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November 22, 2010 AT 9:10 am

Hackerspaces on NPR’s Weekend Edition

More goodies from NPR: the Hackerspace movement was profiled on the network’s Weekend Edition program.

Most people think of a hacker as someone who breaks into computer networks, but many in the do-it-yourself movement have adopted the term for themselves. DIY hackers take everyday items and hack, or modify, them to serve new purposes. In the last few years, work spaces dedicated to their craft have been sprouting up all over North America.

In more than 70 hacker spaces in the U.S. and Canada, do-it-yourselfers are drilling, gluing, soldering and welding just about anything you can imagine. Some spaces consist of little more than a large room where they share tools and expertise, while others are equipped with expensive, computer-controlled power tools. While the focus at some hacker spaces is primarily on electronics, at others, sawdust flies and sewing machines whir as members build hybrid objects of a less technological variety. The spaces also offer learning opportunities through classes on anything from brewing beer to picking locks, and demonstrations of new contraptions.

Guests included Mitch Altman of Noisebridge in San Fransisco, Bre Pettis of NYC Resistor, and Jack Zylkin from Hive76 in Philly. You can listen to the stream from the main article page, or read the transcript here.


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