Who are we?

Interlock Rochester is a 501(c)3 non-profit Hackerspace whose goal is to provide a physical space and community to its members and the public at large. We provide workshops, classes, and a community of hackers with a wide range of interests: 3D Printing, information security, electronics, micro-controllers, laser cutting, radios, programming, networking, and much more that falls on the geek spectrum.

Interlock’s space consists of a variety of rooms for different purposes. A workshop room for metal and wood working, two electronics benches for soldering and electronics projects, a true radio shack with radio equipment, spectrum analyzer, ham radio gear as well as a presentation room with AV equipment for presentations and workshops. Interlock is run based on members support but is open to the public for all of its community events. Membership is never required to attend.

Interlock began in October of 2009 when a small group of like-minded technologists saw the need for a common work and play space for Rochester’s vast number of talented engineers, designers, and artists. The group was officially incorporated on December 1st, 2009.

What is a hackerspace?

A hackerspace is a physical location for individuals to gather, collaborate, socialize, work on projects, and make things. There are more than 350 hackerspaces worldwide that have registered with Hackerspaces.org, a lot of which have been established for several years, while some are still in the early planning stages.

As a part of the hackerspace community, we are involved in a growing movement to expand, rethink, and refactor technology in a collaborative, creative environment. Participating in this community allows our organization the ability to expand and connect with like minds globally, from collaborating on projects to attending and supporting virtual and physical events sponsored by other hackerspaces.

Who are our members?

The members of Interlock Rochester have diverse backgrounds and interests, and there are no requirements for background knowledge. You do not need to be an expert in any given area of computing, science, mathematics, or art. We take pride in welcoming anyone into our community who has a genuine interest in learning, sharing, and collaborating on ideas and projects.

What kind of projects do you work on?

Members have a very wide range of backgrounds including 3D Printing experts, electronics engineers, radio enthusiasts, programmers, information security boffins, network admins, classic arcade aficionados, and the list goes on. Members often bring their personal projects to space to share or ask for help on. You can see what projects we’re working on at our Trello Page. Members often work in teams to complete their projects. If you have a project you’re looking for a partner in, stop by and meet the group.

What are the benefits of membership?

Full Members $50/$35:

Members have access to our space 24/7 and can use it to store and work on their projects, hold meetings, attend classes, or just hang out with other people doing extremely interesting stuff. As well as:

  • Key fob for 24×7 access to the space
  • Access to electronics bench and tools (e.g. soldering iron, oscilloscope)
  • Access to various hand and power tools in the space
  • Permission to checkout group owned devices and equipment
  • Open invitation to all Interlock events
  • Discounts to classes that require tools and materials
  • Dedicated space to keep your personal projects and equipment
  • Discounts to local organizations that have partnered with the space
  • Shell account access to Interlock servers
  • Access to the group discussion list
  • Access to various tools in the space
  • Voting rights for where money should be spent, how the space should look, and other general decisions made by the group

Table Hackers $100:

  • All of the above rights of a full member
  • A dedicate desk, chair, power and Internet hookup
  • A lock and key to your office to keep your equipment in

How can you become a member of Interlock?

If the idea of a hackerspace interests you, we welcome you to become involved in our community. You do not have to pay dues to get involved with Interlock events and activities. Spend some time at Interlock during our open nights, get to know other members, and if you decide membership is right for you, let us know!

If you’re ready to join, here are the steps:

  1. Fill out the membership application form found here
  2. Print and fill out the membership agreement found here
  3. Come to the space and ask a member to help you with your next steps!

What does membership cost?

As with any organization in a physical location, Interlock incurs a number of expenses including rent, utilities, internet access, tools and equipment.

  • Full Member: $50
  • Table Hacker: $100
  • Student Member: $35
  • Associate Member: $25

Members should receive an invoice from the treasurer.  If you don’t receive an invoice, please contact the Treasurer.