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Learn Lockpicking at Hacklab.to! Feb 14 2015

by on Feb.10, 2015, under Announcements, Events, Lockpicking, Workshops

A set of lockpicks and practice locksLockpicking is a fun and unusual skill, and can help people get a better grasp of their physical security situation.  Come to one of Hacklab’s two lockpicking workshops and learn a skill which is applicable for physical/digital security experts, security-minded home-owners, and anyone who wants to survive the zombie apocalypse!

A person picking a lock in a viseHacklab is running two Lockpicking workshops on February 14, the first running from noon until 2pm and the second running from 3pm until 5pm.  This event is open to all ages and all interested parties.  Free signup at EventBrite is mandatory — there are only 5 spots available at each workshop.  This event is Pay-What-You-Can, with a suggested donation of $10 or more to help us keep the lights on.  Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

If you don’t get a ticket, don’t worry: we’ll be running this workshop again soon!

Signup for Lockpicking at EventBrite

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Saturday Open House 2-6pm

by on Dec.16, 2014, under Announcements

Hacklab will be hosting a weekend Open-House on Saturday December 20th, starting at 2pm and going until at least 6pm (but likely later). Come bring your curiosity, neat projects, your weird and crazy ideas and your awesome selves.  As always, our open-house is at 1266 Queen Street West, Unit 6.  Buzz our unit number at the door to be let in.

Any questions about this event can be directed to us via the Contact page.

Hope to see you there.  Happy hacking!

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Weekend Open-House: This Saturday!

by on Dec.02, 2014, under Announcements, Events, Unpatched Tuesdays

Hey everyone!

We get asked every now and again if we could host weekend open-houses for those of you who can’t make it out to our Tuesday Open-House nights. Well, your dreams have come true!

Hacklab will be hosting a weekend Open-House on Saturday December 6, starting at 2pm and going until at least 6pm (but likely later). Come bring your curiosity, neat projects, your weird and crazy ideas and your awesome selves.  As always, our open-house is at 1266 Queen Street West, Unit 6.  Buzz our unit number at the door to be let in.

Also, there will be free vegan food! Show up for some noms, stay for the blinking LED’s!

Any questions about this event can be directed to us via the Contact page.

Hope to see you there.  Happy hacking!

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Hacklab Indiegogo Plaque!

by on Oct.25, 2014, under Announcements, Projects

After countless design revisions, we’ve finished our Hacklab Indiegogo Plaque! See complete gallery on flickr. Thanks to everyone who supported our campaign, we raised over $7000 towards moving expenses, and everyone got some awesome swag! The plaque consists of 3 layers: a laser etched wooden base (wood cut and finished by our friends at Ultimate Workshop), a laser-etched acrylic map of the space, and a third acrylic layer highlighting the awesome skylights and treehouse areas in the space. Hex spacers provide the distance between layers. The vertical parts of the plaque also create this super cool shadow effect when you move lights around! Thanks to Khuyen Forsythe for the design work, MakeWorks for use of their laser cutter (which is super fast at etching), and Martin Tomsky for the idea of laser-cut layering.

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Reminder: hacklab party tonight!

by on Oct.24, 2014, under Announcements, Events

That’s right, our Grand Re-opening Party is TONIGHT, Friday Oct 24 2014 8pm-late! We’ve got some epic lighting installed in the classroom, there will be a DJ, and of course our usual geek-welcome! Tours provided. BYOB.

Our address is 1266 Queen Street West, Suite #6. We’re just west of Dufferin on Queen Street, on the north side. Buzz unit #6 and we’ll let you in.

Hope to see you all soon!

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Hacklab Grand Re-Opening Party: October 24th 8pm-late

by on Oct.04, 2014, under Announcements, Events

1266_Queen_Street_HacklabCome one come all, hacklab has moved and we’re having a party to celebrate our grand re-opening! We’re in a much larger space on Queen at Dufferin, where we’re in the process of building out all kinds of awesome stuff, including a shop, a darkroom, a lab, a kitchen, and a classroom space! We’ll have the classroom setup as a party space, with a DJ. Tours of the space will be given! Everyone is welcome, you do not have to be a member to attend. BYOB, and also bring friends!

What: Hacklab Grand Re-Opening Party

When: Friday October 24th, 8pm-late

Where: Hacklab 2.0, 1266 Queen Street West, Suite #6. Queen just west of Dufferin on the north side.

Why: Our new digs are awesome and you need to come see them!

We’re also open every Tuesday evening 5:30pm-10pm for our open house, as usual.

You can RSVP on our eventbrite if you want (free admission).

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We’ve Moved!

by on Sep.28, 2014, under Announcements, Events, Projects, Running a Hacker Space, Unpatched Tuesdays, Workshops

Hacklab has moved!

Come visit us at Hacklab 2.0, now located in Parkdale! (1266 Queen Street West) We’re open every Tuesday night (Including this Sept 30!)

New lab!

New lab!

 

Classroom

Hacklab’s new classroom and large hacking area

More photos of the process here.

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Let there be Science; PSAa.

by on Sep.22, 2014, under Announcements, Events

This is not a normal post by me. I do not normally make  Public Science Awesomeness Announcements (PSAa), but I thought this would be something that the community at large may be interested in. On Sunday September the 28th, it is the Ontatrio Sceince Centers 45th Birthday. And on this special of occasions the Science Center is free from 10 am – 5 pm. Imax and parking is not. For more info on the festivity’s planned follow the link above.

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Hacklab is Moving!

by on Aug.18, 2014, under Announcements, Running a Hacker Space

NewHacklabSome of you have already heard, word is getting around, hacklab has signed a lease on a new space!

We’ll be moving to 1266 Queen Street West, units 6 & 12. It’s at Dufferin Street, in Parkdale. The two units together have a HUGE amount of space, roughly equivalent to 5 existing hacklabs! Our lease starts Sept 1st, but we’ve got possession early to do some renovations. Many hacklab members are extremely excited about the potential of the new space!

Hacklab open house will continue to be at the current location (170A Baldwin Street in Kensington Market), likely till at least Mid-September. Every Tuesday evening 5:30pm-late as always. We will let you know when the location of the open house changes.

Thanks to everyone who supported our indiegogo and all of our activities throughout the last year – we wouldn’t be in a financial position to do this without you! I’ll be lasering up our thank you plaque soon!

If you’d like to contribute towards our moving expenses, we’re always happy to take donations, please click the button at the bottom of this page or just come to our open house and put some money in our donation box. We’re also looking for all kind of in-kind support (got some extra furniture?), please contact us.

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Hacklab Talk at Toronto Reference Library

by on Sep.11, 2013, under 3D Printing, Announcements, Events

Hacklab.TO will be giving a talk at the Toronto Reference Library tonight, Wednesday September 11th, at 6:30 till 8pm. We’ll be demoing our 3D printers and talking about the Maker Movement. The title of the talk is Technology and Creative Community Spaces: HackLab.TO, and it’ll be Eric Boyd, Rob Gilson & Alice Thorne speaking. The Toronto Reference Library is at 789 Yonge Street (just north of Bloor), the talk will be in the Atrium on the ground floor, just inside the security gates, you can’t miss it.

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