Hacklab.TO Parkdale Anniversary Party with Moldover

by on Sep.16, 2015, under Events

P_Wojnarski_-_Moldover_-_Mojo (1)We’ve been at our new location 1266 Queen St West #6 in Parkdale for a year! Come celebrate with us (free RSVP here) on Saturday Sept 26th, 8pm till late. We’ll have Moldover from San Francisco here making live electronic musics (take his workshop that afternoon!), and we’ll be generally having a good time – come learn to solder using the maker festival rocketship kits, or see us powering up our new backyard mini foundry! All are welcome – you do not have to be a member to attend, bring friends! BYOB.

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Maker Festival Satellite Events at Hacklab

by on Jul.06, 2015, under Events, Workshops

maker festivalHacklab will be hosting 4 satellite events for maker festival:

Hacklab 7th Birthday Party and BBQ – Saturday July 25th at 6pm – late. Tickets are $10 and get you free food and drink! Project Show & Tell event at 9pm, come and see or come and show off yours!

Hacklab open house – Tuesday July 28th, 6pm-11pm. Get a tour on our most crowded open house of the year! Come hang with fellow makers and get some last minute help on your project.

3D Hubs & ColorFabb Workshop Toronto – Wednesday July 29 6-8PM. Tickets include some samples of cool new 3D printer filament materials and workshop on how to use them.

DIYbio.TO presents The Evolving Landscape of Open Source & Biotechnology, a discussion of open source and biotech with Ryan Merkeley – CEO, Creative Commons; Abigail Cabunoc – Lead Developer, Mozilla Science Lab; Raymond Hui – Scientist, Structural Genomics Consortium; and others, including you! Free or PWYC.

Finally, Maker Festival itself is August 1st and 2nd at the Toronto Reference Library, hacklab will be an exhibitor, come and see our stuff. And the stuff of ~100 other makers! Tickets are free!

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Maker Festival

by on May.28, 2015, under Events

MakerFestivalHacklab will be at the Maker Festival this coming August 1st and 2nd, showing off our awesome member projects. Previously known as the Toronto Mini Maker Faire, it’s back this year bigger and better, with more room for exhibitors, and a upcoming set of satellite events all across Toronto and the GTA. Maker Festival celebrates making and the people who make things, including things near to dear to hacklab’s heart like electronics, robotics, 3D printing, wearables, and drones. Tickets to the event are free and you can RSVP now to avoid the waiver-signing line. If you’re a maker, the Call for Makers is still open – but hurry it closes May 30th at midnight! We’d love to have you at a table beside us at the festival!

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Hackaday event brings over 70 guests!

by on Apr.16, 2015, under Events

There was a huge turnout at our event yesterday in collaboration with Hackaday! Check out some photos.


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Hacklab and Hackaday: Bring a Hack Meetup April 15th

by on Mar.30, 2015, under Announcements, Events, Projects

Hacklab.TO and Hackaday are hosting a Bring A Hack meetup on April 15th! Doors 7pm, talks start 8pm.  Party till late.  Please RSVP on eventbrite: Bring a Hack, this will let us buy the right amount of beer and pizza :-)

We’ll have drinks, snacks, hacks and swag. It’s a Bring A Hack style meetup, where you bring the project you’re working on and show it off to enthusiastic supporters.

There will also be lightening talks, which are short talks about projects or ideas you’re working on.

Sophi from Hackaday will be in town to talk about the Hackaday Prize, the engineering competition that sends you to Space (SERIOUSLY).  http://hackaday.io/

In fact, Hacklab entered the competition last year and will talk about their project, Retro Populator. Want to get on the talks list? Let us know! (contact sophikravitz at hackaday dot com)

UPDATE: just to be clear, you can totally just come to see the talks and hacks, you don’t need to bring your own, and nor do you need to be a hacklab member.  Just RSVP and come have some fun!

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Junk Independence Day: Sunday March 22nd 2-7pm

by on Mar.20, 2015, under Events

Junk independence day at hacklab again, Sunday March 22nd!  2-7pm. Bring your e-waste, root around in other people e-waste, and walk home with new treasure!  On previous junk independence days people have gone home with wonderful treasures like a 1TB HD, an iPod touch, a decent desktop computer, a classic Macintosh, and various pieces for projects… Anyway, come with your e-waste and have some fun at hacklab!   All e-waste will be responsibly disposed of by Revolution Recycling, they are scheduled to pickup stuff at hacklab on Monday March 23rd.  Thanks Revolution!

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Crosstalk; Repair Cafe.

by on Feb.22, 2015, under Events

On Saturday the Repair Cafe had a successful repair clinic at Hacklab Toronto.
Many came through the lab for a tour while waiting for their spot in line to start
work on their personal treasures to be repaired, and to learn a little about
repair themselves. Like those articles and photo narratives, in the past
crosstalk has featured other spaces, how others engage with the wider community.
This successful Repair Cafe was hosted by Hacklab Toronto, and allowed the lab
to give back to a community that does great work.

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Pie Day Party & HPMOR Wrap Party

by on Feb.16, 2015, under Events

RSVP on facebook!

Come celebrate Pi Day (March 14th, 3/14, 3.14…) at hacklab! Bring a pie and get in free, otherwise admission is $10/person at the door. All types of Pie welcome – e.g. Shepherds pie, quiche, Australian meat pie, and of course fruit pies, lemon meringue, etc. We’ll be baking pies starting at 1:59pm if you want to join that. Main party starts at 6pm (dinner will be pies, of course!). Bring friends and feast. BYOB, stay tuned for more details.

This will also be a Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality wrap party, one of many dozens occurring all over the world on Pi Day. For those who don’t know it, you can read it in full at hpmor.com. It’s a fanfic of Harry Potter raised in a scientific household. Totally awesome read. The author will be posting the final chapters over the next month, so we’ll be celebrating the end of the story. (There are 100+ chapters, so if you haven’t started, you might still be able to catch up.) We might share favourite passages or try to experiment with magic ourselves. :-)

On the other hand, even if you’re not an HPMOR fan, there’ll be pie, and that’s a good enough reason to come and have fun!

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Repair Café Toronto at Hacklab.to! Feb 21 2015

by on Feb.14, 2015, under Announcements, Events

Hacklab is excited to host Repair Café Toronto this February!


The Repair Café is a monthly gathering where there will be volunteer fixers available for computers, electronics, small appliances, clothes, books, among others. For whatever you need fixed, bring it on! You can learn how to fix it while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, or see what’s possible with the 3D printer or laser cutter on site. To avoid lineups, please arrive early. It would be best to arrive before 3 p.m. so that there is enough time for the fixer to examine your item.

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: HackLab.TO, 1266 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor (buzz Unit #12)
Cost: Free (Donations are welcome!)

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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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