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The Road to Hacklab 3.0

by on May.03, 2019, under Uncategorized

Hacklab has been a rather regular cadence of activity. Our members have been focusing on shaping the upper floor which will serve as our hub, class room, kitchen and lounge area. The workshop and DIY BIO will be in the downstairs. We’d like to thank our member Norm for putting together the following two progress update videos.

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Crowdfunding Campaign for Hacklab 3.0

by on Feb.04, 2019, under Uncategorized

In case you haven’t seen all our recent posts, Hacklab is moving! With moving comes costs, both in time and finances. To help us build our new space to meet the needs of a premier makerspace for our world-class city, our new space is undergoing a massive cleanup as well as some renovations.

Please consider donating to our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in order to help us move to our new location on St. Clair West. Or, if donating money isn’t your thing, shoot us a message because we’d love it if you could donate some time and muscles to help us do the heavy lifting or even swinging a hammer in the new space. Or heck, if you can share the link above that would be great, too!

We’d like to take this quick moment to thank everyone, from past and current members to our current open house guests, for joining us in our amazing journey growing from colourful Kensington Market to quirky Parkdale and onward to funky St. Clair West. Open houses are still going on at Hacklab 2.0 every week until further notice and we’d love to have you pop by for our last days in Parkdale.

Check out our awesome crowdfunding video on YouTube and we’ll see you for $5 vegan dinner this Tuesday (served around 7:30pm) at 1266 Queen Street West buzz unit 6!

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We’re Looking for a New Home

by on Nov.21, 2018, under Uncategorized

Our current location, 1266 Queen W, has served us well for the last 4 years. But come the new year, all tenants must leave the building for the constructions of additional floors.

Hacklab needs a new home. A Hacklab 3.0!

If you know of any spaces please reach out to us.

We’re looking for:
* 1500 – 2200 sqr/ft
* Dividable in to three main areas: Machine Shop, BioLab and common area.
* Transit accessibility

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Junk Independence Day! Nov 18th

by on Nov.04, 2018, under Uncategorized

It’s everyone’s favorite time again, Junk Independence Day! Rocking Hacklab Toronto, this 18th from 2pm-7pm. Bring your e-waste and dig through other people’s for treasures. On previous Junk Independence Days, people have walked away with an iPod touch, a 1TB hard drive, working classic iMacs, bubblejet printers, a Sony mini-DV camcorder, stereo amps, speakers, a desktop computer and even walk/don’t walk streetlights! Not to be forgotten, there are always lots of little chips and bytes for random hacking, too.

Anything left at the end will be picked up on following Monday and responsibly recycled by Revolution Recycling, who has been participating in our Junk Independence Days since the first one. Thanks Revolution!!

/!\ Reminder: Please don’t disassemble items brought in for the Junk Day, if you want only part of an item, take it home, and bring the rest back next junk day. This avoids unfortunate situations were someone brings in a working laptop, and some who really needs it, can’t get it because in between someone else tore it in half for a speaker or a battery.

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Just Announced: Hack’o’ween 2018!

by on Sep.28, 2018, under Events, Uncategorized

Celebrate both Hallowe’en and Hacklab’s milestone 10th year in style at our Hack’o’ween Fundraiser! We’ll have DJs and dancing, a raffle with awesome prizes provided by our members including 1-on-1 lessons and mentoring in a wide range of areas, Hacklab t-shirts, collectables and more! Spooky weird science is everywhere!

Hacklab is the longest-running makerspace in Toronto. Started from humble beginnings as a place for techies to build and play with equipment as well as controlling it with software programming in a Kensington bunker, Hacklab has grown to include the DIYBio and chemistry lab, sewing corner, VR lab and more.

Come help us celebrate and raise funds to ensure the doors stay open and we continue to share and help members and non-members alike make their dream projects come to life!

Snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and fluorescent mocktails will be available however this is a BYOB event.

Nitty Gritty Data:

Saturday October 27th, 2018 9pm – 2am

$20 in advance

Tickets available through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hackoween-2018-tickets-50801266957 linked to Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2143497519015524/

**no ticket refunds 7 days run up to the event

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Junk Independence Day! July 22nd

by on Jul.08, 2018, under Uncategorized

It’s everyone’s favorite time again, Junk Independence Day! Rocking Hacklab Toronto, this July 22nd from 2pm-7pm. Bring your e-waste and dig through other people’s for treasures. On previous Junk Independence Days, people have walked away with an iPod touch, a 1TB hard drive, working classic iMacs, bubblejet printers, a Sony mini-DV camcorder, stereo amps, speakers, a desktop computer and even walk/don’t walk streetlights! Not to be forgotten, there are always lots of little chips and bytes for random hacking, too.

Anything left at the end will be picked up on following Monday and responsibly recycled by Revolution Recycling, who has been participating in our Junk Independence Days since the first one. Thanks Revolution!!

Eventbrite free tickets/reminder:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/junk-independence-day-tickets-47904529738

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1821960631159775/

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New Event Added! Intro to Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

by on Jun.19, 2018, under Uncategorized

Shiny Bitcoins and Investment Candle Chart

Cryptocurrency Workshop July 13, 2018 7pm

Ever wondered what Bitcoin is, why there’s so much hype around it and why it is worth so much money? In this workshop we will learn what Bitcoin is, what the blockchain technology it’s built upon is, and how it relates to other blockchain technologies such as Ethereum and Hyperledger.

Buy your $5 tickets now on Eventbrite and get the cost back in crypto, provided you download a wallet app to your phone either before or during the presentation! (no refunds after 7 days before the event)

Sign up now and we’ll see you July 13, 2018 at 7pm!

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This Friday: Fusion 360 Study Group/Mentorship

by on Mar.06, 2018, under Uncategorized

Norm guides this study group for beginners, intermediate, and experienced users. Come and work on your projects, help others out, learn new skills, or just get started with a super basic project. Learn workflows to 3D printers, the laser cutter, and engraver. Exchange ideas, and gain confidence to build your next projects.

Fusion 360 is the first 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tool of its kind. It connects your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC. Beginners can download an educational version from https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/fusion-360/learn-explore/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-activate-start-up-or-educational-licensing-for-Fusion-360.html

Free workshop, suggested $5 donation to Hacklab.to. Bring snacks, pop for sale $1.

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fusion-360-workshop-study-and-mentorship-group-tickets-41858290273

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/400667247056473/?event_time_id=400667263723138

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Repair Cafe Success!!!

by on Feb.03, 2018, under Events, Projects, Running a Hacker Space, Uncategorized, Workshops

The Repair Cafe for a second time has come and gone.
And with that the Repair cafe moves along to another community to aid where the can to repair wayward electronics. In the mean time here is some photos from today’s Repair Cafe.

 

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Rocket Powered Birthday Cake

by on Nov.15, 2017, under Uncategorized

The Useless Duck Company built a Rocket Powered Birthday Cake at the HackLab last month.

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