Root Access

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Root Access
Status active
Country United States of America

State or District


City Fresno

Date of founding

The date "Fresno/07/11" was not understood.
The date "Fresno/07/11" was not understood.
Last Updated 2017-09-03


(559) 856-1399



Snail mail

1476 North Van Ness ave
California-93728 Fresno
United States of America

Number of members


Membership fee

$59, $29 for Students/Veterans/Special Needs/Out of Towners

Size of rooms



Open to Exchanges?

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Open to Residencies?

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Location 36° 45' 46", -119° 47' 55"
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Root Access is a hub for technology in the San Joaquin Valley. Currently at the local level there are few to no locations offering a chance to work with hardware such as microcontrollers, robots, or 3D printers. Students, tech professionals, and hobbyists in the 18 to 35 age range are our prime demographics.

At the college level students must pay for tuition, class fees, and books in order to even get their feet wet in the hardware scene. Buying equipment and tools is also an obstacle in order to apply the skills learned in the classroom. In Fresno we have a small number of Hackathons, coding competitions where people can build applications or prototypes to meet criteria, such as 59 Days of Code and the new Hack Fresno competition at Fresno State. These are a chances for the tech community to network as well as learn from each other while working in teams. Hackathons are incubators of creativity and tech startups due to their appeal. What Root Access does is provide a location not only for Hackathons, but for the people who are eager to compete. Geekwise offers classes almost exclusively in software with a growing focus in hardware. It is our plan to provide facilities to address the physical tech that is entering our daily lives. Products such as Alexa, Google Home, and Nest are examples of devices that potential customers can create themselves using the microcontroller Raspberry Pi. Combining code, board, and a 3D printed case can create a sleek product worth showing off at a Hackathon or even a business pitch.

For people just getting started with programming and hardware there are kits that we will stock-providing a casual entrance to a booming industry. We’ve been able to locate a number of packages that are great entry level projects for adults as well as children. One of the reasons for founding Root Access was to provide a location for Raspberry Pi Jams as well as Code Dojo, open source educational programs. By addressing the phobia surrounding new technology we’ll be teaching people from all walks of life how to use hardware and software to solve problems today.

Root Access is comprised of three main spaces:

An open space to facilitate classes and community gatherings. There are currently plans to host several different workshops on topics covering soldering, 3D printing, and coding microcontrollers. We also have confirmed with several tech meetups such as Fresno Python, Women Techmakers, and Google Development Group Fresno about hosting some of their meetings.

A retail store where people can purchase electronics and be able to work with them immediately. To supplement these electronics we will have a library of books as well as online resources for people to take advantage of. Buying a board online is easy, turning it into a working project requires either hours of self study or having a community to foster understanding.

A workshop of tools and equipment for members to build their projects. The end goal is to be a one stop shop for the techmaker. Purchase your microcontroller, solder it, and build a home for it all in-house. Soldering irons, multimeters, 3D printers, and a laser cutter provide enough to build a serious project.

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