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Status closed
Country United States of America
State or District California
City Santa Cruz
Date of founding 2009/06/21
Last Updated 2015-09-13
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 Santa Cruz
United States of America

Number of members 33
Membership fee $50-$100 USD / month
Size of rooms 600+ ft^2
Location 36° 58' 40.46" N, 122° 2' 0.10" W

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Bitsmasher - Hackerspace in Santa Cruz

Note: from the Bitsmasher web site, retrieved September 13, 2015: "Bitsmasher has been inactive for some time. This is really just an old wiki put in place so that the old website doesn't link to something random."

Bitsmasher is a hackerspace in Santa Cruz. It is currently in the planning stage and is looking for members. We are currently clearing out space in our first location! In the meantime we are working towards setting up initial corporation, bylaws, and recruiting more members.

Often when I talk to people about my electronics/invention hobby, the start telling me about all kinds of awesome ideas they have, but lack one or more of:

  • A space to work / create / experiment / gather
  • The tools and equipment required (soldering, test equipment, servers)
  • Other people to share knowledge with, collaborate, socialize

Bitsmasher aims towards providing these things for it's members and friends. Focus will be:

  • Computer related stuff. Websites, coding, networks, etc
  • Electronics. Soldering, microcontrollers, inventions
  • Physical creations. Everything from Robots to knitting to musical instruments.

What resources will be available?

  • Workspace tables w/ power strips. Hoping to find a place where using a dremel would be acceptable.
  • I'd like to implement some kind of locker + tray system where a workspace can literally be picked up and secured out of the way in seconds.
  • Near cost access to common electronic components. Grab bins of basic stuff.
  • Soldering / Testing equipment
  • Comfy couches and chairs for laptop coding
  • Projector for movies & parties
  • Old computers. I have perhaps a dozen or so that could be put to some use.
  • Books
  • Free google email + apps and hosting on

What kind of activities would take place?

  • Movie nights
  • Workshops - where other members share some knowledge or skill
  • Kit of the week - introduce people to basic electronics and have fun hacking additions to base kits
  • Altoids tin battle bots - minty fresh mayhem
  • LAN parties
  • ???