As you might know, Interlock is pretty into the idea of Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) and technology and when we heard that Fedora was planning their annual con, Flock To Fedora, here in Rochester, we were pretty excited. There are a ton different talks in various categories including Linux desktop, infrastructure, security, kernel, and hardware. Check out the schedule here:
When we travel, it’s common for hackerspace members to reach out to other hackerspaces located in our destinations. It’s a great way to meet the locals, share ideas, and learn how other people run a hackerspace. Interlock has entertained guests from all over. Sometimes travelers will email us saying they are doing a tour of hackerspaces in the region and wanted to stop in for a night. When we’re available, we’re happy to entertain at the space and even take them out for a drink. I remember one visit from a group travelling first to New York City (NYC Resistor, Alpha One Labs), going up through Syracuse (SIG 315), to Rochester (Interlock) and ending up in Toronto (Hacklab). Our members have visited spaces all over the country; Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina, and Washington DC are a few that I can remember. There is even a hackerspace passport that Noisebridge started where you can get it stamped at the various hackerspaces that you visit.
Myself and another member recently visited Iceland for New Years for just over a week and the day after we landed, we jumped on the Hakkavélin IRC channel to reach out to see when open hours were and if we could arrange a visit. While the space wasn’t opened due to the holidays, Sigurður óskarsson was kind enough to meet us at the hackerspace to take us out to a cafe in town. We talked shop a bit, discussing projects people were working on and history of each others’ spaces, along with operational details like how they handled membership and how much they charged.
We learned about their door system which consisted of a full computer sitting outside of the space controlling the door lock. In order to get in, you have to figure out how to use the console in a hackery way. As I understand it, there’s also an IRC bot which controls this door if you message the right user. Located inside the University of Reykjavik, the group is just outside of the downtown area in South Reykjavik. With only four hours of light this time of year, I wasn’t able to get a good look at the university but the buildings I saw were pretty with huge glass walls.
If you have never considered looking up a local hackerspace on your vacation or business trip, I would strongly recommend you consider it next time. It’s a great way to meet like-minded folk in different locations.
Every year, we have an annual meeting to hang out, throw a party, and elect a new board of directors based on our company bylaws. We are happy to announce a lot of new faces ready to bring some ideas to the space.
Our new president, Scott Lawrence brings his background in electronics, software development, antique computer hardware, electronic reverse engineering, and Legos to the position. Carl Schmidtmann will complete a second term as Vice President providing his knowledge of numerous subjects including super computers, Linux, electronics and all kinds of subjects. A relatively new member, Joe Hale is welcomed in as our Secretary. Bill Horst-Kotter will be representing the “Member at Large” position.
We are especially excited about our new treasurer, Ryan Tucker, as he has been investing time into improving our financial situation, helping to make it easier to take in donations as a newly 501c3, and making sure that money is being spent wisely. As a member, Ryan will continue to leak out his knowledge related to RF, software-defined radios, software development, electronics, networking, and all kinds of interesting subjects we have yet to discover.
We look forward to the next generation of Interlock Rochester’s board of directors.