In the workspace, the layout of things got shuffled again. We switched all our tables for folding ones in the classroom – thanks to Stockholm Makerspace for the idea!
The FPGA course continues our many year long continuous tradition of digital technology Thursdays, which started sometime while still in our previous address. We again collaborated with visual artists and also helped a samba group building their costumes in our workspace.
Some memorable member projects:
– steam powered maze robot, with Lego mechanics
– synced clock displays for broadcasts and event audiovisuals
– experiments with woodturning using our new lathe
– towable grill for bicycle
– large LED display matrix
2017 in numbers
– 2500 new uploaded Flickr photos
– 100% increase in rented floor area
– 128 member applications received
– 6 events visited and one organized by ourselves