Interlock ROC Brewing Takeover

This is a public announcement to let you know that we’ll be taking over ROC Brewing on Tuesday, October 28th. We’ll be hanging out there, enjoying $1 off all their beers, and working with the brew masters to come up with Interlock’s take on beer. The event is open to everyone and is a great way to meet the Interlock people as well as the ROC Brewing guys.

Find out more info as it happens on our eventbrite page: HERE

 

from on October 19th, 2014Comments0 Comments

501c3 Status: Approved

501c3

If you’ve ever considered donating to Interlock, but didn’t like the fact that we were only a New York State non-profit organization, well now you can rejoice as our Federal 501c3 status as a non-profit organization has been approved. Last night we celebrated our new Federal status and discussed some of the potential options we have.

What this means

While this doesn’t change a lot from a day-to-day basis, it does mean that if someone was interested in donating to the space to get a tax write-off, we are able to give you a voucher for you to use in your taxes. Some ideas for donations include:

  • Cash donations to help pay our rent
  • Materials donation that go towards a specific project
  • Computer equipment donations (within the last 4 years)
  • 3D printers
  • Various other gadgets that you think we could use

We’ll soon be stream lining our donation process but in the mean time, you can email your donation questions to info at interlockroc.org.

Changes to Dues

As we progress, we will also be making changes to the way that we collect dues. While we cannot say that membership dues are a tax write off, we can adjust our dues so that a portion is for membership, and a portion is a donation for the write off. If this confuses you, don’t worry, we’ll take care of the hard work for you.

Next Steps

We’re still in the process of updating our system for accepting donations, changing how dues are accepted, and working on taking advantage of our status, but in the mean time if you have any questions, you can email info at interlockroc.org.

from on October 8th, 2014Comments0 Comments

Hackerspace In Review: 4 Year Anniversary

This last Saturday, we had a members (and friends of members) only annual meeting. Normally this is a time for everyone to hang out, eat, drink, and give presentations. Previous years, I give my personal presentation about things I wanted to do, things I failed at, things I succeeded, and things I’ll be attempting the coming year. We invited everyone this year to give a similar style presentation and the results were pretty interesting.

Our Past

A quick review of where we’re at. The organization started in September-ish of 2009, where we met in coffee shops around Rochester, to try and come up with whether or not we should make a hackerspace in the area. We came to the conclusion that we wanted to do everything from the ground up, receiving no outside financial help. At the time, we were pretty adamant about not having it called a “Makerspace” because the membership had a much wider range of interests than just making (software development, hardware reverse engineering, network security, radio, art, etc). So our bylaws stated that we will create a space focused on the interests of the members at that time. This gave us a lot of flexibility to interpret what the space would be used for. We received our New York State articles of Incorporation just about January 1st of 2010. From there we have expanded spaces starting out at a meager 200 sq ft temporary space, moving to a 500 sq ft space, and eventually to our current home which is over 1200 sq ft. Our mission statement has been the same since its inception, to provide a space to its members and the community, as well as be an organization that helps individuals developer their skills in science, art, and technology.

Our Present

As always, we had a wide range of accomplishments from our members. Here are a list of things have been working on recently:

  • Reverse engineering Ms. Pac-Man
  • Using thermite and tannerite in fun ways
  • Take EdX, Coursera, classes together: Cryptography, in-line power supplies, calculus, basic electronics
  • Creating a high power antennae with low amounts of money
  • Security research using open source intelligence
  • Using a Raspberry Pi and home sensors to graph and monitor temperature changes in your fridge
  • Artistically building a gigantic light bulb array (without burning down your apartment)
  • Converting your Perl scripts over to BASH (as an excuse to hang out with your kid)
  • Skip’s Adventures in 3D printing

This might give you an idea of the completely different background that our members have, but with the common denominator of expanding and learning more than they do right now.

from on January 13th, 2014Comments0 Comments