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07-29-10

FamiLab: an Orlando-area hackerspace

FAMiLab member at the oscilloscope

I took a trip on Tuesday night with Dr. Bill Ball (of Poli Sci) down to Altamonte Springs to visit FAMiLab. There has been growing interest in hacking and making culture among the DIGA students, so I was excited to see another interested group of individuals just down the interstate. They are hacking webcams and LED signs, using arduinos and other microcontrollers, and building 3D printers.

For students, this would be a good chance for you to see what people are doing off campus. For alums in the Orlando area, this could be a great way to stay connected with other like minded folks. I would encourage you email these guys, join their mailing list and GET INVOLVED! Here’s more info:

FAMiLab is a non-profit community-based art and technology collective running out of Orlando, Fl (i.e. a hackerspace). The ultimate goal of the FAMiLab is to provide a safe space where hackers, makers, and crafters can wield their imagination with wild abandon. Think of the FAMiLab as a club for geeks! Be ye art geek, LARP geek, code geek, lab geek, or any geek in between–we would like you to join us at the lab and teach a workshop, lead a lecture, or simply work on a project while surrounded by awesome people. If you can think it, and can find the supplies, it’s fair game at the lab. Currently the FAMiLab calls an 400 sq. ft. warehouse in Altamonte Spring, Fl home. All 400 square feet are chock full of potential — potential hardware you can hack, potential books you can read, potential space you can claim as your own. Consider coming to one of our public meetings (which occur every Tuesday at 8pm) and finding out how to make your life cooler in the geekiest possible way!

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