Garoa Hacker Clube:About
|Snail mail||Rua Vitorino Carmilo, 459 - Santa Cecília - São Paulo, SP, Brazil - CEP 01153-000|
|Founding||2009-06-23: on-line community|
2010-08-26: space opening
2011-02-20: official foundation
|Members||~20 official, ~400 on mailing list|
|Membership fee||R$80-40, but open to non-members|
|Size||12m² basement, with shared use of a 24m² living room above.|
|IRC||#garoa at irc.freenode.net|
Garoa Hacker Clube is a hackerspace in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and South America.
Garoa is an open and collaborative infrastructure provider for technology enthusiasts that create projects related to many areas such as security, harware, electronics, robotics, modelism, software, biology, music, arts and whatever can be imagined.
In other words, it is a community-run laboratory where people can exchange knowledge and experiences, meet, socialize, collaborate and share.
Our root principles are:
- free and universal access to knowledge generated under our premises
- self-funding through our member fees and community donations
- guarantee of free enterprise on our members in proposing and implementing individual or group projects
Being discussed since mid-2009 and building since August 2010, Garoa Hacker Clube is now officially up and running. We are currently running projects and activities. Since Nov 18 2010 there is be a weekly Arduino night. We have been in a permanent space since September 2010, and it is constantly being improved. We still need to purchase lots of equipment. We have a Cupcake CNC, Arduinos and other embedded platforms, basic electronics, power supplies, a function generator, an analog oscilloscope, soldering irons and PCB manufacturing tools, old hardware, books, oldschool video games and a homebrew pinball machine. On February 20th 2011 we have setup a non-profit association to support our finances and organization.
We're located on the basement of the House of Digital Culture (CCD), Rua Vitorino Carmilo 459, São Paulo 01153-000. The hackerspace is currently active and open to visitors whenever there's someone there. Some members have the key to the space, and we usually hang out there on weekends and at night on special days during the week. We are at walking distance from station Marechal Deodoro on line 3 (red) of the metrô (subway).
We run a few regular events, which you are invited to attend:
Mondays, 7:30pm BRT - Pinball Nights build a pinball machine from scratch
Tuesdays, 7:30pm BRT - Drawing class (re)learn to draw
Wednesdays, 7:30pm BRT - Turing Clube talks and workshops on computer theory, programming languages and information security
Thursdays, 7:30pm BRT - Arduino Night learn, teach, build and hack Arduinos
Saturdays, from 10am BRT - Hackday Saturday seems to be the day with more people hanging out at the space, hacking on various projects and running talks and hands-on activities. There is an Arduino 101 workshop every Saturday from 10am.
Garoa always welcomes visitors. It is an open space. Just check if there will be somebody there to open the door for you.