Welcome to Bloominglabs, Bloomington's very own hackerspace!
Bloominglabs is Indiana's first hackerspace (also known as a makerspace). We are a group of group of people who have rented a shared workshop where we can build projects both collectively and individually. Our space is located at 1609 S. Rogers Street, Building 4 (our building has our gear logo painted on the wall). We are open to the public on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 10pm and are family friendly.
- Sign up to the announcement mailing list to keep up with our group.
- New! We have a discuss mailing list now.
- Our Calendar of events
- Follow us on Twitter @Bloominglabs, Facebook, and Google+.
- Checkout photos from past events on Flickr
- Our IRC server is at irc.bloominglabs.org:6667, #hackerspace.
- We can also be reached via old fashioned email at contact (]at[) bloominglabs dot o r g.
- Send us email to get an invite to our Slack site.
- We have a new mailing address! P.O. Box 2443, Bloomington, IN 47402
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!
Information for our members: this is how we process cash and hardware Donations.
Current Events (PastEvents)
- Hour of Code
- At MCPL
- Teen event (Ages 12-19), December 5th, 5pm-7pm
- All ages event, December 7th, 5pm-7pm
- We'll be programming Arduinos to control NeoPixel lamps, building video games using Scratch and Makey Makey controllers, and playing around with Raspberry Pis and BeagleBones.
- St. Nick's Workshop
- At MCPL, Saturday, December 10th, noon to 5pm
- Discardia will be bringing sewing machines and Bloominglabs will bring scrap fabric
- The vacuum former will be there
- Soap molding
- Pop-up cards
- All ages welcome and family friendly. Come make gifts for your loved ones for the holiday season.
- At MCPL, Saturday, December 10th, noon to 5pm
- Cluster System Administration Class
- Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm-9pm, starting January 24th and ending March 7th
- Class will be hands-on
- Syllabus can be found here
- $50 for members/$125 for non-members
- Space is limited. Reserve your seat by paying for the class today!
- Pumpkin Chunkin
- Bloominglabs participated in the Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on Saturday, October 29th. We won the precision prize, missing the target by only 1 foot, 9 inches!
- Public Hack Meetings!
- Every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm
- Come build projects, ask questions, teach things, and learn stuff
- All ages and everyone is welcome
- Space Improvements
- Tool and workspace arrangement
Currently we meet every Wednesday at 7:00pm at 1609 S. Rogers Street Building 4, Bloomington, Indiana. These meetings are open to the public; anyone is welcome to attend. We usually meet for 2-3 hours and have a lot of fun. 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 then we are all interested.
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.
Nearby Hackerspaces/Makerspace or initiatives:
- Cyberia (INDIANAPOLIS!)
- Castlemakers (Greencastle, Indiana)
- The SHAK (Kokomo, Indiana)
- Hive13 (Cincinnati, OH)
- LVL1 (Louisville Kentucky)
- Vault404 (Louisville Kentucky)
- Collexion (Lexington Kentucky)
- Pumping Station: One (Chicago)
- Dayton Diode
- Detroit Facility
- i3 Detroit
Makerspace Goshen (Goshen Indiana)
Other Cool Groups in Bloomington
The Bloomington Print Collective -- a non-profit community print shop.Closed their doors October of 2015 :(
- Indiana Filmmakers Network -- provides support, camaraderie and resources to filmmakers.
- Bloomington Amateur Radio Club
- Indiana University Amateur Radio Club
- IU Makes
Bloomington personal Fabrication Group (IU 3D Printing Club)(no longer meeting) - also a trac hosted here
- The annual Hoosier to Hoosier event (resale trail)
- Press (jigsaw) Puzzles