Who are we?

Interlock is the first and only hackerspace in Rochester, NY. Our goal is to provide the community with a place to share, learn, and develop ideas in a collaborative, social environment.  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.

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 enthusiasts, electronics engineers, programmers, security savvy, network admins, 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.

What are the benefits of membership?

  • 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

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, and internet access. Members are asked to pay timely dues of $50/month, with discounted membership for full-time college students at the rate of $35/month. We also have an associate membership level, which gets you all member benefits except a key and a vote, for $25 a month.

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