“Fight Club for nerds”

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Wired’s Dylan Tweney writes about the surprise return of old-fashioned engineering clubs, in the guise of hacker spaces.

“There are zillions of people around the world doing this,” says Altman, referring to the swell of interest in do-it-yourself projects and hacking. “It’s a worldwide community.”

At the center of this community are hacker spaces like Noisebridge, where like-minded geeks gather to work on personal projects, learn from each other and hang out in a nerd-friendly atmosphere. Like artist collectives in the ’60s and ’70s, hacker spaces are springing up all over.

There are now 96 known active hacker spaces worldwide, with 29 in the United States, according to Hackerspaces.org. Another 27 U.S. spaces are in the planning or building stage.

Dylan’s got some great photos up with the story, too. Why aren’t you doing this in your basement?

DIY Freaks Flock to ‘Hacker Spaces’ Worldwide [Wired]

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5 Responses to “Fight Club for nerds”

  1. strider_mt2k says:

    You know that Groucho line about clubs and having me as a member, right?

  2. Joel Johnson says:

    I think I’m gonna start one in Eugene.

  3. rijrunner1 says:

    Where are you? There are a lot more groups than those registered on hackerspace.org

    You might try looking in craigslist or meetup.com

    Or.. start one.. within a few days, you will hear from others who are interested..

  4. strider_mt2k says:

    My heart!
    If only there was one near ME!!

    As it is I’m ready to hook up with a paranormal outfit that can get some use out of my ROV chasing ghosts, or ghost pirates or miner foty-niners or something, I dunno it’s fringe stuff.
    (No not the show Fringe. Who the F could ever get THAT lucky?)

    I’d rather be hacking, and it’s been a while.

  5. Rob Beschizza says:

    Start one! I think the trick is to make it as casual as possible, so you don’t have to invest a lot of time and effort into an unpaid job.

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