The garage. Such a lonely place to sift through drawers of resistors and unsorted hardware. Look into that glaring flood light illuminating your workbench and dream that dream, once again, of starting your very own hackerspace. Adafruit has posted a great guide on How to Start a Hackerspace created by Eric Michaud who, as you may know, is on a mission to get Hackerspaces set up EVERYWHERE. It lines right up with DIY’s Maker guide for kiddos, taking it a step further and lining out just what you need to get a special spot for hackers and makers buzzing along.

Hackerspace. Go.

The Hackerspace guide is a sever part series that goes from building a core crew to launching your space. It includes topics like safety, membership, getting organized and getting things done, along with delegating tasks and what works best to make sure the core crew is on the same page.

This How To Start A Hackerspace guide is for you, for everyone who has felt like I have and wanted to have a space to hack, to find community, to learn, to break things, to make things and to have a place to do it. Read How To Start A Hackerspace and find out everything you need to know to get started – including learning from the trials and tribulations of myself and my co-founders – and how to make a successful Hackerspace a reality.

The seven parts are:

How To Start A Hackerspace: Part 1
What is a Hackerspace, and who do you want as your core crew to build your Hackerspace?

How To Start A Hackerspace: Part 2 – A Place To Hack All The Things
What requirements does your Hackerspace need to meet?

How To Start A Hackerspace: Part 3 – A Home For Your Hackerspace
Where to locate your Hackerspace, and things you’ll need to consider.

How To Start A Hackerspace: Part 4 – Get It Done
Make a task list and delegate responsibility to the core crew.

How To Start A Hackerspace: Part 5 – Money and Resources
How to bring in resources to get the tools and materials you need.

How To Start A Hackerspace: Part 6 – Get Your Space Ready
What to do, and where to put everything in your space once you have it.

How To Start A Hackerspace: Part 7 – Launch
What to do when everything is set up.

I love how this guide is broken up. I found quite a few tidbits I hadn’t thought about in considering a hackerspace previously. Although your requirements/needs may be different from what is listed out, the guide is still a great resource to start with and may perhaps push you to go a bit further than you had planned. So, get your ideas together and, as Eric recommends, check out to see what others are doing. You’ll also want to see Adafruit’s Hacker Spaces directory and note that adafruit has special Hackerspace pricing. Need any other reasons to get one started?

Hackerspace image hacked from Hackerspace KL Maylasia logo


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.