Freeside Atlanta

Introduction to a non-profit hackerspace and community-based learning

Streetcat was first introduced to Freeside in late 2014 by fellow participants that she met from a Google hackathon hosted at Georgia Tech. Her new friend, Jonathan, invited her to check out Freeside during one of the regular Open House events, where she would have the opportunity to meet the members of the makerspace and tour the massive tool resource center. Having been interested in learning about electronics and interactive projects, Streetcat was drawn to taking classes at the space in order to advance her knowledge of electronics.

After taking multiple classes at the makerspace, she started volunteering as an educational coordinator to get others that had knowledgeable maker skills and wanted to teach others about how things work. Soon after starting to organize events and promote them successfully through Freeside’s social media channels, she decided to run for a position on Freeside’s board of directors, who are in charge of overseeing the long-term development and sustainability of the space. She was elected to the board in November 2016 and served until late May 2018, volunteering hundreds of hours to running the space’s events and developing a public marketing strategy for charitable public engagement, which included several outreach programs.

 

Public events, community projects, and educational development

Pop Up Repair Atlanta
September 2017

“Woodruff Park and Freeside Atlanta, in partnership with Pop Up Repair, are excited to present Woodruff Park Pop-Up Repair, a limited-time program coming to Downtown Atlanta this fall. Community members are invited to stop by Woodruff Park to drop off household items in need of repair. Artisans at Freeside Atlanta and Pop Up Repair will repair items, which will be made available for pick up in early October.  Woodruff Park Pop-Up Repair will launch on Sunday, September 24 during Atlanta Streets Alive. Community members may drop off items for repair at the Pop-Up Repair Shop kiosk, located in the park near the Reading Room…” https://www.atlantadowntown.com/initiatives/woodruff-park/pop-up-repair

Check out our official launch event from September 24, 2017 ~ https://www.facebook.com/events/1730033280625954/

Maker Faire Atlanta + Maker Faire Mayor’s Office Atlanta
October 2016, March 2017, and October 2017

“Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!” https://atlanta.makerfaire.com/

Check out some previous events that Streetcat organized for Freeside Atlanta as director of educational programming.

+ DIY Synth Group Build: Wall-mounted Alien Screamer (Series) /// October 21, 2017 /// https://www.facebook.com/events/289142434917961/
+ Ninja WiFi Phishing with George Chatzisofroniou /// September 19, 2017 /// https://www.facebook.com/events/305456543254581/
+ Stupid Ideas Hackathon /// September 15, 2017 /// https://www.facebook.com/events/1044512419018038/
+ Freeside BBQ /// July 29, 2017 /// https://www.facebook.com/events/1969383319964873/
+ Python for Beginners /// July 23, 2017 /// https://www.facebook.com/events/434961633556409/
+ Open Synth Build /// June 17, 2017 /// https://www.facebook.com/events/1895891947353528/
+ Modular Synthesis 101 /// April 15, 2017 /// https://www.facebook.com/events/643331765862736/
+ Introduction to Electronic Musical Instruments /// February 21, 2017 /// https://www.facebook.com/events/299362903812916/

and dozens more!

 

Public events

 

Classes at Freeside

 

Building stuff and being weird at Freeside