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Revision as of 08:55, 23 June 2022

Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!

A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff

Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of group of people who rent a shared workshop where we can build projects both collectively and individually. Our space is located at 1840 S. Walnut Street.

We are open to the public Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm. Our open hours are family friendly.


Who are we?

We are a bunch of people that want to do interesting things and explore the world and technology around us. Expression of this interest takes at least as many forms as we have members, and often employs an amalgam of found and newly-constructed hardware and/or open-source and self-authored software components, but may be as simple as screwing some pieces of wood together to make a useful tool we don't have yet.

Bloominglabs was forged from the Bloomington Hackerspace Initiative and the former IU Robotics Club.

  • Read our Bylaws for a more formalized overview

What is a hackerspace?

A hackerspace is a physical location where people can share resources for their own creative pursuits. It's also a resource where people can come in off the street and advance their own knowledge. In urban locations it can often be hard to find places to weld/build/make noise and keep projects on-going without having to tear down and put-up your work each evening. With a hacker space people can work on their projects and not worry about annoying their neighbors or spouses. The social aspect is also an incredibly important component. Having people to bounce ideas off of and discuss your projects with when you get stuck is a great thing.

Stay informed


Bloominglabs Incorporated is a non-profit registered within in the state of Indiana and has 501(c)3 charitable status. Want to make a donation with PayPal? Please use this link:

  • (Note to members - this link should not be used for paying membership dues)

Also, we have an Amazon Smile Account For Bloominglabs. If you use that link to place an order on Amazon, we get a little cut. Thanks!

Members, this is how we process cash and hardware donations: Donations.

Hardware Donations

We appreciate hardware donations too! However, please ask before bringing any item donations and arrange to meet someone for the handoff. contact [at] bloominglabs [dot] org This gives us a chance to decide what of your donation is useful to us currently. For things we can't use, we'll help you figure out other groups in Bloomington who would appreciate them or help you determine the best way to dispose of them.

Current & Upcoming Events


Public meetings!

Public nights returned in 2021.

  • Wednesdays from 7pm until 10pm
  • E-mail contact [at] bloominglabs [dot] org or ask in Slack if you would like to arrange access to the space at another time.
  • Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
  • All ages and everyone is welcome

Introduction to Parkour

Mondays -- 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

  • Format: In-Person, at Bloominglabs, 1840 S. Walnut St, Bloomington, IN
  • Cost: Drop-ins welcome, individual sessions are $15 ($10 for Bloominglabs members.) Pay cash or card on location.

Always wanted to learn Parkour? Take the leap, with our in-depth Basic Parkour class: brought to you by BPK and Bloominglabs! You’ll learn all the fundamentals of the Art of Movement, in a safe and fun environment.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops are for age 12 and older unless otherwise specified. See our Workshops page for more information.

Plant Tower Workshop Saturday June 25rd, 2022 -- 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

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  • Format: In-Person, outside
  • Cost: $50 for the public, or $40 for Bloominglabs members
  • Maximum Class Size: 3 students

Plant towers are a vertical garden that can house 50+ plants in 4 sq ft of space. Plant towers also contain a composting tube to allow users to easily return their vegetative waste back to their plants.

Participants will build their own plant tower and compost tube from a recycled food grade barrel. 2 hour class. All materials provided.

Are you a Bloominglabs member?

Rain Barrel Workshop Saturday June 25rd, 2022 -- 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

  • Format: In-Person, outside
  • Cost: $50 for the public, or $40 for Bloominglabs members
  • Maximum Class Size: 3 students

During the summer months, lawns and gardens account for an average of 40% of household water usage. Water barrels can help to reduce water usage and bills by allowing you to tend to your lawn and garden using naturally harvested rain water. Come make one for yourself! All materials and tools will be provided.

Are you a Bloominglabs member?

Check out Workshops to see even further into the future!

Current Initiatives

These are things we are working on, or would like to see, to improve the space. If you are interested in any of these, feel free to work on it! If you are unsure where to start, please get in touch!

  • improve the tool and workspace arrangement and cleanliness
  • purge excess junk
  • vend snacks and drinks (we used to do this at the previous space, but haven't since moving) Achieved!
  • revive the asset management system, and add our new assets to it
  • make Bloominglabs's web presence friendlier
    • The page you get when people from the public go to bloominglabs.org has an overwhelming amount of information on it.
    • The New Members page and the Membership Manual should be merged together.
    • In general, it would be great to see more participation in the wiki, especially on the [Projects] page.
    • It might be good to have a page that lists all members with their name, picture, username, email, interests, areas of the space they are familiar with, etc.
  • make the 3D Printers more reliable, make the 3D printing process easier, and spread the knowledge
  • wire the CCTV system
  • wire speakers in the lounge (and maybe in the classroom)

Public meetings and Membership

Currently we open to members but are closed to the public until the pandemic situation improves.

Despite this we are still accepting new memberships! Since we are closed to the public for the time being please send mail to contact [at] bloominglabs dot org to arrange a tour and to learn more about our on-boarding process. Please see the Membership Manual and New Members for more details.

During normal non-pandemic conditions we would meet every Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm and every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm at 1840 S. Walnut Street. These meetings were open to the public; anyone was welcome to attend. Having access to tools is only part of the equation. Socializing with people and learning from each other is another large benefit from our group. Pretty much whatever people want to work on or learn is fair game. If it's cool and interesting you'll find somebody who's interested.

Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives:

Other Cool Groups in Bloomington & Monroe County

Special Wiki Pages

Uploaded files

Personal tools