Maker Festival! So Many Workshops!

by on Jun.14, 2016, under Events, Workshops

component_artHacklab is a big part of the Maker Festival Satellite Events this year – we’ve got EIGHT workshop/events all queued up for the Month of Making (June 15th – July 17th)! I’m especially excited about the Soldering Workshop – Component Art and the Sewing 101: DIY button up shirt workshops, but there is something for everyone! We’ll also be exhibiting at Maker Festival July 9th & 10th, at the Toronto Reference Library. Come check out our booth!

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Building the Internet of Things on the cheap

by on Oct.29, 2015, under Events, Workshops

esp8266In this workshop, Rob and Alex demonstrate how to configure, flash, and use the ESP-8266 Wifi module.  Learn how to do cool things with LUA and NodeMCU, and check out some more complex things you can do with custom firmware.

Easily connect your plant water sensor, refrigerator, coffee machine, shoes, or cat to the internet, thanks to the magic of the Internet of Things!

Plug-and-play USB-enabled ESP modules will be available at cost for $8 to the first 13 attendees (as that’s how many we have).

When: Monday, Nov 9th, at 7:00 PM
Where: Hacklab Classroom

YOU WILL REQUIRE: A laptop and $8 to buy a module.


Please RSVP on EventBrite:



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Intro to Analog Synths Workshop

by on Oct.14, 2015, under Events, Workshops


Want to learn the basics of control voltages and analog music synthesis? Your hosts Andrew Kilpatrick and David Waldman of Kilpatrick Audio will give a musical and technical tour. Andrew’s PHENOL synths will be there for you to try. Bring a pair of headphones.

When: November 2, 2015 at 1900h
Where: Hacklab Classroom
Why: Because synths are awesome!

Please RSVP if you will be attending:


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Glimpse at DIYBIO.TO

by on Aug.13, 2015, under Projects, Unpatched Tuesdays, Workshops

Glimps at DIYBIO

Glimps at DIYBIO

Hacklab has been hosting our friends DIYBIO for a while now. And with their presence a great symbiotic relationship has developed between the two groups. DIYBIO has a  bio lab in the Hacklab  space that has grown to a place where they can start running experiments.  The photo gallery below shows one of the experiments recently conducted. For more information on DIYBIO visit their website at DIYBIO.to. As well as visit Hacklab on Tuesdays for our open house to talk to some of the DIYBIO people in person. 

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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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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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Raspberry Pi Workshop: Sun Feb 15th

by on Feb.05, 2015, under Workshops

Raspberry pi: getting started with physical computing – Sun Feb 15th 2-5pm, in the hacklab classroom.


Getting started with Raspberry Pi physical computing workshop. All are welcome. We will show you how to start working with Raspberry Pi and get it to interact with the physical world. This will include setting up the Pi, connecting some electronic components to it and doing a “Hello World” project.

Please bring a laptop and a Pi if you have one, we will have a number of them provided, but probably not enough for everyone. You can buy one at Creatron at 255 College Street or online at http://canada.newark.com . The new version of Pi just came out, but is still on backorder at Newark(element14), so it will be a dilemma for you – get an “older” B+ or wait for new Rpi2 :)

If you have any ideas for a project, bring it along with any components you might need and we will help you get started with that!

Finding Hacklab: We’re at Queen and Dufferin, NW corner, buzz unit #12.

A PWCY (pay what you can) donation of $10 is suggested. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

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arduino beginners workshop: Mon Jan 26th

by on Jan.18, 2015, under Workshops


Arduino Beginners Workshop. For total beginners. All are welcome. Eric will show you how to get started with Arduino, the super-friendly microcontroller platform that even artists love. We’ll cover getting the software installed and going, hooking up the Arduino, and a little bit of basic programming, via explanation of the Examples. You too can cut and paste your way to a working project!
***You’ll need to bring your own Arduino (any kind will do) and a laptop on which you can install software. Also please bring any cables required to attach your Arduino to your laptop – typically this means an A to B USB cable. If you do not have an Arduino, you can purchase one at Creatron at 255 College Street (or online, of course). The Arduino Uno is the recommended board for beginners, but any arduino will do if you have a more specialized project in mind.***
Finding Hacklab: We’re at Queen and Dufferin, NW corner, buzz unit #12.
A PWCY (pay what you can) donation of $10 is suggested. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

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Crosstalk; Sound and Electrons.

by on Jan.10, 2015, under Events, Projects, Workshops

The electrons are being excited this weekend at Hacklab with the Sound hackers audio meet up happening on Saturday January 10th, 2 pm – 12 am.
Click here to see  a complete schedule of events happening.

As a pre-amp to all the electrons being excited. Enjoy some of the photos from the Toronto Synth meet up, where I met up with one of Hacklabs members Andrew Kilpatrick and had the chance to play with his new Synth the phenol (Photo below). Andrew has a  Kickstarter for the lovely piece of hardware on the go if you like more info on it.  This is a bit of a different cross talk then in the past. For this is the first time a cross talk has gone from an external event into a internally hosted one.
There has been an Audio swap meet in the past and, now we have the great pleasure of hosting the Sound Hackers meet up at Hacklab.
Stay tuned for this weekends photos. In the mean time here are the best of the Synth meet up from November 2014.


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Cadsoft EAGLE workshop

by on Dec.30, 2014, under Workshops

cadsoft EAGLE workshop: Feb 9, 16 & 23
$free (donation to hacklab encouraged & appreciated)

Come learn CADsoft Eagle, “award winning software [that] offers user friendly, powerful and affordable solutions for PCB design, including Schematic Capture, Board Layout and Autorouter.” It’s used by many hobbyists thanks to the free version, which isn’t horribly crippled, and it’s used by Spark Fun, so many open source PCB designs are already available and easy to copy from! The tutorial will be in three parts, over three consecutive Mondays:

Monday February 9th: Schematic Capture. Taking your circuit schematic and laying it out in Eagle, including things like adding parts, wiring parts, and naming things. ERC electrical rule check.

Monday February 16th: PCB Layout. Including part placement and routing of signals. Trace thickness, autorouting, layers, and DRC design rule check.

Monday February 23th: CAM Processor, Ordering Boards & using the Parts Editor. Using the CAM processor to create Gerbers (the data files that all board houses accept). Quick review of some PCB making services. Creating a new part. Copying and editing an existing part. Library management.

Attendees should come to all three sessions, to get complete coverage of Eagle. So make sure you are available for all sessions before signing up. Please download and install Eagle before the first session.

The tutorial will be taught by Eric and Sen, we both have years of experience using Eagle to make PCBs for shipping products.

NOTE: the interface is confusing, you need only one ticket, just pick the first date from the dropdown, and you’ll be registered for all three dates of the event.

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