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Welcome to the homepage of Thessaloniki’s Hackerspace (TheHackerspace). For those who are unfamiliar with the term, here’s a Wikipedia definition:
A hackerspace or hackspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or creative space) is a location where people with common interests, usually in computers, technology, science or digital or electronic art can meet, socialise and / or collaborate. A hackerspace can be viewed as an open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.
Please note that the term hacker has nothing to do with security intruders doing illegal activities. TheHackerspace focuses on open hardware and electronics (arduino, mbed, etc.), embedded systems (game consoles, robots, automation, etc.) and operating systems (GNU/Linux, *BSD, MINIX 3, Plan 9, GNU Hurd, etc.).
Unless you are rich, it is unlikely that you own all the hardware and the tools required to build different kinds of embedded systems. For example you might already own an arduino board, but most probably you are missing the X or Y sensor required to build your favourite prototype.
And unless you are a genius, it is unlikely that you know everything about all the available free software / open source operating systems. Thus, perhaps you wrote your own system call or driver for the Linux kernel, but most probably you don’t know how to do the same stuff on another operating system that you like (for example MINIX 3).
Don’t worry. That is exactly why we founded TheHackerspace. It is a place where hardware, books, code, and knowledge is shared between people who like to hack. If you are interested on embedded and system hacking, you are welcomed to join us.